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Just in time for summer.

May 01, 2017

The city of New York launched ferry service connecting Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan on Monday, in a new mass transportation effort.

“A new era begins in New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “This community, for too long, didn't have the connection to the rest of the city that it deserved.”

At $2.75, the cost of a ride is the same as a subway ticket, and the five new routes will connect some of the under-served communities of the boroughs, including South Brooklyn, Rockaway, and Astoria. The Lower Manhattan-Rockaway route began Monday morning, and the other four routes will be rolled out over the course of 2017 and into 2018.

The city let the second graders of Public School 170 name the boats, leading to such monikers as “McShiny,” “Lunchbox” and “Urban Voyage.”

The ferry service will be a useful addition not only for locals but also for visitors to the city, as it will provide much easier access from downtown Manhattan to the popular beaches of Rockaway. Residents and visitors to Rockaway had continued to struggle with damaged train lines in the wake of super-storm Sandy in 2012, and the ferry aims to better connect this neighborhood.

New York City spent $325 million on the ferry service, and taxpayers will contribute $30 million a year for operating costs each year, according to am New York.

All of the routes will have charging stations and concession stands, The New York Times reported.

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