SOUTH AMBOY — The company that operates the largest privately-owned
commuter ferry service in the U.S., New York Waterway, is expected to begin construction of a new ferry terminal in the city, according to Council President Fred Henry.
After meeting with ferry magnate Arthur Imperatore, Henry said he is confident that years of effort are about to pay off.
“An estimated 38,000 daily commuters are New York Waterway ferry riders
who travel on the Hudson River, rather than over or under it,” said Henry. “Soon South Amboy will become a launching point for ferry service between
New Jersey and Manhattan.”
The South Amboy Redevelopment Agency has begun final negotiations with
Imperatore’s New York Waterway, the preferred ferry operator. New York Waterway led a revival of ferry service in the region during the 1980s, establishing routes and making ferry service an integral part of the transportation system that carries commuters between New York and New Jersey.
Environmentalists have lauded the alternative to congested roads, bridges,
tunnels and railroads.
“I am looking forward to having ferry service restored to South Amboy because the traffic will have a positive economic impact on local business and the convenience is a great benefit for residents who work in Manhattan,” said Henry.
The city can access about $12 million for construction of the ferry terminal
through the federal Transportation Enhancement Act (TEA-21) grant. The state Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration recently approved the project’s construction plans, the last of about 18 bureaucratic authorizations needed to get the project moving.
The ferry construction project was added to the state Transportation Improvement Program’s list of projects for fiscal years 2009 to 2012 on Aug. 24, according to the Council President. Henry said the city is currently seeking bids on an 800-foot extension to Radford Ferry Road, which will lead directly to the ferry terminal.
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