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Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County, in partnership with Dutchess County and the cities of Newburgh and Beacon, is pleased to announce an agreement with The Hudson River Maritime Museum to utilize the Solaris, a solar-powered tour boat, for trips on the Hudson River this fall.
The Solaris will operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th, and again on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th. The boat will run every hour, leaving the Newburgh Washington Street Boat Launch (2 Washington Street). It will depart Beacon from the Beacon Institute Dock, located on the Beacon waterfront by the MetroNorth Train Station, every half-hour. Fares will be $2 each way, exact change only. The rides will be first-come, first-serve.
“Orange County is thrilled to partner and a shared funding commitment with our counterparts in Dutchess County,” Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said. “The Solaris is the only solar-powered boat in operation on the Hudson River and provides an eco-friendly option for transportation. I encourage everyone to enjoy the great experiences we have to offer along the scenic Hudson and this is a great way to do that.”
Added Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro: “This partnership will benefit residents in both communities, giving us another avenue to showcase some of the many locations and amenities that make us distinctly Dutchess. We are happy to have partnered with our colleagues in the Dutchess County Legislature, as well as our friends in Orange County, to make this collaboration a reality.”
The Solaris can travel up to 50 miles at night without the use of solar panels. Even on cloudy days, the solar panels are so efficient that they continue to power the batteries. The tour boat can accommodate up to 28 passengers and does not require fossil fuels to operate.
Alexandra Church, the City of Newburgh’s Director of Planning and Development, said she hopes the service will encourage people on both sides of the river to discover more about their neighbors and communities across the way, just a 20-minute ride from each coast. While there is a commuter ferry operated by the MTA during rush hour weekdays, this experimental service will provide weekend connectivity.
The Solaris service will help determine whether there is enough interest and traffic for a more regular service. Other benefits of increased service include both cities will attract more regional tourism, it will allow for easier transport for local residents to access strong job markets and entertainment, and it will build innovative relations between the cities of Beacon and Newburgh. Funding for the initiative was provided by Orange and Dutchess counties.
For more information, contact Justin Rodriguez, Assistant to the County Executive for Communications and Media Relations at 845.291.3255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.