Press Release Article


Date: Nov 10, 2005
Press Release Number: 135-2005

New Service is Part of Governor Pataki’s Plan
To Improve Commuting Options Throughout Region

In cooperation with the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is seeking proposals from ferry operators to initiate service between the City of Yonkers and Lower Manhattan.

The selected operator will run ferries between Yonkers and the Battery Park City Ferry Terminal, located just west of the World Trade Center site and Pier 11 at the foot of Wall Street. The LMDC is in the process of allocating a grant to help pay for the operation of the ferry. Proposals are due by December 28, and service is expected to begin in the spring of 2006.

New York Governor George E. Pataki said, “For more than a decade, Yonkers commuters patiently sought ferry service that would provide them with a quick, convenient commuting option to and from Manhattan. We are now on the verge of beginning that service by the spring of next year. The service will benefit the northern suburbs and is a critical step in improving commuter access to Manhattan.”

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “In order to spark regional growth, we must have a transportation network in place to support it. The use of our waterways has become an important option as we look to reduce the dependence on our bridges, tunnels and existing mass transit systems. This service will be part of our regional network, which now has more than 19,500 people using private ferry transportation to get to and from Manhattan each day.”

Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “This ferry service will serve as a spur for the revitalization that is now under way in Lower Manhattan. As we have seen in the past four years, ferry service throughout the region has played a major role in attracting businesses and jobs back to Lower Manhattan. This service will become increasingly important as we continue with the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site.”

Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, “This service, one of several ferry initiatives the Port Authority now has under way, will allow residents of Yonkers to enjoy for the first time a one-seat ride to Manhattan. Under Governor Pataki’s leadership, we are moving forward to provide ferry service from LaGuardia Airport beginning in the spring of 2006, which we expect will play a vital role in helping to drive the region’s economy.”

Stefan Pryor, President of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, said, “We’re happy to join with the Port Authority to provide a much needed additional means of transportation to and from Lower Manhattan. Under the leadership of Governor Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg, the LMDC is committed to creative transportation improvements that will expedite redevelopment at the World Trade Center site – and will serve everyone who lives, works and visits downtown.”

The operator chosen for the Yonkers ferry service will have the option of also providing service to the Village of Haverstraw in Rockland County.

The ferry trip between Yonkers and the Battery Park City ferry terminal is expected to take approximately 40 minutes.

Under its Regional Ferry Program, the Port Authority is providing $2 million to pay for a portion of the rehabilitation of the Yonkers City Pier. Other projects include new ferry landings in Edgewater, N.J. and Staten Island, N.Y.

Additionally, the Port Authority’s permanent 5-slip Battery Park City Ferry terminal is scheduled for completion in January 2007, and the Port Authority also has committed $43 million to NJ Transit for the rehabilitation of the historic Hoboken Ferry Terminal.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; the Port Authority-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.