Good news for East River Ferry riders: the service, which had been set to expire in June of next year, has been extended until 2019. The weekend fare will increase from $4 to $6 after the extension, with less service during winter weekends.
The ferry service, operated by the private company NY Waterway, costs the city about $3 million per year in subsidies. As Streetsblog points out, Citi Bike has a ridership about ten times as high: 19,000 people used it on Wednesday alone, despite sub-freezing weather. The ferry is great, but why won’t the city fund bikes, too?
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