In preparation for the launch of citywide ferry service — scheduled to begin next summer — New York City’s Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) released renderings Wednesday of the 15 ferry landings it is constructing or upgrading in all boroughs except Staten Island, reports AM New York. The floating docks will facilitate service along six water routes between Manhattan, Rockaway, Red Hook, Bay Ridge, Astoria, Long Island City and other locations.
Ten of the landings are new, and five are upgrades to existing stations. NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer told AM New York that the agency is working with neighborhood leaders to make sure the new landings are in the best locations, with consideration for future storms and other climate change-related threats.
City Councilman Donovan Richards Jr., who represents the Rockaways, told AM New York he was pleased with the design of the landings, which feature a curved white roof. He also said he hopes the city meets its timeline. “We need the landings to be as appealing as possible so we can get more people using it,” he said.
The unveiling of terminal designs comes the same week that the MTA announced the L train could either be entirely shut down for 18 months or severely limited for three years to complete necessary repairs to tunnels badly damaged in Hurricane Sandy. Either way, those shutdowns won’t start until 2019, but the city and the L train’s 225,000 daily riders are already looking into alternatives. Ferry service is one, with some service scheduled to begin summer 2017, and full service to expand to the Bronx and Lower East Side in 2018.
Torres-Springer also said this week that two companies, Skanska and McLaren, are at work constructing 10 ferries on Staten Island. They will carry a minimum of 149 passengers, and include fuel-efficient engines. “We made sure these are the greenest boats we can use,” she said.
A report released by NYCEDC in April stated that citywide service will significantly increase air pollution at docking sites around the city, and that there isn’t time to mitigate those effects before a 2017 launch.
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