Hoboken’s Mayor Ravi Bhalla said NY Waterway would locate their ferry maintenance and refueling facility at the former Union Dry Dock site on the Hoboken waterfront “over my dead body” during a press conference on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
The press conference was held to publicly release the results of a study that ranks alternative sites for NY Waterway to house their ferry maintenance and refueling operations.
Last November, NY Waterway bought the former Union Dry Dock site along the city’s northern waterfront for $11.5 million. They want to use the site for the repair, refueling, and maintenance of its large commuter ferry fleet, which brings commuters between New York and the New Jersey waterfront. The city has stated that they want the land for public open space.
The engineering study conducted by Boswell Engineering on behalf of the city analyzed 24 sites where the ferry facility could be located.
Of the top five, Union Dry Dock places fourth, following Binghamton Ferry in Edgewater at third place, Bayonne Peninsula in Bayonne at second place, and Hoboken South at the Lackawanna Terminal in downtown Hoboken as the top choice to locate.
Bhalla urged NJ Transit, Gov. Phil Murphy, and NY Waterway to consider the study as NJ Transit conducts their own alternative site analysis, and to work collaboratively with the city.
For more on the issue, read the Nov. 22 edition of the Hoboken Reporter or go online to hudsonreporter.com.