Brooklyn Borough Hall meeting Monday on expanded ferry service
New ferries to cut travel time to Red Hook, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge and more
A public meeting about the city’s plan to expand ferry service to Red Hook, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Rockaway, and other areas of the city will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 at Brooklyn Borough Hall as part of the environmental review process.
The five new routes, which also include service to Astoria, the Lower East Side and Soundview (The Bronx) are expected to cut commute times and will cost $2.75, the same as other forms of mass transit, through the use of subsidies.
The EDC is proposing to launch the first three routes (Rockaway, the South Brooklyn stops and Astoria) in spring/summer 2017 and the remaining two routes (Lower East Side and Soundview) in spring/summer 2018.
“By then maybe I’ll get over my fear of water,” said long-time Bay Ridge native Rick Buttacavoli, who sees the new service “taking off.” He said he has some concerns, however, about the congestion it might bring to 69th Street in Bay Ridge. “The pier is not Whitehall.”