On February 19, the Bayonne City Council approved a lease with the Port Authority for a portion of the former Military Ocean Terminal that will serve as a ferry terminal. The agreement calls for a ten-year lease of Port Authority property with a ten-year extension option. The ferry terminal will be located about half-way out on the southern side of the former base.
The new lease will enable us to begin ferry service between Bayonne and Manhattan within the next several months. Seastreak is the ferry company that has been designated to operate the service. We are very excited about the return of ferry service to Bayonne. The ferry will provide a convenient commute between Bayonne and New York City, and will make Bayonne a more attractive location for commuters. The return of ferry service is yet another sign that Bayonne is making great progress. On February 13, the day when the Port Authority approved the ferry lease, Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole said, “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.”
We had ferries in the not-too-distant past. Bayonne had on-again off,-again ferry service between Brady’s Dock (1st Street and Lexington Avenue) and Manhattan (Pier 11) at various times in the 1990’s. Then it ended. There were some serious attempts to bring back ferry service to Bayonne in the early 2000’s. However, ultimately, they were not successful. The current waterfront development at the former Military Ocean Terminal offers ferry service an opportunity to find a new market for passengers.
As development continues at the former Military Ocean Terminal, thousands of housing units will be constructed there. We expect many of the residents will be able to walk to the ferry from their apartments. The ferry terminal will include a parking lot for those who will drive to get the boat.
In the coming months, more details will be finalized. The ferry terminal needs to be set up. A parking lot must be built. Seastreak has to develop a schedule.
Bayonne has a great location in the heart of the metropolitan area. We look forward to the day of that first ferry trip to Manhattan. Our Administration is very proud of the role we have played to make that trip happen.