Bayonne to Benefit from Ferry Service to Manhattan

By ,   June 4, 2018 ,   Cruise Industry

The City of Bayonne, New Jersey will capitalize on its prime location along the Gold Coast and proximity to NYC, via ferry service from Peninsula City to Manhattan beginning in the near future.

A US$650,000 federal grant was awarded to Bayonne for the building of the ferry terminal. In April, Bayonne City Council voted to start bidding process. 

Port of New York (Cape Liberty NYC)

Image: Port of New York (Cape Liberty NYC)

The planned ferry stop is due to be on the southern shore of Port Authority's Military Ocean Terminal (MOT), located on a man-made peninsula a mile east of Route 440. In 2010, the Port Authority bought the former Army and Navy base from Bayonne and has now agreed to a ten-year deal with Bayonne, leasing 1.5acres of land and about 1acre of berth (where the ferry will dock) for US$200,000 per year.

Results of 2017 impact study concluded that there was high demand for a ferry, citing overcrowded Light Rail during peak commute times and shorter travel time (the ferry ride across Hudson River to Manhattan will be approx 10 minutes). The ferry from Bayonne could be another option for commuters in the surrounding areas.

Details about the total cost of the project, fares, ferry schedules and when service will start will not be available until an operator is chosen.