The Peconic Bay Water Jitney quietly set out on its maiden voyage at 7 a.m. on Thursday, and will continue to connect Sag Harbor and Greenport every day for the remainder of the season.
The ferry service has been permitted by the village boards of and on a pilot basis, as well as . It is a joint venture of and Response Marine.
“The water jitney helps to address the lack of north and south bound transportation options on the East End, and we believe it will also promote the areas natural assets helping to stimulate economic growth,” Hampton Jitney President Geoffrey Lynch said.
Response Marine’s Jim Ryan, talking from the 53-passenger ferry Thursday morning, said riders were coming aboard even though the first day of service was never advertised.
As anticipated, a one-way trip takes approximately 45 minutes, he said.
The Water Jitney will take seven round trips a day Sundays through Thursdays, and eight round trips Fridays and Saturdays.
The departure points are the north end of the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, and at Mitchell Park in Greenport in front of the marina office, near the carousel.
Ryan said that the ferry takes walk-ons, but passengers with reservations will always get seated first, so he encouraged making reservations on weekends.
The service also includes a free shuttle and free parking for passengers from the Lumber Lane municipal lot in East Hampton 45 minutes prior to Sag Harbor departures, and at the Pierson High School parking lot on Jermain Avenue 30 minutes prior to departures.
Passengers getting off at both Sag Harbor and Greenport can connect to Suffolk County Transit or the Hampton Jitney's service to New York City, according to a Peconic Jitney statement.
Adult one way fare is $11 and roundtrip fare is $20. Visit peconicjitney.com or call 631-702-8300 for more information.