Jersey City will soon have the most extensive ferry service of any town in the state.
A ferry from the Harborside waterfront location will have commuter service to two New York locations beginning Oct. 2, according to a joint announcement by Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, NY Waterway President Arthur E. Imperatore, Mack-Cali Realty CEO Michael J. DeMarco and Roseland Chairman Marshall B. Tycher.
It will be Jersey City’s fourth commuter ferry terminal, with an eight-minute crossing to the West 39th Street Ferry Terminal in Midtown Manhattan and a six-minute ride to the Brookfield Place/Battery Park City Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan.
“Investment in transit and finding alternative means of transportation has been a focus of our administration since Day 1,” Fulop said. “Whether it was creating 22 miles of bike lanes, adding a 24-hour bus route to and from New York City and now this commuter ferry terminal at Harborside, not only are we giving our residents more mass transit options, but we are allowing visitors another avenue in which to fully experience Jersey City’s rich cultural scene.”
Imperatore credited the joint effort in allowing the NY Waterway to “offer even more people who live and work in Jersey City the better commuting alternative — the ferry — a faster, more dependable, environmentally cleaner way to get across the Hudson River.”
The Harborside Ferry Terminal at 210 Hudson St. is served by the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, the PATH at Exchange Place and NJ Transit buses on routes 80 and 82.
“Harborside now has the complete transit package,” DeMarco said. “The ferry provides a direct connection to both PATH and the light rail, and Harborside has 3,500 parking spaces available for those who commute by car. Additionally, commuters can be comfortable waiting for their next connection inside the recently renovated Harborside Atrium.”
Service between Harborside and the West 39th Street Ferry Terminal will run 6:30 to 9:50 a.m. and 4 to 7:38 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ferries will depart every 30 minutes.
At West 39th Street, NY Waterway has free connections to its fleet of climate-controlled buses serving five routes throughout Manhattan. Fares are $8 for a single ticket, $75 for a 10-trip ticket and $274.50 for a monthly pass.
Service between Harborside and Brookfield Place/Battery Park City will be offered from 6:40 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, with ferries departing every 15 minutes.
Fares are $6 for a single ticket, $56.50 for a 10-trip ticket and $196 for a monthly pass.
For more information on NY Waterway routes and fares, call 1-800-53-FERRY or visit http://www.nywaterway.com/harborside.aspx.