The New York Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced today that the South Brooklyn ferry route, which will connect Red Hook to other spots along the waterfront, will begin service June 1. Weekend service to Governor’s Island will begin two days later, on Saturday June 3, according to the press release.
Fare will equal that of a single subway ride, and allow for free transfers for other ferries within the system. Because the ferries will not be operated by MTA, transfers will not be available from trains or buses.
The South Brooklyn Commuter Ferry route will connect Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Red Hook, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 and Pier 6, and Wall Street. There will also be weekend service to Governors Island. Paper and electronic ticketing will both be available, and passengers will be able to board their bicycles for an extra $1 fee.
“Seasonal ferry service from Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, and Red Hook to Governors Island will enhance the quality of life for thousands of Brooklynites, proving once again the power of our waterways to connect and improve our city,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in an EDC press release.
The city is subsidizing the NYC ferry service to the tune of $55 million in infrastructure upgrades, including ten new ferry landings. The city is also providing $30 million in operating support per year, for six years, and $10 million for additional startup costs, such as vessel upgrades and ticketing machines.