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SEE IT: NYC Ferry Service Launches New Astoria Route

(DNAINFO)  Jeanmarie Evelly | August 29, 2017 — The first boats on the new Astoria ferry route launched Tuesday morning — the fourth line to open as part of the NYC Ferry system, which has served more than 1.5 million riders since its launch at the start of May, city officials said.

The Astoria line shuttles residents from the Hallets Point peninsula to a new landing at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, then to Roosevelt Island, East 34th Street and finally Wall Street — a trip that takes approximately 47 minutes, with boats running every 25 minutes during rush hours.

It joins three NYC Ferry routes already in operation: the Rockaway, South Brooklyn and East River lines. Two more routes — connecting riders on the Lower East Side and the Soundview section of The Bronx — are slated to start next summer.

“It’s a new way for people to get around, and we’ve got to take advantage of it,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference marking the launch of the Astoria route. “Our streets are too crowded, our subways are too crowded, [but] our waterways are nice and open, and so that’s why we knew we had to get back to the water.”

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