East River Ferry to begin charging $4 a ride

June 28, 2011 5:04:31 AM PDT
New York City is closely watching the East River Ferry.

The first two weeks, riders flocked to it. But now the cost of a ride is jumping to $4, nearly twice that of the subway.

The ferry had been free for the past two weeks. Officials expect the crowds to thin somewhat now that riders must pay.

More than 109,000 people rode the ferry between its June 13 launch and Sunday.