- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio says a city-wide ferry system will be launched in 2017.

De Blasio announced Tuesday that the system will combine existing East River routes with new landings and services to Astoria, the Rockaways, South Brooklyn, Soundview and the Lower East Side.

The mayor says the service will be pegged to the cost of a Metrocard.

He says a second phase of expansion could benefit Stapleton and Coney Island. But that would require more funding.

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