The Port Authority will build a new permanent ferry terminal in Battery Park City in response to a dramatic increase in ferry service in the New York-New Jersey region.
The Board of Commissioners today approved a contract with Spearin, Preston and Burrows of Staten Island, N.Y., to build a larger, more comfortable ferry terminal that will offer additional seating, an expanded waiting area, restrooms and concessions. The terminal will replace a temporary facility used by more than 7,800 weekday commuters.
New York Governor George E. Pataki said, “This new ferry terminal is a linchpin in the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan’s transportation network, and part of my administration’s ambitious timetable for the rebuilding of the downtown area. It will help provide more efficient, convenient ferry service for more than 7,800 commuters, and will bring people back downtown for work or recreational activities.”
New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey said, “Interstate ferry service has provided thousands of New Jersey commuters with an additional transportation option to get to and from Manhattan, so that commuters can spend less time in their cars and more time with their families. This new terminal is critical to our ability to provide the infrastructure we need to meet the state’s growing demand for ferry service, which we need to relieve congestion on our highways, tunnels, bridges and public transportation systems.”
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “Ferries are once again an important part of the fabric of the New York-New Jersey region, and today serve as a critical transportation option for tens of thousands of daily commuters. This new facility will improve the quality of life for thousands of people and will continue to bolster the economy of the downtown area and the rest of the New York-New Jersey region.”
Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “This new ferry terminal will provide a major boost for the downtown area and for Battery Park City, which is making a strong comeback following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. This new terminal will help improve the quality of life for the thousands of people who live or work in Lower Manhattan and those who plan to visit the area.”
Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, “Since the late 1980s, the Port Authority has moved aggressively to revive ferry service in the region, and to explore ways to make it a more attractive commuting option. This terminal will allow ferry service to grow, which will ease congestion at bridges, tunnels and on Manhattan streets.”
Timothy S. Carey, President and CEO of the Battery Park City Authority, said, “Battery Park City’s recovery from the attacks of 9/11 is evidenced by the opening of our new ballfields, the extension of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Skyscraper Museum and The Solaire, the nation’s first sustainable high-rise residential building. The addition of this new ferry terminal is a wonderful addition to our community and a welcomed reminder that we are back and better than ever.”
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 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, which will help 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 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; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail 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.