Date:  Mar 17, 2009

Press Release Number:  34


A new state-of-the-art ferry terminal will open on the Battery Park City promenade at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, providing thousands of ferry commuters with improved amenities designed to encourage greater use of this trans-Hudson transportation option.

The new terminal, with a construction cost of $50 million, will replace an existing ferry terminal at Battery Park City that first opened in 1990. The Port Authority will own the terminal, and BillyBey Ferry Company will operate and maintain it.

The new Battery Park City ferry terminal will provide:

  • Five ferry slips that will accept both side and bow-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 kiosk, additional seating and improved lighting.

The Battery Park City Ferry Terminal now handles 6,100 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.

The new terminal was the recipient of the “2008 Public Works Project of the Year” by New York Construction Magazine.

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; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Greenville Yard-Port Authority Marine Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan and is a partner in the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project.