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Ferries, bikes and a shorter commute downtown

New York Water Taxi announced today the launch of a new partnership with Citi Bike, aimed at increasing access to waterfront communities in a fun and healthy way.

The pair’s ‘Ultimate Commute Package’ will encourage New Yorkers to take advantage of travel by bike and boat—shortening commute times from the Far West Side to the Financial District and helping to alleviate some of the gridlock  in Lower Manhattan.

New York Water Taxi’s new Westside Ferry launched in May; it runs every 15 minutes during rush hour between Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 (at West 44th St) and Brookfield Place (World Financial Center).  Passengers on the New York Water Taxi’s newest ferry service from the far west side to the World Financial Center will get a discounted pass for Citi Bike. The new Citi Bike partnership will ensure that this commute is made even more accessible for residents of the booming but transit-starved Far West Side, and those who work in new office space in Lower Manhattan.

“We are proud to kick off an exciting new partnership with Citi Bike today,” said Helena Durst, President of New York Water Taxi. “Not only will the Ultimate Commute Package help to link two growing modes of transportation, it represents another step forward in bringing our city’s waterways back into the day-to-day lives of so many New Yorkers.”

The new package will make the commute downtown easier, and cheaper.
The new package will make the commute downtown easier, and cheaper.

“Citi Bike is already helping connect New Yorkers with transit, this new partnership makes it even easier to connect with New York Water Taxi,” said Dani Simons, Director of Marketing for New York City Bike Share, operators of Citi Bike.  “There are more than 520 miles of waterfront in New York City, and more than 900 miles of bike lanes; we are proud to help connect these two infrastructures and help to make New Yorker’s daily commutes quicker, easier, and more fun.”

For a limited time, the ‘Ultimate Commute Package’ will be available for $12.00 per day and $49 per week.  Moving forward, the program will cost $18.00 per day, with volume discounts planned for everyday riders.

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