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NY Waterway Expands Ferry Service

Your Key to the City program launches Monday, adding trips to midtown.

It’s no longer just your commuter ferry service out of Belford.

That’s what , the operator out of the , wants people to know about its new, expanded service.

In response to customer feedback, the is now going to start offering weekday service directly to midtown New York as part of its new program dubbed Your Key to the City. The program offers one-stop leisure trip shopping via NY Waterway.

“The customers’ feedback has been that they want to be able to get to mid-town for work or for leisure, so we’re rolling out this new program,” NY Waterway Spokesman Pat Smith said. “Starting Monday, this will be made very easy for people. It’s a one-stop shopping experience. You’ll be able to go online to get your ferry tickets, Broadway show tickets … everything you need. Then all you have to do is go to the Belford terminal where a real live human will be there to help you make travel and entertainment decisions from that point on.”

The ferry will take riders on a one-hour trip that first stops at lower Manhattan, which takes 40 to 50 minutes, and then 39th Street (another 10 minutes). Once at 39th Street, ferry customers can catch a free bus, which meets every Waterway ferry. The bus will take them to any of four mid-town destinations.

“One goes across 42nd Street, another goes across 34th, and two others go across 50th and 57th streets,” Smith said. “We’re doing this for the leisure travel benefit it presents to people.” And, he added, children 12 and under ride for free.

 “If you’re a family making a special visit, all children under 12 ride free, or a commuter who wants to get to midtown, this Belford route improvement combined with the Your Key to the City makes it easier,” NY Waterway Executive Vice President Arthur E. Imperatore Jr. said. “We unlock the mystery of the Big Apple and provide a seamless, hassle-free entertainment experience.”

For more information and to arrange your trip, go to NY Waterway’s Web site at nywaterway.com or call 1 800-53-FERRY. 

NY Waterway also has a free app, that includes a bus locator, which can be downloaded for free via the Web site.

Ferries leave the Belford terminal at 6:30, 7:30, 8, 8:40 and 9:30 a.m. Return trips leave New York at 2:30, 3:15, 4, 5:35 and 6:45 p.m.

Joseph LeRoy April 29, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Great Idea. Not afforable for seniors on a fixed income.
Joseph LeRoy April 29, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Roundtrip fares are way too expensive.
Elaine Van Develde April 30, 2012 at 03:45 AM
I know it's expensive, Joe. But, it's such a nice treat. There are senior discounts. It shaves a few bucks off the price tag.

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