Press Release Article


Date: May 25, 2006
Press Release Number: 39-2006

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

In cooperation with the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners today approved an agreement with a ferry operator to initiate service between the City of Yonkers and Lower Manhattan.

The operator, New York Water Taxi, will run ferries between downtown Yonkers and the Battery Park City Ferry Terminal, located just west of the World Trade Center site, as well as Pier 11 at the foot of Wall Street. The service can be expanded to Haverstraw in Rockland County.

The LMDC secured a federal grant to assist the operator with startup costs, and the Port Authority agreed to administer the contract. The new service will begin in the spring of 2007 following the completion of improvements to the Yonkers Recreational Pier and related infrastructure, and the arrival of new vessels.

New York Governor George E. Pataki said, “This new service is greatly needed by commuters living in the northern suburbs, and will provide a quick, convenient commuting option to Lower Manhattan. Westchester commuters have waited patiently for this service to begin, and we look forward to its inaugural run.”

Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “As we have seen during the past 4_ years, ferry service throughout the region has played a major role in attracting businesses and jobs to Lower Manhattan. This new service, coupled with the opening of the new Battery Park City Ferry Terminal in spring 2007, will help to accelerate the revitalization that is now under way in the downtown area.”

Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, “This service will join several other ferry initiatives launched by the Port Authority to provide commuters with another means to travel to and from work or recreation activities in Manhattan. For the first time, Yonkers and other Westchester residents will be able to enjoy a one-seat ride to Manhattan, a benefit that we believe will allow this new service to be successful.”

Stefan Pryor, President of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, said, “Providing better access to the suburban workforce is essential to Lower Manhattan’s business community. The LMDC is pleased that it is able to provide funding for ferry service that will enhance the connections between the downtown central business district and the region.”

The ferry trip between Yonkers and the Battery Park City Ferry Terminal is expected to take approximately 45 minutes.

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

The Port Authority’s permanent five-slip Battery Park City Ferry Terminal is scheduled for completion in spring 2007. The Port Authority also 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.

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