East River Ferry beats estimates, hits 1 million riders

The NY Waterway's East River Ferry docks and

The NY Waterway's East River Ferry docks and takes off at Brooklyn Bridge Park. (Linda Rosier) (Credit: The NY Waterway's East River Ferry docks and takes off at Brooklyn Bridge Park. (Linda Rosier))

The East River Ferry topped 1 million riders in its first year of service, officials announced Monday, more than doubling what the city was expecting.

Riding the ferry from Williamsburg to Pier 11 near Wall Street Monday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn lauded the year-old pilot, which is planned to go through at least 2014.

"The East River Ferry has consistently exceeded paid ridership predictions and provided residents and tourists alike with a fun, scenic alternative to getting around some of New York City's most vibrant neighborhoods," Quinn said, adding that additional service is being planned for all five boroughs.

The ferries, which run from Manhattan to Brooklyn, Queens and Governor's Island, cost $4 for a single fare and $140 for an unlimited monthly pass.

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