GOVERNORS ISLAND — Ferrying over to Governors Island from Brooklyn will be a bit more convenient next season.
The ferry between Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6 and Governors Island will run on the half-hour for certain high-traffic weekend days next year, including during the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party, Memorial Day weekend and the FIGMENT art festival, officials announced Sunday.
All ferries from Pier 6, which only run on the weekends, have just offered hourly service in the past.
The additional ferry service will help alleviate congestion and long lines on those busy days, according Councilman Brad Lander, who helped secure the $62,000 in the city's 2016 budget to fund the expansion.
Lander is continuing to push for daily service from Pier 6, a spokesman for Lander said. Currently, there is only daily service from Lower Manhattan.
Last spring, Lander organized a petition meant to garner support for daily service to the island, which gathered more than 1,000 signatures.
“In recent years more and more people, excited about the new opportunities happening on the island, have been lining up at Pier 6 to make the trip," Landers said in a statement. "And as Governors Island becomes a destination not just for summer weekends, but for school, commercial activity, little league practice, artist space and more, we’ve got to keep pushing for expanded service."
The Governors Island public season, which runs May through September, ended on Sunday.