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South Brooklyn's Ferry Service Just Got Faster in an Effort to Improve 'Transit Desert' Conditions

South Brooklyn route now operates with faster ferry connections on weekday mornings to reduce travel times to Manhattan.
NYC Ferry at South Williamsburg Landing. Photo: Provided/NYC Ferry.

Mayor Eric Adams, NYCEDC President Andrew Kimball, and Council Member Justin Brannan officially launched a pilot program for faster ferry connections along the South Brooklyn route last week.

With this service change, riders will have faster morning commutes to Lower Manhattan by making fewer stops on their way to Wall Street/Pier 11, reducing travel times by 20 minutes for some riders.

“This express ferry route is a huge win for residents of South Brooklyn, who have been isolated in a transit desert for too long,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams.

“Equity, accessibility, and fiscal sustainability are at the heart of our administration’s vision for the NYC Ferry system, and today we are taking a major step forward on all three fronts. To our neighbors in Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Red Hook, and across South Brooklyn who will benefit from much shorter commutes, I look forward to seeing you on the water soon.”

This pilot on the South Brooklyn route builds off the NYC Ferry’s Ferry Forward plan, announced last summer, to make for a more equitable, accessible and financially sustainable ferry system.

NYCEDC has developed new strategies for improving the system, building on successes, and incorporating lessons learned during five years in operation plan, NYC Ferry has created the Ferry Discount Program, released a pilot route – all of which aim to support the goals of a more accessible and more financially sustainable system for New Yorkers.

“South Brooklyn has long been underserved by mass transit, but [Wednesday's] announcement changes that for thousands of residents in our waterfront communities," said Deputy Mayor for Economic and Workforce Development Maria Torres-Springer. 

"With ferry ridership numbers already above pre-pandemic levels, I am excited to see the Mayor’s innovative Ferry Forward plan working to lower costs, increase ridership, and reduce commute times for New Yorkers. I look forward to continuing to work together on the success of our NYC Ferry system." 

Detailed timetables for the South Brooklyn faster connections route, along with a map of all NYC Ferry routes, can be viewed at