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Port Authority, Bayonne chart course for commuter ferry service

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey board of commissioners on Thursday approved a lease with the City of Bayonne for a parcel of property at the Port Jersey–Port Authority Marine Terminal, formerly the Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne.

The board approved a 10-year $2.6 million lease with the city that will allow Bayonne to launch a new commuter ferry service to New York City to enhance trans-Hudson commuting options for its growing residential population. The board also approved a 10-year extension option for the property, subject to the Port Authority’s consent.

The lease will allow the City of Bayonne to enter into an operating agreement with a passenger ferry operator in support of ferry service between Bayonne and New York City. The service is expected to serve The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, a growing residential development located near the planned ferry landing. The city will operate and maintain the ferry landing.

Kevin O’Toole, chairman, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

O’Toole

“Expanding options for the growing population of commuters along the Hudson River waterfront is a critical part of this agency’s commitment to keep the region moving,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “Today’s action will allow us to take an underutilized piece of port property and partner with the City of Bayonne to support much-needed trans-Hudson service connecting people to their jobs, families and homes.”

“This lease is in line with our recently completed Port Master Plan, which looks to maximize existing port property to allow for the efficient movement of people and goods over the next 30 years,” said Port Authority Vice Chairman Jeffrey Lynford. “This lease will not impact existing or future seaport operations but will allow us to work hand-in-hand with an important host community to improve transportation options for its residents.”

David Hutter
David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at: dhutter@njbiz.com.

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