Mayor Eric Adams unveiled some bittersweet news for Ferry riders back in July, increasing single-ride fare, while offering a discounted rate for some.
The new fare structure, that officially began on Monday, September 12th, allows frequent riders to continue to pay the $2.75/ride by purchasing a 10-trip pack for $27.50. However, single rides have increased to $4.00 to “allow the system to continue to best serve riders, while generating as much as $2 million in additional annual revenue, helping to reduce the system’s public subsidy,” said a press release.
In light of the fare increase, Mayor Adams announced a new discount program for NYC Ferry titled “NYC Ferry Forward.” The program is intended to turn the ferry system into a more accessible and fiscally sustainable mode of transportation for New Yorkers.
“Getting around New York City shouldn’t feel like you’re running a 5K. Wherever you live in the five boroughs, we want you to have choices, and our vision for the NYC Ferry helps provide New Yorkers with those choices,” said Mayor Adams.
Modeled after the city’s buses and subway Fair Fares programs, the NYC Ferry Discount Program will reduce fare costs for low income riders, seniors, and people with disabilities. One-way tickets will cost $1.35, instead of their normal $2.75—nearly a 50% price drop.
Eligible New Yorkers can apply for the program through the NYC Ferry website or by sending an application in the mail. Once approved, riders can purchase their discounted tickets through the NYC Ferry app or at NYC Ferry ticket windows. The program is expected to aid at least one million New Yorkers.
Mailers had been sent out prior to the launch to nearly 60 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments near ferry landings to further encourage New Yorkers to apply.
Additionally, the plan outlines steps to expand outreach to NYCHA residents, offer free trip vouchers, and eliminate the $1.00 bike fee.
“The NYC Ferry Forward plan is a needed and innovative step toward achieving a ferry system that is deeply accessible while also fiscally sustainable. I have worked closely with President Andrew Kimball and the team at EDC to make sure that we were keeping what was already great, while also thinking creatively and proactively on how to lower costs, increase ridership, and keep the ferries affordable for everyone,” said Council Member Amanda Farías, chair, Committee on Economic Development.Learn more here.