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PORT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES PILOT FERRY PROGRAM BETWEEN JERSEY CITY AND LOWER MANHATTAN WILL REMAIN IN OPERATION REMAINDER OF YEAR TO OFFSET CLOSURES OF WTC AND EXCHANGE PLACE PATH STATIONS DURING WEEKEND WORK

Date: May 02, 2014
Press Release Number: 93-2014

Ferries will remain as an alternative means of transport across Hudson River

The Port Authority will continue weekend ferry service between the Paulus Hook Terminal in Jersey City and the World Financial Center Ferry Terminal in New York throughout 2014, following the success of a six-week pilot program for weekend riders who would normally use PATH between New Jersey and Lower Manhattan.

Nearly 10,000 riders were using the ferry service most weekends during the pilot, with ridership exceeding that figure one weekend. Such strong usage clearly demonstrated the service was a valuable alternative mode of transportation for PATH riders inconvenienced by the weekend work closures.

BillyBey Ferry Company, operating under the NY Waterway banner, will continue to provide the service under contract with the Port Authority on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the rest of the year, subject to periodic terminal closures for repairs and maintenance. The WTC and Exchange Place stations will remain closed each of the remaining weekends in 2014, since major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas fall on Thursdays.

The ferry is for PATH weekend riders as an alternative to service typically provided at the Exchange Place and World Trade Center stations. PATH is in the midst of a weekend outage schedule for an array of projects, including but not limited to post-Sandy desalination, track repairs, life safety/security work, lighting and communications, as well as recovering schedule time lost due to Superstorm Sandy to implement Positive Train Control safety improvements.

The ferry fare will be the same as a PATH ride, $2.50 one-way, or $5.00 roundtrip, paid via cash, credit or debit card at either terminal ticketing booth. This cost is below the typical cost of a ferry ride across the Hudson River. Children age five and under ride free. Riders can also board with bicycles, and will be subject to the ferry's additional $1.00 charge.

Additionally, passengers can now purchase weekend PATH tickets using the NY Waterways Smartphone App. The mobile ticketing app is available as a free download for iPhones and Android phones. Tickets purchased through the mobile ticketing app are activated by passengers immediately in advance of boarding, whereupon a boarding pass will be displayed on the passenger’s phone. Purchasing tickets through the mobile ticketing app is a great way for riders to avoid lines at ticketing booths.

Weekend ferry service will continue to run from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and may be adjusted according to demand levels. Travel time between terminals is approximately seven minutes and ferries will depart every 15 minutes, beginning with the 8 a.m. departure from Paulus Hook. The last ferry will depart Paulus Hook at 9:45 p.m. and the World Financial Ferry Terminal at 9:53 p.m. One boat will be traveling back and forth between these two terminals.

Ferry service is available this weekend, Saturday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., at the Paulus Hook Terminal in Jersey City and the World Financial Center Ferry Terminal in New York. To accommodate cyclists participating in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, the ferry contractor will run seven additional early-morning ferries on Sunday, May 4, from Paulus Hook in Jersey City to the World Financial Center Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan, beginning at 6:00 a.m. and departing every 15 minutes thereafter.

On Saturday, May 3, trains remain on a 10-minute schedule on the Journal Square-33rd (Hoboken) line. On Sunday, May 4, work will occur on the Newark-Journal Square line from approximately 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. with trains operating at 30-minute intervals. The Journal Square to 33rd Street (via Hoboken) line will be on a 10-minute schedule from approximately 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Those needing to connect to PATH trains may go to the Grove Street station – which is approximately a 12-minute walk and the closest open PATH station from the Paulus Hook Terminal. The closest entrance to PATH is at the intersection of Christopher Columbus and Marin Boulevard. Please note, Grove Street does not have an elevator and is not ADA-accessible.

Newport, another nearby station, is ADA-accessible and equipped with elevators. To get to Newport, you can take the NJ Transit Light Rail from Exchange Place to Newport. NJ Transit is cross-honoring PATH passengers who show their SmartLink card or Metrocard. As an alternative, passengers can walk north on Washington Boulevard to the Newport station, which is about a 20-minute walk.

For those traveling from Manhattan to Jersey City, the World Trade Center Ferry Terminal is located at end of Vesey Street on the Hudson River, in close proximity to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's 2, 3, E and R subway trains and M20 and M22 buses.

For ferry alerts and advisories, please see the NY Waterway website's alerts and advisories page: http://www.nywaterway.com/AdvisoriesAlerts.aspx

PATH riders also may seek information on alternative service from the Port Authority website, PATHAlerts and Twitter.

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Toll Free Information Line: 1-800-234-PATH (7284)

Email: PATHCommunity@panynj.gov

Notices: Posted in all PATH stations and on PATHVISION
MTA Information: http://mta.info/nyct

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