New Yorkers Frustrated By Subway Delays Have A New Way To Commute: By Boat

By Andres Torres

The Soundview ferry line in Clason Point, in the South Bronx, is the latest addition to NYC Ferry, a program that started in May of 2017 and includes five other routes: Astoria, South Brooklyn, Rockaway, East River and the Lower East Side. It’s operated by Hornblower Cruises.

The Soundview line offers a 45-minute ride to Wall Street, with two stops in between at East 90th and 34th streets. It runs seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to about 10 p.m., with ferries every 50 minutes off-peak hours and 30 minutes during peak hours. The ferry ride, using its own pay system, costs $2.75 per ride and $3.75 with a bike.

On this audio piece, ferry riders, local residents and an expert on urban planning talk about the pros and cons of moving around New York City on the water.

Photo by Andres Torres

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