Looking out from the Haborside, Jersey City side into Lower Manhattan. Image via NY Waterway
Yesterday, a new NY Waterway commuter ferry opened for service linking Harborside on the Jersey City waterfront to the West 39th Street Ferry Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, an eight-minute crossing, and to the Brookfield Place/Battery Park City Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan, a six-minute crossing.
Slowly but surely the city has been increasing its ferry service throughout the five boroughs with a new Astoria Route and the NYC Ferry, and now includes this new line to the Jersey City waterfront. Harborside will be the fourth NY Waterway commuter ferry terminal in Jersey City, making it the most extensive ferry service of any city or town in New Jersey.
Yesterday’s inaugural ferry ride was attended by Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, NY Waterway President & Founder Arthur E. Imperatore, Mack-Cali Realty Corporation CEO Michael J. DeMarco, and Roseland Chairman Marshall B. Tycher – a well attended affair to launch the line.
Service between Harborside and the Midtown Manhattan terminal will be Monday through Friday 6:30 to 9:50 am and 4:00 to 7:38 pm, with ferries departing every 30 minutes. 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 likewise be offered every weekday from 6:40 am to 9:00 pm, with ferries departing every 15 minutes. Fares for this leg are $6 for a single ticket, $56.50 for a 10-trip ticket and $196 for a monthly pass. See the full schedule and list of fares with NY Waterway.
In a statement released by Curbed NY, Mayor Steven Fulop of Jersey City explained “Whether it was creating 22 miles of bike lanes, adding a 24-our 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.”
In a new initiative to revive the Jersey City waterfront into a one-of-a-kind cultural district across the Hudson River, this ferry service will give Harborside the chance to flourish and more easily connect with New York City.
Next, check out 10 Fun Facts About the New NYC Ferry, Launched May 1st, 2017.