By Lisha Arino on November 4, 2014 1:15pm
LOWER EAST SIDE — The East River Ferry should expand its route to the Lower East Side and Brooklyn Heights, where additional stops would add a “storm resilient” transportation option while also serving growing waterfront communities and parks, elected officials say.
A dozen local politicians urged the city’s Economic Development Corporation to add East River Ferry stops at Grand Street in Manhattan and at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, according to a letter sent to EDC President Kyle Kimball on Oct. 22.
“These stops increase connectivity between the City’s burgeoning Harbor Park [in the Lower East Side] and build a more resilient transit system for New York’s growing waterfront residential and workforce populations,” the officials wrote.
…The East River Ferry began as a three-year pilot slated that would have ended in June 2014, but the city extended its contract until 2019. In January, the EDC released a preliminary citywide ferry survey that identified potential new stops and additional routes.
Grand Street was identified as one of 11 viable new stops, according to the report. The stop would expand the area’s limited transit infrastructure and connect riders to Citi Bike terminals and the M14 and M21 buses, officials said.
Officials said ferry service would also help visitors access Harbor Park at Pier 42 as well as “resiliency and recreational upgrades” that would be implemented by the “Big U” Rebuild by Design Project, which includes landscaped paths that would lead into East River Park.