Date: Aug 29, 2003
Press Release Number: 115-2003
New Contract Averts Interruption In Service
The Port Authority announced today the selection of New York Water Taxi as the new operator of the ferry service between the Queens West development at Hunters Point to Pier 11 in Manhattan. New York Water Taxi will begin the service on September 2.
New York Governor George E. Pataki said, “The waterways all around New York are an underutilized mass transit opportunity. We appreciate New York Water Taxi’s role in providing ferry services throughout New York City and we look forward to seeing their distinctive yellow catamarans with black and white checks on the Hunters Point-to-Manhattan routes.”
Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “We are very pleased that New York Water Taxi will be continuing this important ferry service from the Queens West development at Hunters Point to both midtown and lower Manhattan, which together average 500 passenger trips every weekday.”
Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, “Our goal has been to continue the Hunters Point service without interruption to ferry riders. Under the terms of this new agreement, service will be restored in time for the Tuesday morning rush hour on September 2nd.”
The current ferry operator indicated that they will terminate all services on August 29. The new contract also provides for the operation of an outdoor parking lot with the capacity to handle up to 250 vehicles. Long Island Rail Road operates near the Hunters Point site, located in Long Island City, and has the potential of attracting commuters from Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island and Manhattan.
New York Water Taxi currently operates a ferry service between Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn and Pier 84 at West 42nd Street in Manhattan, making stops along the way at Pier 11, Pier A, the North Cove at Battery Park City and Pier 63 in Manhattan.
New York Water Taxi Chairman Douglas Durst said, “We founded New York Water Taxi as a ferry service for the people of New York City and are thrilled to be expanding to meet the commuting needs of New Yorkers from Manhattan\'s Upper Eastside and Queens.”
For more information on the new ferry service visit www.nywatertaxi.com.
The Queens West Waterfront Development is a joint effort among the City of New York, the State of New York and the Port Authority to create a mixed-use development on 75 acres in the Hunters Point area; a similar project in partnership with the City of Hoboken is underway along Hoboken’s South Waterfront.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. 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 also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.