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March 17th, 2003, 11:59 AM
PA and NJ Transit agree to $125M in renovations
Tom Jennemann (Hoboken Reporter)
Reporter staff writer March 16, 2003

Under a thick layer of dust, dirt and disuse lies one of Hoboken's last hidden treasures - the Hoboken Ferry Terminal. With its high vaulting ceilings, tarnished copper façade and authentic turn-of-the-century Tiffany stained glass windows, the abandoned ferry terminal is only a shell of original incarnation; a bustling transportation focal point where 30,000 daily commuters hopped a ferry into Manhattan.

On Monday, the New York/New Jersey Port Authority's executive director, Joseph Seymour, and NJ Transit Executive Director George Warrington signed an agreement that will lead to the restoration of the historic Hoboken Terminal ferry slips and supporting infrastructure, at an expected cost of approximately $125 million.

According to officials from NJ Transit, the terminal and its ferry slips were originally built in 1907 by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. During the early part of the last century, ferry service was the primary form of transportation for people traveling to and from Manhattan. With the construction of the George Washington Bridge and Lincoln and Holland tunnels, the use of ferries began to decline; in 1967, the Hoboken Terminal slips were closed. In 1989, New York Waterway resumed ferry service from Hoboken Terminal utilizing a temporary ferry facility.

The renovations are scheduled to include reconstructing a portion of the building's substructure and superstructure, constructing a ferry service ticket office, restoring the building's roof and Tiffany skylights, refurbishing the terminal's old clock tower, restoring the copper fascia on the exterior of the building and waterproofing, insulating the exterior walls near the ferry slips, restoring the interior finishes of the ferry terminal area, and performing utility and marine work to support the new ferry operation.

There would be a sizable retail component in the renovated space, according to Mayor David Roberts. He said that he would like to see a permanent farmers' market, restaurants, and dozens of new retail stores. "This is an incredible moment in our city's history," said Roberts Wednesday, "a renaissance of sorts for Hoboken."

He added that having a renovated ferry terminal with a retail component will inevitably attract positive attention. "When it's finished, Hoboken will further cement itself as one of the largest and best transportation hubs in the entire region," he said.

As part of its agreement with NJ Transit, the Port Authority will provide up to $8 million to pay for the design work for the restoration of six ferry slips in the terminal, as well as supporting infrastructure required to reactivate ferry service. The preliminary design work is ongoing and is scheduled to be completed in June 2003.

The Port Authority will provide an additional $44 million from its capital program as the initial financing for the project, and the Federal Transit Administration will contribute an additional $27 million, which will permit initial phases to begin while additional funds are secured.

The agreement also calls for the two agencies to finalize a long-term lease for the Port Authority's use of the Hoboken Terminal ferry slips, which are owned by NJ Transit.

There are already ferries at the terminal, which are run by the Weehawken-based NY Waterway company, but they use temporary floating docks.

Ferries now more important

With PATH service disrupted to lower Manhattan, regional dependence on ferry travel has increased dramatically. Before 9/11, according to NY Waterway officials, only about 36,000 daily trips were taken on area ferries. That number has now almost doubled to 70,000 trips per day.

"The PATH system has always been a critical cog in the region's transportation network," said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Michael DeCotiis Monday. "When PATH service between New Jersey and Lower Manhattan was lost, the Port Authority moved quickly and decisively to provide immediate relief for thousands of people left with limited commuting options."

In a statement Monday, Gov. James McGreevey said that water travel is a vital component in the state's overall mass transit plans. "Interstate ferry service has been a lifeline for New Jersey commuters since September 11, 2001, providing them with a critical transportation option to get to and from Manhattan after PATH service to Lower Manhattan was lost," said McGreevey in a statement Monday. "Today's agreement is critical to our ability to provide the infrastructure we need to meet the growing demand for ferry service. I strongly believe that ferry service is a key transportation option we need to relieve congestion on our highways, tunnels, bridges and public transportation systems."

Port Authority Chairman Jack G. Sinagra said Monday that the $125 million investment shows the Port Authority's commitment to ferry transportation. "The money earmarked by the Port Authority for Hoboken Terminal continues our substantial investments to help upgrade ferry infrastructure and fuel the resurgence of water transportation in the region," said Sinagra. "As a result of our collaboration with NJ Transit, we will provide employees and residents of New Jersey with a fast and convenient transportation option."

NJ Transit Executive Director Warrington said Monday that the improvements are just part of the agency's long term plans. "Restoration of the ferry slips at Hoboken Terminal is one of the state's long-range strategic plans to increase trans-Hudson capacity and enhance travel options while supporting the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan," said Warrington. "Thanks to the support of the Port Authority, thousands of NJ Transit rail, light rail and bus customers will be able to take advantage of this expanded ferry operation."

Port Authority Executive Director Joseph Seymour said Monday that the renovation will substantially strengthen the region's transportation options.

"The Port Authority has worked aggressively to bolster the region's ferry network, particularly during the past 18 months," he said. "Today, ferries handle nearly 70,000 passenger trips a day to and from Manhattan, and we expect commuters to continue to use the service as they realize the substantial benefits this form of transportation provides."

Currently, according to NJ Transit, the Hoboken Terminal is served by more than 280 daily NJ Transit trains, 546 daily PATH trains, 394 daily Hudson-Bergen Light Rail trains and more than 300 daily NJ Transit buses in addition to other private bus carriers serving Hudson County.

March 17th, 2003, 01:02 PM

June 25th, 2004, 01:32 PM
News from CITY HALL
The Renovation of the Train and Ferry Terminal
Hoboken, NJ. 25 Feb 2004
NJ Transit today announced it is providing $10 Million dollars toward the total $79 Million dollars from the federal government and the Port Authority for the renovation of the Hoboken Train and Ferry Terminal, including a reconstruction of the historic clock tower that stood until the 1950’s.
NJ Transit Executive Director George Warrington was joined by Mayor Roberts in the terminal waiting room to make the announcement. The First phase of the rehab will begin in April and should conclude in the spring of 2005.
“ The rehabilitation of the historic facility with the restoration of the original ferry slips, are critical steps to improve trans-Hudson access,” Warrington said at the wednesday conference.
The tower, which will be rebuilt in the second phase, was originally built in 1907 with the rest of the building, but taken down in the 1950’s due to unsafe conditions. It will be rebuilt on the terminal based on the original design by Kenneth Murchison.

June 25th, 2004, 01:41 PM
I know the above is a bit old news, but since I was on the subject in another thread....

April 30th, 2005, 11:42 AM
April 30, 2005

Rehabilitation Is Coming to Hoboken Ferry Terminal

Restoration work on the original ferry slips at the Hoboken terminal is expected to follow repair of exterior walls that has already begun.


New Jersey officials said yesterday that they were ready to choose a construction company to renovate the 98-year-old ferry terminal that has been rotting on the Hoboken waterfront since the 1960's.

Within a few years, commuters once again will be able to walk through the copper-faced Beaux-Arts terminal to board boats bound for Manhattan, said George D. Warrington, executive director of New Jersey Transit, which owns the building.

To check the time, they will be able to glance up at a 225-foot replica of the clock tower that once stood atop the building.

The building had been virtually vacant since the terminal closed in 1967. When ferry service was revived in the late 1980's, commuters had to walk around the train platforms and onto barges to reach the ferryboats.

"This facility is the heartblood of Hoboken," said the city's mayor, David Roberts, who joined Mr. Warrington and Bernard F. Kenny Jr., a state senator, to announce the ferry terminal's rehabilitation. "This is where everything happens." The adjoining waiting room for rail passengers was restored and reopened in 1999.

Each weekday, about 70,000 people pass through Hoboken's transit hub, which connects New Jersey Transit commuter trains with the ferries, PATH trains and the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system. About 20,000 passengers take ferryboats to or from Manhattan each business day.

New Jersey Transit, which bought the complex from the federal government in 1975, has been planning the renovation for several years. It has spent $10 million on the project, which is expected to cost $94 million.

The biggest contribution, $43 million, has come from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The rest came from various federal agencies, Mr. Warrington said.

The money will be spent replacing and reinforcing wooden pilings that support the terminal, repairing its walls and connecting it to the restored waiting room, he said. Construction will begin by summer and will be completed by 2007, the 100th anniversary of the opening of the terminal, which was designed by Kenneth Murchison.

When the work is complete, ferryboats will dock at ramps built at ground level, said Frank J. Smolar, the project director for New Jersey Transit. First, however, the terminal's floor must be raised because floods occur at high tide. Once inside, passengers will not pass through the part of the terminal used by the commuters of the early 20th century; instead, they will follow the path once reserved for horses. In those days, passengers went to the terminal's second floor to reach wooden ramps to the ferryboats' upper decks, Mr. Smolar said. Teams of horses and cars rode below, he said. "We'll take only passengers across the river," Mr. Smolar said. "We won't take horses or cars anymore."

The work will leave untouched the most remarkable section of the building, its second floor, which is 470 feet long and called the "grand concourse." In the terminal's heyday, more than 100,000 people moved through that room each day, walking beneath stained-glass windows in the ceiling and through exits with destinations in Lower Manhattan like "Barclay St." or "Christopher St."

Ferry ridership dwindled after tunnels carrying cars and trains were built to connect New York City and New Jersey. Mr. Smolar said the project does not call for improvements to the building's ornate facade, which nearly a century of oxidation has rendered a pale shade of green. Mr. Warrington showed a soft spot for the old building when he recounted the role he played in its acquisition. As a young employee of New Jersey's Department of Transportation, Mr. Warrington said he handled the check for the purchase of the terminal from the Federal Railroad Administration. The price: $322,000.

As Mr. Kenny noted, that would have been enough to buy 10 brownstones in Hoboken in the mid 70's, but it would not buy half of one today.

July 26th, 2005, 09:57 PM
Glad to see that things are picking up in the world of commuter ferries, and that a step towards the past is being made. I'm excited to see what the restoration work brings.

July 27th, 2005, 09:51 AM
That area looked like crap for so long I am surprised it took this long before something was done about it.

But I suppose with all the PILOT programs being bandied about that our tax revenues have not made it to the level needed for such valued civic restorations and improvements.

I hope this is one of many steps we will see in the near future.

May 23rd, 2006, 07:44 AM
Was looking up so old NJTransit News and found this press release on the company that is doing the renovation and this article also state how this is important and will help link Hoboken and Jersey City. Also since we are focusing on the news about the Weehawken Ferry Terminal, might as well update this aswell. It is from about 7 months ago:

R to design blueprint for waterfront gateway

October 12, 2005

NEWARK, NJ – NJ TRANSIT’s Board of Directors today selected LCOR to produce a master plan that will serve as a blueprint for transit-oriented development at its 65-acre Hoboken Terminal and Yard complex.

The selection of LCOR after a competitive process signals NJ TRANSIT’s intention to create a facility that can both serve as an integrated multimodal transit center and a gateway befitting the Hudson waterfront for more than 50,000 commuters and residents who use the complex daily.

"A master plan for this site that fully integrates the needs of the commuters and the community is long overdue," said NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman and DOT Commissioner Jack Lettiere. "We look forward to working with Hoboken and Jersey City to design a blueprint that will optimize the potential of this asset while reinforcing local commerce."

LCOR will develop a master plan at its own expense and will serve as master planner and developer for the site. For the master planning process, LCOR has assembled a well-known team that has unique experience in transit-oriented development including projects such as JFK International Arrivals Terminal, Grand Central Terminal and Washington Union Station. The team includes the firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Williams Jackson Ewing, Inc., DMJM + Harris and Langan Engineering.

"Working with a world-renowned team enables us to design a blueprint for turning this diamond in the rough into the jewel in the crown of NJ TRANSIT’s system," said Executive Director George D. Warrington. "The master planning process will evaluate the entire complex and its potential for adaptive reuse, transit-oriented development and related intermodal and pedestrian connectivity."

City of Hoboken Mayor David Roberts said, "We look forward to working with NJ TRANSIT and LCOR to achieve a transit-oriented development plan that will complement the character of our community and deliver the mixed-use opportunities that enhance the quality of life for residents."

In beginning the master plan process, NJ TRANSIT is seeking to:

· Improve intermodal functionality to enhance the NJ TRANSIT customer experience and operational efficiency between rail, light rail, bus, PATH and ferry.

· Maximize economic return from an underutilized real estate asset through transit-oriented development.

· Reactivate the historic terminal as a waterfront gateway that serves as a well-conceived transportation terminal and a mixed-use community hub.

· Promote economic development and capitalize on public investment in the terminal building.

"This outstanding waterfront site is the keystone that unites Hoboken and Jersey City," said LCOR executive vice president Kurt M. Eichler. "Through the time-tested strategy of public-private partnership, we will tap Hoboken Terminal and Yard's transit-oriented development potential to deliver first-class economic opportunities and benefits to both residents and transit users throughout the region."

Improving intermodal connections

When Hoboken Terminal was designed and constructed one hundred years ago, most customers used it exclusively as a transfer point between trains and trans-Hudson ferries. The City of Hoboken existed primarily as a seaport and railroad town.

Today, in addition to trains and ferries, Hoboken Terminal customers make connections between commuter rail, buses, PATH, light rail vehicles, ferries and other modes as well as using the terminal to access the City of Hoboken, which has become a destination in its own right.

One of the goals of the Master Development Plan will be to improve Hoboken Terminal by creating a more customer-friendly layout that better integrates the various travel modes and provides seamless passenger and pedestrian flow as well as enhanced amenities for commuters.

"Over the past century, Hoboken Terminal has evolved into a patch-work terminal hosting different transportation modes without a vision for the future that takes advantage of intermodal connections that can adequately service tens of thousands of customers daily," said Executive Director Warrington. "This plan will help us rethink the way Hoboken Terminal and its Yard will serve customers and the surrounding community for the next 100 years."

Hoboken Ferry Terminal rehabilitation moves forward

Also today, the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors approved a $53.9 million contract for the second phase of a rehabilitation project that will return a portion of Hoboken Terminal to its original design, ultimately restoring permanent ferry service to the historic building and creating a new ferry waiting area for customers.

The construction contract award to Hall Construction Co., Inc. of Howell, New Jersey will allow for marine construction of five of the original six ferry slips, as well as restoration of the exterior copper facade and lighting on the river side of the terminal, structural repairs, roof repairs, and demolition of the finger piers and wooden fenders. In addition, NJ TRANSIT plans to build a replica of the clock tower that originally stood on top of the building. The clock tower will mimic the original 1907 design by artist Kenneth Murchinson.

The second phase of construction is expected to begin at the end of this year and finish in 2008. The project’s first phase, which began last year and was completed in September 2005, included repairs to the terminal’s substructure and superstructure.

Early design work for the third and final phase is anticipated within the next few months.

The overall project aims to rehabilitate and restore the historic Hoboken Terminal Complex for customer convenience and operational reliability, while protecting and enhancing the historic assets of the terminal. At the project’s completion, the restoration of ferry service into the original slips will allow for expansion of ferry service and greater flexibility in providing commuter service to Manhattan.

May 23rd, 2006, 09:56 AM
That clocktower is a beauty!!

June 2nd, 2006, 02:33 AM
Radio tower to be dismantled this weekend

June 1, 2006
Contact: Dan Stessel 973-491-7078

NEWARK, NJ — As part of its vision to restore the Hoboken Terminal complex to its original splendor, NJ TRANSIT today announced its demolition plan for the old radio tower that sits atop the historic structure, making way for a dramatic replica of the original clock tower that welcomed rail and ferry travelers for nearly half a century.

Weather permitting, the radio tower, which today stands on the footprint of the original clock tower, will be demolished Friday, June 2 through Monday, June 5. The steel framework for the new clock tower, modeled after the 1907 design by artist Kenneth Murchinson, will be erected in the fall, with project completion expected next summer.

"The plan to reconstruct the historic clock tower is great news for the City of Hoboken," said Hoboken Mayor David Roberts. "I have long been an advocate of historic preservation and restoration, and I applaud every effort to celebrate Hoboken’s past, as well as one of our community’s most historic landmarks."

"Replacing Hoboken Terminal’s clock tower is a milestone in our effort to transform the facility to better serve residents, visitors and customers," said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. "As we improve intermodal functionality, reactivate the historic ferry terminal and promote economic development within the complex, Hoboken Terminal will become a crown jewel on the Hudson Waterfront."

"We extend our gratitude to NJ TRANSIT for the diligent stewardship of a true historic landmark," said Theresa Castellano, chair of the Hoboken Historical Preservation Commission. "On behalf of the Hoboken Historic Preservation Committee, we deem it a privilege to be included in the restoration of the Hoboken Ferry Terminal, which is listed on the national register of historic places."

Hoboken Terminal was constructed in 1907 by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad with the clock tower as part of the original Beaux-Arts design. Standing 203 feet tall, the tower featured four-foot backlit letters spelling the word "LACKAWANNA" on all four sides, as well as four pediment clock faces and a large hipped roof topped by a flagpole.

After it was weakened in a storm, the clock tower was removed around 1950. The radio tower was installed in its place.

Hoboken Terminal rehabilitation moves forward

In October 2005, the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors approved a $53.9 million contract for the second phase of a rehabilitation project that will return a portion of Hoboken Terminal to its original design, ultimately restoring permanent ferry service to the historic building and creating a new ferry waiting area for customers.

The construction contract allows for marine construction of five of the original six ferry slips, as well as restoration of the exterior copper facade and lighting on the river side of the terminal, structural repairs, roof repairs, and demolition of the finger piers and wooden fenders.

Early design work for the final phase of construction is expected later this year.

Also last fall, NJ TRANSIT hired LCOR to create a master plan that will serve as a blueprint for transit-oriented development at the 65-acre Hoboken Terminal and Yard complex. The restored facility will serve as an integrated multimodal transit center and a gateway benefiting the Hudson waterfront for more than 50,000 commuters, as well as residents in the area.

June 2nd, 2006, 07:55 AM
Also last fall, NJ TRANSIT hired LCOR to create a master plan that will serve as a blueprint for transit-oriented development at the 65-acre Hoboken Terminal and Yard complex. The restored facility will serve as an integrated multimodal transit center and a gateway benefiting the Hudson waterfront for more than 50,000 commuters, as well as residents in the area.
Excellent. This is the place for Hoboken to acquire a few slender skyscrapers instead of the fatsos that have lately waddled in to [dis]grace its waterfront.

June 2nd, 2006, 04:58 PM
Say good-bye to the radio tower:


December 21st, 2006, 04:22 AM
Enhanced safety for pedestrians and buses

December 19, 2006
Contact: Joe Dee 973 491-7078

NEWARK, NJ — Brighter lighting, new pedestrian fences and crosswalks, and extensive roof repairs are among the improvements benefiting thousands of customers who pass through Hoboken Bus Terminal each day.

The improvements, part of a $775,000 restoration project completed this month by NJ TRANSIT, are designed to enhance pedestrian safety and customer convenience for the 6,000 bus customers who begin or end their trips at the terminal each day. In addition, the project will benefit thousands of pedestrians who pass through the bus lanes as they walk between the surrounding streets and Hoboken Terminal, which serves more than 50,000 commuters each weekday on commuter rail, light rail, buses, ferries and PATH trains.

"Hoboken Terminal is one of the jewels of the city, and this renovation project adds to its luster,’’ said Hoboken Mayor David Roberts. "We welcome the improved functionality and appearance of the bus terminal."

NJ TRANSIT safety engineers analyzed pedestrian and bus traffic through the facility and designed a series of enhancements, including attractive new fences to channel pedestrians to designated crosswalks. To improve lighting and visibility, incandescent bulbs were replaced with high-powered halogen lamps. New reflective signage and high-visibility paint was used to delineate pedestrian zones and provide direction for bus operators.

NJ TRANSIT also made innovative use of materials and techniques to improve accessibility and safety for customers with visual impairments. The terminal’s crosswalks now feature raised edges and other tactile cues to help visually impaired customers stay within the boundaries of pedestrian areas. Dimpled surfaces embedded in the pavement indicate that pedestrians have reached the end of a crosswalk or are traversing an area between bus lanes.

"We welcome the new physical markers at the Hoboken Terminal to assist visually-impaired visitors," said Vito DeSantis, executive director for the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired at the Department of Human Services. "Being able to determine where the bus lanes and crosswalks are will go a long way toward promoting safety and independence and we're gratified that NJ TRANSIT is a partner in this."

The bus terminal’s shed, which provides protective cover for the five bus lanes below, received a significant amount of attention, including roof repairs and repainting of the shed’s fascia, underside and steel supports. New identifying signage now spans the side of the structure.

December 21st, 2006, 10:24 AM
attractive new fences to channel pedestrians to designated crosswalks


Also, I noticed the lights and stuff, but how is all the traffic lights and crosswalks and corralling pedestrian barriers supposed to be an improvement of the BUS TERMINAL? It is more civil infrastructure than the shed/roof that they call a terminal.

Oh, my opinion? Close off that whole lower area. Make the one way street in front of Scotland Yard (Hudson Street) two way for another block, and change the one way road in front of what used to be the Clam Broth House (before the owner did some unlicensed "improvements" that almost caused the thing to collapse).

You would still get the parking out around the corners, but you would eliminate a LOT of traffic through one of the most heavily crossed pedestrian ways in the city. You would also make it possible to hold things like fairs and markets in the space, and could remove the current ugly "anti-terrorism" "deterrents" that they have down by the ferry parking lot that is now used for employees only.

But no, that would MAKE SENSE! :p Far be it from Hoboken to spend $775 MILLION dollars on something that would make sense.

October 17th, 2007, 12:47 AM
The exterior renovation is almost complete. The US Army Corps has been dredging all of the old pilings dividing the ferrys. It looks really good, I'll try and get a picture in the next few days.

November 3rd, 2007, 02:29 PM
The interior of Hoboken Station looks wonderful after the renovation. The exterior still needs work...here are a few shots from my own New York photography website (http://andrewprokos.com/photos/new-york/):

Hoboken Terminal architectural detail 1 (http://andrewprokos.com/photos/architecture/hoboken-train-station-exterior/)
Hoboken Station architectural detail 2 (http://andrewprokos.com/photos/architecture/hoboken-train-station-pediment/)
Hoboken Train Station interior (http://andrewprokos.com/photos/architecture/hoboken-station-interior/)

November 5th, 2007, 02:51 PM
^Nice shots.

So what's the status of the clock tower? Anyone?

November 21st, 2007, 01:50 PM

The words Lackawana are lit up at night now.

November 21st, 2007, 02:20 PM
Yes, I did notice this from across the river, and it was lit up in the daytime as well. It stands out prominently. Thanks for the photo.

March 22nd, 2008, 07:27 PM
$10M for Hoboken Terminal

Saturday, March 22, 2008

NJ Transit just got a financial boost in the form of $10 million in federal funds for the Hoboken Terminal restoration project.

The $115 million restoration of the Beaux-Arts 1907 Hoboken Terminal began in 2004 and is to be completed in 2010. The most visible change is the reconstruction of the original clock tower, but other improvements include new copper for exterior lighting and along the roof and structural and roof repairs.

"A project of this magnitude would be impossible to accomplish without federal assistance so we are grateful for the hard work of our congressional delegation," state Department of Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri said in a written statement.

In addition, ferry service will return to the terminal along with a new ferry passenger waiting room, ticket offices with restored historical details and restoration of five of the six original ferry slips. Ferry service was reintroduced to Hoboken in 1989 at a temporary facility.

"Thousands of New Jerseyans rely on ferries daily to get to and from work," said U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg in a written statement. "This project will go a long way toward giving commuters another safe, easy and convenient way to get to work and home again without being stuck in their cars."

The money comes from federal transportation funds authorized under the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users.

April 3rd, 2008, 06:21 PM
Hoboken clock tower completed

by Carly Thursday April 03, 2008, 11:19 AM

Carly/Hoboken Now

The "finishing touch" - the steeple - has been added to the renovated Hoboken clock tower. The clock's still not running (I think it says either 12:15 or 3:00, I can't tell which).

Wonder when they'll turn the Lackawanna sign on?

Carly/Hoboken Now

May 9th, 2008, 02:07 PM
Hoboken clock tower to be lit up tonight

by The Jersey Journal Friday May 09, 2008, 10:44 AM

The replica clock tower at Hoboken Terminal will be turned on and lit up tonight in a ceremony scheduled to be attended by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, who makes the Mile Square City his home.

The festivities are set to begin at 6:30 p.m., with the actual lighting at 8.


Turn on the clock tower tomorrow night

by Carly Thursday May 08, 2008, 9:37 AM

Get ready for bright lights in a little city.

The Hoboken clock tower is scheduled to be turned on in a much-hyped celebration ceremony around 8 p.m. Friday night. The City of Hoboken and NJ Transit invite all residents to attend the lighting in Pier A Park Friday evening.

The clock tower, which Hoboken residents have watched being installed over the past year, is a 203-foot replica inspired by the original 1907 design. Estimated to cost $6 million, the clock tower was built through a collaboration between Hoboken and NJ Transit, and funded with both state and federal money.

At 6:30 p.m. Friday night, the Pier A plaza (where the fountain is) will be re-dedicated as Warrington Plaza, in honor of the late George Warrington, former commissioner of NJ Transit who Hoboken Mayor Dave Roberts said helped realize the dream of restoring the clock tower.

Then, just before 8 p.m. (twilight), the clock tower and the Lackawanna sign will be illuminated.

Roberts said seeing a restored and lighted clock tower has been a goal of his ten years in the making.

"The clock tower is an issue I've advocated for for a long period of time," said the Mayor. "This is preserving Hoboken history. It is an iconic symbol of the terminal and I could not understand the logic of restoring the facility without the clock tower."

NJ Transit is currently in the process of renovating Hoboken terminal.

In addition to Roberts and NJ Transit Executive Director Richard Sarles, Governor Jon Corzine, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and U.S. Representative Albio Sires have been invited to attend the clock tower lighting tomorrow night. Will you go?

May 10th, 2008, 12:19 PM
I did not get to see it lit up, but the clock is working as I checked the time at 5:22Pm against my watch and it was right.

May 13th, 2008, 12:25 PM
Seeing the clock tower in person is like stepping into the ancient photographs of the terminal. Outstanding. Very well done. :D

May 31st, 2008, 01:31 AM
I was walking along Hudson River Park in Manhattan tonight. The Terminal and Tower look incredible at night. A new skyline landmark - and it bridges the Jersey City / Hoboken gap. Looks like one of the old Coney Island Luna Park or Dreamland amusement park towers.

Dan Kohn
March 29th, 2009, 03:49 PM
Any word on the progress of restoring the Hoboken Terminal ferry slips?

This March 2008 article says 2010 without specifying a month, which I presume means early 2011.

Now that we have the gorgeous new World Financial Center ferry terminal, it will be great when the NJ side is upgraded as well.


Dan Kohn
July 14th, 2009, 01:06 PM
Looks like my 2011 guess was correct. NJ.com on "New ferry slips coming to Hoboken Transit Terminal (http://www.nj.com/hobokennow/index.ssf/2009/07/new_ferry_slips_coming_to_hobo.html)":

That temporary dock has been used for the past 20 years. Now, NJ Transit will restore five out of six original slips and open them up as new places to dock the New York Waterway commuter ferries. The sixth slip will also be restored but will not be used for ferry service; there was some talk of putting a floating museum there, but that has not been determined yet.And the press release (http://www.njtransit.com/tm/tm_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=PressReleaseTo&PRESS_RELEASE_ID=2532) from NJ Transit.

Dan Kohn
September 16th, 2009, 03:46 PM
2011 completion date, $29.5 M, according to NJ Transit release today (http://www.njtransit.com/tm/tm_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=PressReleaseTo&PRESS_RELEASE_ID=2552).

February 26th, 2010, 08:31 PM
Hoboken Terminal taxi stand, shuttle bus loading zone to relocate

By Mark Maurer/The Jersey Journal
February 26, 2010, 5:14PM

Jersey Journal file photo
The Hoboken Terminal taxi stand is relocating on March 1 to accommodate the construction of a sewerage pump station.

The Hoboken Terminal taxi stand will be relocated and a loading zone for shuttle buses will be created at the terminal effective this coming Monday on March 1, weather permitting, the City of Hoboken announced today in a news release.

The taxi stand will move from the side of the street with the PATH train station enrance to the south side of Hudson Place, east of River Street. The City of Hoboken said this is being done to accommodate the North Hudson Sewerage Authority’s construction of a sewerage pump station, which will commence in March.

The city is creating a designated shuttle bus loading zone on the north side of Hudson Place, east of River Street. Buses are allowed to be in the shuttle zone for no more than five minutes Monday to Friday from 7 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 9 p.m.

The City Council passed a resolution to allow for the taxi stand to move at the Feb. 18 meeting.

Hoboken currently has 65 licenses and about 130 taxi drivers.



February 27th, 2010, 01:47 AM
It is always nice to see the Hoboken Ferry Terminal day and night, it is vital to NJ's landscape and I am pretty happy they are renovating this terminal, I can't wait to see the results, :).

September 23rd, 2010, 05:39 PM
Food court to come to Hoboken Terminal, approved by NJ Transit
Published: Friday, September 10, 2010, 1:26 PM

Katie Colaneri/The Jersey Journal

Journal file photo
A new food court is coming to Hoboken Terminal, shown above, as approved by the NJ Transit Board of Directors today.

As of today, a new food court is in the works for Hoboken Terminal, according to a press release from New Jersey Transit.

The NJ Transit Board of Directors has signed a 10-year lease with Gateway Foods, LLC for the 3,800 square-foot food court that will include Subway, Sbarro's, Cinnabon, Carvel and Einstein Bros. Bagels and a "satellite snack bar" along with the existing Railhead Bar.

Gateway Foods will pay NJ Transit an annual base rent of $759,000 or a mixed percentage rent between 16.5 and 18 percent of annual gross sales, whichever is larger, according to the release. Gateway Foods will also invest $1.2 million in capitol improvements to the leased area of the Terminal.

"The new retail spaces will be welcome additions to customers of these busy stations," said NJ Transit executive director James Weinstein. "As we look for ways to maximize the value of our property, we are also focused on improving the overall customer experience for our riders."

The Board also today approved a 5-year lease for a new coffee stand at Princeton Junction Station.

Hoboken Terminal and Princeton Junction Station are two of the state's busiest rail stations, according to the release, with Hoboken serving an average of over 50,000 people each weekday.


February 10th, 2011, 09:39 AM
Whats the story on the Ferry Terminal Renovation? It seems none of the workers (no suprise) can give me an opening date?

March 23rd, 2011, 07:40 PM
I find that annoying as well. When you finally do get an announced date it's never accurate, so why not issue an early projection anyway?

May 18th, 2011, 06:59 PM
I found these photos on Flickr...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5221/5627572451_09d7995f8e_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickr4jazz/5627572451/)
Hoboken, New Jersey Ferry Terminal Historical Tour (http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickr4jazz/5627572451/) by flickr4jazz (http://www.flickr.com/people/flickr4jazz/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5105/5628155398_7812af7bd9_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickr4jazz/5628155398/)
Hoboken, New Jersey Ferry Terminal Historical Tour (http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickr4jazz/5628155398/) by flickr4jazz (http://www.flickr.com/people/flickr4jazz/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5025/5628117484_bcb6991d64_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickr4jazz/5628117484/)
Hoboken, New Jersey Ferry Terminal Historical Tour (http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickr4jazz/5628117484/) by flickr4jazz (http://www.flickr.com/people/flickr4jazz/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5024/5627530425_f4f00d6c2b_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickr4jazz/5627530425/)
Hoboken, New Jersey Ferry Terminal Historical Tour (http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickr4jazz/5627530425/) by flickr4jazz (http://www.flickr.com/people/flickr4jazz/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5264/5627529791_cced2457b9_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickr4jazz/5627529791/)
Hoboken, New Jersey Ferry Terminal Historical Tour (http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickr4jazz/5627529791/) by flickr4jazz (http://www.flickr.com/people/flickr4jazz/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5067/5627528711_f434a2eb4e_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickr4jazz/5627528711/)
Hoboken, New Jersey Ferry Terminal Historical Tour (http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickr4jazz/5627528711/) by flickr4jazz (http://www.flickr.com/people/flickr4jazz/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5269/5627526431_210e62d3de_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickr4jazz/5627526431/)
Hoboken, New Jersey Ferry Terminal Historical Tour (http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickr4jazz/5627526431/) by flickr4jazz (http://www.flickr.com/people/flickr4jazz/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5185/5628102764_0c70935806_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickr4jazz/5628102764/)
Hoboken, New Jersey Ferry Terminal Historical Tour (http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickr4jazz/5628102764/) by flickr4jazz (http://www.flickr.com/people/flickr4jazz/), on Flickr

May 21st, 2011, 02:48 PM
Erie Lackawanna terminal's ferry slips have been under reconstruction for quite a while. I hope they renovated more than one ferry slip/dock.

Dan Kohn
May 27th, 2011, 01:32 AM
There will be 4 working slips, to replace the 4 temporary slips being used today to the south of the building. (Those temporary slips have been in use for ~20 years). There was talk of housing a museum boat in one of the extra slips.

It should be open in the next couple weeks.

May 27th, 2011, 07:35 PM
:pThanks for the heads up.

May 29th, 2011, 05:37 PM
I can't wait this is one of the most beautiful and finest examples of an intermodal transit hub in the Country and its coming back to be even better than it once was. I mean think about it the terminal connects NJT commuter rail, PATH subway, NJT lightrail, NJT bus, taxi, ferry, and now a waterfront walk/bike way!! It's just astounding how important, beautiful, and practical this place is. One of the best terminals/stations in North America IMO.

May 29th, 2011, 11:25 PM
JC do you have a link for the waterfront walkway?

May 29th, 2011, 11:32 PM
I can't wait this is one of the most beautiful and finest examples of an intermodal transit hub in the Country and its coming back to be even better than it once was. I mean think about it the terminal connects NJT commuter rail, PATH subway, NJT lightrail, NJT bus, taxi, ferry, and now a waterfront walk/bike way!! It's just astounding how important, beautiful, and practical this place is. One of the best terminals/stations in North America IMO.

Very well said. And I'd like to add, one of NJ's finest pieces of architecture.

May 30th, 2011, 12:02 AM
JC do you have a link for the waterfront walkway?

Google "Long Slip pedestrian bridge". It opened a couple years ago.

May 30th, 2011, 08:01 AM
Thank you Sid! I'm always looking for interesting new places to take a walk.

June 17th, 2011, 06:31 PM
It has a New Car smell to it...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3456/5841318485_43cb176cb3_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5841318485/)
DSCN2358 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5841318485/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5106/5841319167_93966c09ac.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5841319167/)
DSCN2362 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5841319167/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5113/5841318999_37327927eb_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5841318999/)
DSCN2361 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/5841318999/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

December 8th, 2011, 09:52 AM

Ferry service returned to the historic Hoboken Ferry Terminal Wednesday for the first time since 1967.Known originally as the Erie Lackawanna Ferry Terminal, it opened in 1907 and operated for 60 years until few commuters used ferries to get to and from work between New Jersey and New York City.Passengers have been using a barge with a tent on it since ferry service resumed in 1989.As part of the $120 million renovation, commuters will pass through a waiting room that includes original Tiffany glass in the ceiling. The piers were rebuilt and ramps leading to the boats were made handicap-accessible.NY Waterway carries as many as 8,000 riders a day out of Hoboken.NJ Transit and PATH trains also operate out of the terminal.

via http://online.wsj.com/article/APbe46ee37b6cf40d7906e7cc4776aa7b9.html

December 14th, 2011, 07:08 PM
Some pictures from yesterday i found the Terminal cold and uninviting it needs some shops and stores and more seating...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7011/6510678727_fac6c06476_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6510678727/)
DSCN4819 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6510678727/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7014/6510681481_14db5d997e_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6510681481/)
DSCN4824 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6510681481/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7030/6510682505_33be845a36_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6510682505/)
DSCN4826 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6510682505/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7169/6510683101_cb6efb3674_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6510683101/)
DSCN4828 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6510683101/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7022/6510683793_ec1dc6944f_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6510683793/)
DSCN4829 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6510683793/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7024/6510684903_b3df0a1e68_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6510684903/)
DSCN4831 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6510684903/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

January 14th, 2012, 09:19 AM
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DSCN0945 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6694384281/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7029/6694383233_9a816731d2_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6694383233/)
DSCN0943 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42178139@N06/6694383233/) by Nexis4Jersey09 (http://www.flickr.com/people/42178139@N06/), on Flickr