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Admitting that uk canada goose outlet his administration vastly underestimated canada goose coats canada goose outlet new york city the canada goose outlet online uk appeal of heavily subsidized canada goose boat rides, Mayor Bill de Blasio is doubling official canada goose outlet down on his big canada goose outlet black friday investment canada goose outlet uk in a commuter ferry service for canada goose outlet New York City.

Standing on a dock in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, on Thursday Canada Goose Online morning, Mr. de Blasio said he would commit an additional $300 million to expand canada goose factory sale the service and double the capacity of its fleet. City officials now canada goose outlet uk sale project that NYC Ferry Canada Goose online will attract as many as nine million riders annually, cheap Canada Goose twice their initial canada goose black friday sale forecast.

Some of those regular riders have abandoned the overcrowded, problem plagued subway system, which carries nearly six million riders per day. canada goose clearance sale Others include new residents of thriving waterfront neighborhoods that are poorly served by traditional modes of buy canada goose jacket cheap mass transit, city officials said.

Justin Brannan, a councilman canada goose factory outlet Canada Goose sale from Brooklyn, praised canada goose Canada Goose Coats On Sale outlet shop the ferry service Canada Goose Jackets as a better option. “This is Bay Ridge, there’s two ways out: the R train and the Gowanus, and neither of them are pretty,” Mr. Brannan said, canada goose uk shop alluding to the traffic clogged Gowanus Expressway.

But Mr. de Blasio wanted to present canadian goose jacket the ferry service as an alternative to canada goose uk black friday the subway. He committed about $390 million to build docks in waterfront neighborhoods that were poorly served by the city’s public transit system and to hire a company to build and operate a fleet of boats.

The city launched the canada goose uk outlet service a year ago and quickly canada goose outlet toronto factory found that it had underestimated demand. Last summer, the city had to scramble to charter boats larger canada goose outlet store than its fleet of 149 passenger vessels.

City officials, buy canada goose jacket who had argued against the need for bigger boats, relented canada goose outlet online and revised their order to include boats that can hold 350 passengers. Three of those larger boats are scheduled to arrive from a shipyard in canada goose clearance Louisiana over the summer and canada goose outlet in usa three more are expected next year.

In the meantime, Hornblower, the canada goose coats on sale company that operates the ferries, will charter as many as eight boats that can carry up to 500 passengers each, said James Patchett, chief executive of the city’s Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Patchett Canada Goose Outlet canada goose outlet parka said the chartered vessels would canada goose outlet nyc allow the city to narrow the gap between canada goose outlet sale boats to 20 to 25 minutes on all four of its routes, down from 25 to 60 minutes last summer.

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But Mr. Patchett warned that he could not promise that demand would never again exceed the capacity of the ferries. “On a really crazy beautiful day in the summer, when it seems like everyone in the city wants to go to the cheap canada goose uk beach at the exact same time, there are still going to be lines,” he said.

The service is scheduled to add canada goose Canada Goose Parka outlet jackets two routes this summer, one starting in the Soundview section of the Bronx and the other on the Lower East Side. After those routes canada goose outlet toronto factory are established, city officials will decide where the ferries might go next, Mr. de Blasio canada goose black friday sale said. “There’s a lot of canada goose outlet reviews places that would like ferry service,” he said.

“The answer is a long term funding source that would allow canada goose jacket outlet us to fix the whole God forsaken canada goose outlet canada thing,” Mr. de Blasio said, adding that he believed a different balance canada goose store of power in the state Legislature this fall could provide sufficient support for a so called millionaire’s tax.

Standing on the uk canada goose dock in goose outlet canada the sunshine, Mr. de Blasio refused to let the steady tide of questions from skeptical reporters canada goose outlet store uk erode his enthusiasm for the ferry service he deemed a resounding success.

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