NY Waterway Chosen to Continue Operating Successful Service
A key ferry route that shuttles more than 6,600 people a day between Hoboken and Pier 11 at Wall Street in Manhattan will continue to be operated by NY Waterway, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners announced today.
Following a publicly advertised Request for Proposals process, the Board agreed to extend a contract with NY Waterway to operate the service until 2009.
NY Waterway was initially awarded an emergency contract on March 25, 2002, to operate ferry service between Hoboken and Pier A and Pier 11 in Manhattan until PATH service to Lower Manhattan was restored.
The service, which proved popular with commuters, has been subsidized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Under the new contract – which takes effect when PATH service to the World Trade Center is restored on Sunday, November 23 – the federal subsidies will be discontinued. In addition, the ferries will no longer stop at Pier A, which was built as a temporary facility until PATH service could be restored.
Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, “The Port Authority has diligently pursued opportunities to expand the use of ferries as a commuting option for people traveling between New York and New Jersey. By encouraging more people to travel by water, we will greatly improve mobility at our bridges and tunnels, while enhancing Lower Manhattan’s competitive position.”
In 2009, the Port Authority will issue another Request for Proposals to consolidate its Hoboken routes – one to the World Financial Center and the other to Pier 11 – under one contract. The Hoboken-to-World Financial Center route is currently operated by NY Waterway.
Since September 11, 2001, ferry service between New York and New Jersey has grown tremendously. Today, approximately 66,000 people commute by ferry in and out of Manhattan, compared to 36,000 people who rode ferries prior to September 11, 2001.
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.