Ferry service is a step closer.
A ferry landing planned for Long Island City (LIC) North is to be located off of Center Boulevard in Gantry Plaza State Park directly across the east channel of the East River from FDR Park, near the landmarked Pepsi sign, accrording to an announcement made Monday in a press conference.
The LIC North ferry landing is part of the new Astoria route that will service Roosevelt Island. It’s scheduled to launch in summer 2017. When completed, the route will connect Astoria, Roosevelt Island (the stop is to be called “Cornell Tech”), Long Island City, East 34th Street, and Wall Street. The LIC North ferry landing is projected to have the highest ridership outside of Manhattan at 4,000 daily riders.
“Citywide Ferry Service will provide increased transportation options for commuters in western Queens – and the cost of a boat ride to Midtown or Wall Street will be the same as a trip on the subway,” said Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer. “All five boroughs will be better-connected because of this new initiative. Long Island City is growing rapidly, and its residents need a variety of transportation options. I’m thrilled to announce this location and expand citywide ferry service in our neighborhoods.”