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A passenger boards the new #85 ferry line at Söder Mälarstrand, on the island of Södermalm. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden Credit: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden
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The boat trafficking the new line is over a hundred years old, according to one of the boat's crew members. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden Credit: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden
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This month, line 85 started ferrying passengers between Kungsholmen, Södermalm and a dock right across the water from City Hall. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden Credit: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden
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The ferry departs once every half-hour from Klara Mälarstrand. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden Credit: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden

New Stockholm ferry line #85 has plenty of room to spare

New ferry line #85 in Stockholm
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On a recent weekday morning, the new #85 boat line connecting three points along Riddarfjärden in Stockholm, was filled with just a handful of passengers, but those who rode the boat gushed about how much they loved it.

"I think it's wonderful. The landscape, and the view. It's amazing! It makes your day," one commuter, who is happy to take the boat to work now, instead of the bus, told Radio Sweden.

It was about 9:15 in the morning, and she and another commuter were almost alone on the boat, but they think it's starting to catch on.

"If it gets more popular, then they can run it more often," another commuter said hopefully.

One of the crew members, however, said that during certain times of the day, the ferry is more crowded, though still not packed.

The ferry line started on January 11, and it connects Söder Mälarstrand on Södermalm with Kungsholmstorg on Kungsholmen and Klara Mälarstrand, an area very close to the central train station in Stockholm. It departs from Söder Mälarstrand every 15 minutes and from the other points every half hour, until 7 PM. For passengers who hold an SL pass card that's good for a certain period of time, the boat trip is free.

The new ferry line has also faced some criticism, however.

The same day it opened, SL eliminated some of its bus services, in order to save money, reports Dagens Nyheter, and people have questioned whether this line should be a priority, considering the circumstances. Some have also complained that the ferry's stops are not terribly convenient.

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