A new state-of-the-art ferry terminal will be floated to its home on the Battery Park City promenade on Saturday, June 7, where final installation work will be done in advance of the start of its service later this summer.
The superstructure of the ferry terminal barge was assembled at the East 39th Street pier in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The terminal will be transported to Battery Park City by three tugboats, and then set between two previously installed anchor towers. The terminal is scheduled to reach Battery Park City about 8:30 a.m. and crews will be there throughout the day anchoring it.
The new terminal, with a construction cost of $50 million, will be managed as a public-private partnership. The Port Authority will own the terminal, and BillyBey Ferry Company will operate and maintain it.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, "Ferries are an important part of our efforts to spur more public transit ridership and reduce highway congestion. We believe our investments in the region's ferry system will pay dividends by encouraging more commuters to leave their cars at home."
Port Authority Executive Director Christopher O. Ward said, "Finding ways to move more people more efficiently is what the Port Authority is all about. Ferries are a key piece of the transportation puzzle, and this new ferry terminal will allow us to keep up with increased demand as we continue to rebuild Lower Manhattan."
The new terminal will replace a temporary one that has three ferry slips, and was placed further north to accommodate construction. The new terminal provides:
- Five ferry slips that will accept both side and end-loading vessels;
- A larger 22,000-square-foot passenger waiting area to reduce passenger crowding; and
- Improved amenities, such as gangway separations for arriving and departing passengers, restrooms, concession kiosks, additional seating and improved lighting.
The Battery Park City Ferry Terminal now handles 7,400 weekday passenger trips. The new terminal is expected to handle increased ridership from the completed Goldman Sachs building in Battery Park City and the World Trade Center site.
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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, Stewart International 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.