City to start new ferry service routes

May 6, 2008 8:33:50 AM PDT
A new ferry service will start running between Lower Manhattan and Queens next week. The route will go from Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan to Rockaway, Queens. It will also stop at the Brooklyn Army Terminal's pier 4 at 58th street.

"It will be a one-hour ride from southeast queens to manhattan," said Councilman John Liu, Chair of the Transportation Committee. "This is most welcome. We are straining at transit capacity."

The new route is part of a two-year plan to expand ferry service throughout the five boroughs.

New York Water Taxi recently cancelled a similar route, citing high fuel costs.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other elected officials said Monday the route will run from Riis Landing in Far Rockaway, Queens, to the Brooklyn Army Terminal, and to Pier 11 on South Street in Manhattan.

The fare will be $6.