Date: Sep 23, 2002
Press Release Number: 99-2002
In response to the dramatic revival of ferry service in the New York-New Jersey region, the Port Authority is seeking bids to build a new $40 million state-of-the-art ferry terminal in Battery Park City.
The contract documents, issued today to five pre-qualified contractors, call for the construction of a larger, more comfortable terminal offering additional seating, concessions, restrooms, an expanded waiting area and other amenities. The terminal will replace the existing temporary facility, used by more than 13,500 weekday commuters traveling between Battery Park City and Hoboken and Jersey City, N.J.
New York Governor George E. Pataki said, “Ferry service has undergone a major renaissance throughout the New York-New Jersey region, providing more efficient and convenient transportation for 68,000 daily commuters. This new terminal also will play a key role in the revitalization of Lower Manhattan, helping to bring people back to the downtown area for work or recreational activities.”
Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “This new ferry terminal will not only be a boon for the region’s ferry commuters, but will also aid in the revitalization of Battery Park City, which was hit hard by the attacks on the World Trade Center. This new terminal will attract more people to the area, which will help boost business and jobs in the community.”
Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, “Since September 11, the Port Authority has been a leader in helping to revive ferry service in the region. We have spent nearly $10 million to build new ferry piers and upgrade existing ones in both states. Ferries are a convenient mass transit option, which ease congestion at bridges and tunnels and on Manhattan streets.”
Timothy S. Carey, President and CEO of the Battery Park City Authority, said, “The Port Authority’s new state-of-the-art ferry terminal is one more sign that growth and renewal are continuing at Battery Park City. We are pleased that greater comfort and convenience will mean better service for the thousands of ferry riders who live in, work and visit Battery Park City every day.”
Bids for the new ferry terminal are due by October 17, 2002, and a contract will be awarded in December. Construction of the new terminal is scheduled to be completed by June 2004.
The existing temporary ferry terminal has two ferry slips and accommodates 250 landings per day. The new terminal will provide:
• Five ferry slips that will accept both side- and end-loading vessels.
• A larger passenger waiting area to reduce crowding.
• Improved amenities, such as separation of arriving and departing passengers, restrooms, concessions, additional seating and improved lighting.
The new terminal will include two ramps, allowing for better passenger flow on and off the vessels and helping to prevent overcrowding on the esplanade.
The Port Authority consulted with residents of Battery Park City to ensure that the project will have minimal impact on residents of the surrounding community.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.