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Details of New York's Ferry Service 'Gamble'

An ambitious and aggressive plan to launch new ferry service connecting all five boroughs in New York is scheduled to launch in January 2017.
June 18, 2016, 5am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The State Island Ferry will have company as soon as January 2017.
James A. Harris

"Mayor Bill de Blasio is embarking on an ambitious and expensive plan to create a fleet of city-owned ferryboats that would crisscross the surrounding waterways and connect all five boroughs," reports Patrick McGeehan.

Mayor de Blasio announced the ferry service in March of this year, and McGeehan's current coverage serves to detail and explain the service. Also, McGeehan's angle presents the investment as a "gamble" of sorts, on this waterbond mode of transportation:

At a cost of more than $325 million, Mr. de Blasio’s expansion of ferry service would be one of the biggest bets any city in the world has made on boats as vehicles for mass transit. The mayor predicts that the ferries would carry 4.5 million passengers a year, about twice as many riders as San Francisco’s ferry system handles.

The article also includes details about the routes and stations of the new service. A key aspect of Mayor de Blasio's vision for the system: that a ride on one of the city's new ferries will cost the same as the city's subway system.

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Published on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in The New York Times
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