For Greenpoint residents tired of relying on the infrequent G train for transportation, the city has a ferry good idea.
The city plans to run a seven-stop ferry from Long Island City, Queens, to the Fulton Ferry landing by the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan.
From the New York Times:
The service is an attempt by the Bloomberg administration and the City Council to create a robust and viable mass transit alternative for a growing waterfront population that has struggled with clogged subway lines and bus routes that have been truncated or eliminated altogether.
The ferry will have two stops in Williamsburg, as well as two stops in Manhattan.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the plan is designed, in part, to attract business to Brooklyn and Queens.
"If we want every part of Brooklyn, every part of Queens, to be as attractive to businesses and residents as Midtown Manhattan is, we have to make it as easy as possible to get to and from in an orderly, affordable fashion," Quinn said. "That is what ferries can do."
The city has committed $9 million to the project, which is guaranteed to run for three years.
Rides start at $3.
"It's an opportunity for anybody who lives in the area on an overcrowded bus, or an overcrowded subway line," Quinn said. "It isn't just for waterfront dwellers; it's for people in a radius around the waterfront."