New York — New York City has launched its new ferry service.
The NYC Ferry service started Monday, 1 May, with a Rockaway, Queens, route. The area got priority because residents there have some of the city's longest commutes.
The launch also included a previously existing East River route with refurbished ferries.
NYC Ferry will get a South Brooklyn route on 1 June. An Astoria, Queens, route begins in August, followed by Lower East Side and Bronx routes in 2018.
Cutting travel times with two-thirds
An estimated 4.6 million passengers a year are expected to use the ferries, which will cut travel times by as much as two-thirds.
A ride costs $2.75, or about R37, the same as the subway, and includes transfers.
The ferries accept MetroCards, and riders also can buy tickets on their smartphones.
The ferries are Wi-Fi capable and will serve snacks and alcoholic beverages.
This is what the new ferry service looks like -
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