BROOKLYN NAVY YARD — The city has released renderings of new docks that will be built for the Citywide Ferry service once it launches next summer.
The 10 new landings will be coming to Soundview, Astoria, East 62nd Street, Roosevelt Island, Long Island City, Stuyvesant Cove, Grand Street, Red Hook, Bay Ridge and Rockaway by June 2017, according to the city’s Economic Development Corporation.
Each landing will feature ticket machines and waiting areas for passengers. They will be equipped with canopies and windscreens to shield passengers from foul weather.
The designs are currently under final review by the city’s Public Design Commission.
The mayor’s office announced in March that the first routes of the ferry service — The Rockaway, South Brooklyn and Astoria routes — would launch in June 2017.
The Soundview and Lower East Side routes will launch in 2018.
The ferry routes include existing East River stops, as well as new stops in Far Rockaway, Bay Ridge, the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Red Hook, Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, Governors Island, Grand Street, Stuyvesant Cove, East 62nd Street, East 90th Street, Long Island City, Astoria, Roosevelt Island and Soundview.
The EDC says routes from Coney Island and Stapleton on Staten Island are in the planning stages for future expansion of the ferry service.
An EDC environmental report released last month says the neighborhoods surrounding these landing sites could see an increase in air pollution from ferry engine emissions, specifically at Wall Street, East 34th Street, Long Island City, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 and near the ferry system’s new homeport at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
But EDC officials say the ferry would be a net gain for city air quality because it would be a more environmentally-friendly alternative to other more-polluting forms of transportation, and that in the time since the East River Ferries were introduced in 2011, the city's air quality has improved.
The city estimates the new ferry service, operated by San Francisco-based Hornblower, will make an estimated 4.6 million trips per year across the six routes.
A ticket will cost $2.75 and at least when it launches, will not offer free transfers to the city's buses or subways.