NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the first route on New York’s new city-wide ferry system will launch May 1st, a full month ahead of the scheduled date. The city also announced the new ferry system will be called “NYC Ferry” instead of of the original name of “Citywide Ferry Service”.
This is good news all around, and even better for Rockaway residents and visitors as the first route to debut will be the Rockaway route. The new ferry terminal at Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive is complete, and the parking lot across the street will be available to use as well. The city is also implementing a free shuttle service to bring passengers to and from the terminal. The shuttle will run from the Beach 35th Street to Beach 169th Street, with each route terminating at Beach 108th Street. The city also announced that the Rockaway route would include a 5:30 AM departure, which appears to have pleased many. NYC Ferry also told us that the Rockaway route is planned to include 2 boats so the schedule intervals should be convenient as well. The routes are planned to run from 5:30 am – 10:00 pm.