The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will provide approximately $54.8 million for ferry-related projects in the New York City-Northern New Jersey metropolitan area to support the expansion of interstate ferry services due to the loss of Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) train service between New Jersey and Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001.
This funding for ferry-related projects supplements $100 million that was previously approved by FTA and distributed to the region for emergency transit capital improvements, and is a part of President Bush’s $20 billion commitment to rebuild and revitalize Lower Manhattan.
“Under President Bush’s leadership, this administration has made its commitment to the New York metropolitan area abundantly clear. The delivery of this vital funding continues the recovery effort and ensures that the resurgence of the New York metropolitan area continues to progress quickly and effectively,” said Mineta. “Today we are providing $54.8 million dollars in funding to support the much needed expansion of interstate ferry services.”
“As a result of September 11th, transit service was severely impacted, disrupting the daily commute of thousands of people who lived, worked and visited one of the largest employment and financial centers in the world. The economic impact was enormous,” stated FTA Administrator Jennifer L. Dorn. “This funding will expand and improve ferry service and go a long way towards restoring the quality of life for all residents and commuters.”
The FTA will administer approximately $32.8 million in funding for the following projects:
- $19 million to New Jersey Transit toward the restoration of the historic Hoboken, New Jersey Intermodal Ferry Terminal. An interim pier currently serves over 24,000 daily ferry passengers;
- $2.4 million to New Jersey Department of Transportation for reconstructing the Sussex St. Pier, at Exchange Place in Jersey City, New Jersey. A nearby interim pier currently serves approximately 10,000 daily ferry passengers;
- $11.4 million to the New York City Department of Transportation and Economic Development Corporation toward the funding of a new West Midtown Intermodal Ferry Terminal at West 38th Street in Manhattan. The existing facility, which currently serves approximately 17,000 daily ferry passengers, will be replaced.
The Federal Highway Administration will administer approximately $22 million to assist in the financing of the following projects:
- $19 million for replacing the Port Imperial Intermodal Ferry Terminal in Weehawken (NJ), currently serving over 11,000 daily ferry passengers;
- $3 million for the South Amboy (NJ) Intermodal Ferry Terminal. A permanent terminal will replace a temporary facility erected shortly after 9/11 that currently serves approximately 600 daily ferry passengers.
These projects will utilize a portion of the $100 million appropriated to the DOT in the Emergency Supplemental Act of 2002. FTA has been working closely with a bi-state, interagency task force, including the major regional agencies involved in ferry services, to identify and prioritize the funding decisions. The complexity of these projects required substantial coordination with the sponsoring agencies to finalize local decision-making and to ensure effective environmental stewardship. FTA will continue to work with the task force to distribute the remaining $45.2 million in funding for ferry-related projects.