NYC looks to expand ferry service to its far-flung ports

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NEW YORK (AP) – The skyscrapers of Manhattan look almost close enough to touch from parts of the waterfront of Brooklyn’s industrial Red Hook neighborhood. But travel can take a lot of time for residents in the remote area. That’s because there’s limited access to bus routes and no subway stations in the immediate vicinity.

A plan from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio would give them, and New Yorkers in some other far-flung waterfront neighborhoods, another option – ferry service.

In his recent State of the City address, de Blasio said the city would spend an initial $55 million for a ferry system that would start with three routes in 2017 and an additional $10 to $20 million a year. Multiple routes help cover costs of those with fewer travelers, the city explains.

Some transit advocates aren't quite so convinced. They're concerned about costs, the amount of time until it begins, and how much the city would have to subsidize the system.