Press Release Article


Date: Aug 26, 2004
Press Release Number: 105-2004

The rebirth of Lower Manhattan received another boost today as the Port Authority began seeking proposals from ferry operators to initiate service between Lower Manhattan and John F. Kennedy International Airport – a key component of New York Governor George E. Pataki’s transportation strategy to improve Lower Manhattan’s mass-transit options and enhance airport access in New York.

Ferry operators submitting proposals for a JFK-to-Lower Manhattan route also may include in their proposals additional stops for commuter service in Far Rockaway. Proposals are due in November. The ferry slip at JFK will be located near an AirTrain JFK station at Lefferts Boulevard, providing a free and easy rail connection for passengers traveling to and from airline terminals.

Governor Pataki said, “Ferry service has been a critical part of rebuilding Lower Manhattan and making the area more accessible to workers, residents and visitors. Downtown’s revitalization will take another giant step forward with this latest effort, which will provide a fast and direct connection between downtown and the nation’s premier international gateway. We also will award contracts soon for ferry services from Lower Manhattan to Yonkers and LaGuardia Airport, which together with this JFK route will give downtown more transportation options than ever before.”

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia, “In order to encourage and sustain smart regional growth, we must have a transportation network in place to support it. The use of our waterways has become an important resource as we look to reduce dependence on our bridges, tunnels and existing mass transit systems. This ferry service will be part of a regional network that now accommodates more than 40,000 people using this form of transportation to get to and from Manhattan each day.”
Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “This ferry service will serve as an added catalyst for the revitalization that is now under way in Lower Manhattan. As we have seen in the past 2 years, the increase in ferry service throughout the region has played a major role in attracting businesses and jobs back to Lower Manhattan. The role of ferries will become increasingly important as we continue to redevelop the World Trade Center site.”

Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, “This new route, which will allow easy access between Kennedy Airport and Lower Manhattan, is one of several ferry initiatives the Port Authority currently has under way. Under Governor Pataki’s leadership, we are moving forward with all of our ferry initiatives, including a new five-slip floating terminal that we are building at Battery Park City to support ferry service to Lower Manhattan.”

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 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.

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