According to the longest press release ever, the ferry has wildly exceeded expectations, carrying nearly 3 million passengers since its launch in summer of 2011. The five-year extension, with two additional one-year extension options, begins next summer. Fares will remain $4 for a one-way weekday ticket, $6 for a weekend ride, and $140 for a weekday unlimited monthly pass. The schedule won’t change, either.
Nodding to concerns about those new towers in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel said in the release that the ferry insured that “reactivation of the City’s waterfront will continue to be supported by our transportation infrastructure.” Its unclear just how much the city is chipping in for the extension: the initial three-year contract called for $9 million in subsidies.
Marty Markowitz, who’s also on his way out, took the opportunity to schmaltz it up as per yooj: “With apologies to the great poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay: ‘I’m very inspired, Brooklynites are merry—commuters can go back and forth five more years on the ferry!’”