NYC Ferry System Celebrating One Millionth Rider Weeks Ahead of Original Projection

To celebrate, the ferry system is offering half-price beverages to riders.

"I think we understand that if people can't get around, everything that is great about New York City becomes less great for them", said Mayor Bill de Blasio. The ferry service wasn't expected to hit that mark until August 23, but it has proved be extremely popular with New Yorkers, what with the long lines, and the city's decision to hire charter boats to accommodate the growing crowds.

NYC Ferry routes are seen as of July 2017. "The ferry will help western Astoria, where residents have to endure long subway rides, stay better connected with our city and help revitalize Hallets Peninsula".

The NYC Ferry service welcomed its one millionth rider Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio said.

The cost of riding the NYC Ferry mirrors the cost of a MetroCard, with a $2.75 per-ride fee, and $121 for monthly passes. Because of the demand the city will add more vessels and three larger boats that can hold up to 249 passengers compared to the 149 seats on current vessels.

There are three functional routes on the the NYC Ferry at the moment: East River, the Rockaways, and South Brooklyn. Cumulatively, weekday ridership ranges from 8,000 to 12,000 riders.

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a July 26, 2017, celebration after NYC Ferry surpassed 1 million riders. The Lower East Side and Soundview routes will launch next year, after Astoria's.

"NYC Ferry opens doors for people, and it's being located in numerous locations that have been problems in this city for decades, areas that just didn't have enough transportation; that were deprived of the mass transit they needed", de Blasio said at a news conference announcing the millionth NYC Ferry rider since May 1.

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