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    Can't wait to see the collisions on the first day, which judging by the speed of work should be sometime spring 2013.
    On Thursday the Port Authority approved $22.4 Million to complete the project.

    http://www.panynj.gov/AboutthePortAu...ex.php?id=1189

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    Quote Originally Posted by STT757 View Post
    On Thursday the Port Authority approved $22.4 Million to complete the project.
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    The terminal is scheduled to open this Wednesday, March 18.

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    March 17, 2009, 4:50 pm

    Downtown Gets a New Ferry Terminal

    By David W. Dunlap

    David W. Dunlap/The New York Times
    The view from the new Port Authority ferry terminal at Battery Park City.

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    Years late and millions of dollars over its original budget, the floating Port Authority ferry terminal off the Battery Park City bulkhead is to greet its first commuters from Hoboken, N.J., shortly after 6 a.m. on Wednesday.

    Better late than never? Ferry passengers will be the ultimate judges, but an inspection tour on Tuesday revealed a substantial and grown-up transportation structure — unlike the tent that’s been pitched in Battery Park City’s backyard “temporarily” for 20 years — with the capacity to serve even those who aren’t bound for Weehawken, Paulus Hook, Belford or Yonkers.

    This is public space, regardless of whether or not they’re riding a ferry boat,” said Paul Goodman, chief executive of BillyBey Ferry Company, which will operate and maintain the terminal under contract to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. By “this,” he was referring to the outermost deck of the 160-by-176-foot hull, which is envisioned as an extension of the Battery Park City esplanade.

    About 7,000 to 8,000 passenger trips are expected daily through the terminal. (One commuter, going back and forth, would count as two trips.) Before 9/11 and the destruction of the World Trade Center nearby, the temporary terminal handled about twice as much traffic.

    The authority puts the “hard” construction budget at $50 million, with “soft” costs like fees and interest bringing the total to $91.5 million. The original construction award in 2004 was $35.7 million. At the time, the authority estimated that the terminal would be completed in 2006. As recently as last summer, when the hull was under construction in Brooklyn, it was hoped that it would be open in mid-year. But there were unanticipated construction complications involving the glass windscreens that wrap the passenger deck and gangways, among other issues.

    The terminal’s opening coincides with the news, reported in Crain’s New York Business on Sunday, that New York Waterway may go bankrupt this year.

    “The question is whether we can survive,” Arthur Imperatore Sr., the company’s chief executive, was quoted as saying in the article.

    Both BillyBey and Mr. Imperatore’s company operate under the New York Waterway flag and both will serve the downtown terminal. But Mr. Goodman emphasized that BillyBey, which draws most of its passengers from Hoboken, owns its own boats and runs its own routes. He said of Mr. Imperatore’s financial troubles, “They don’t pertain to us.”

    “We’re concerned about their future, as an operating partner,” he continued, “but we’re in very different circumstances. Our ridership has suffered but we have the reserves to weather this storm. We don’t think our operations will be affected.”

    Looking around the ample, light-filled waiting area as the hull rocked almost imperceptibly on the Hudson, Mr. Goodman took the optimistic view. “As evidenced by this terminal,” he said, “the region is committed to the future of ferry transportation.”

    http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/20...erry-terminal/

    Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company

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    I'm really happy with the amount of investment the Port Authority has made into the ferry system, we have new beautiful ferry terminals on both sides of the river.

    New Jersey:

    Port Imperial
    Hoboken Terminal (opening 2010)

    New York:
    World Financial Center
    Mid-town West 39th street

    The problem is that New York Waterways is struggling to survive again, I think eventually the Port Authority is either going to have to subsidize their operations or have the Port Authority take over as they did with the former Hudson and Manhattan railroad (PATH).

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    STT you also forgot to mention the Paulus Hook Terminal in Jersey City which is on par with the terminals you named.

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    Any guess when the old ferry terminal behind the Solaire will be taken away? Given that they got the USAirways Jet removed in 48 hours from the location, it's just a matter of will (and money).

    BTW, I was quoted in the NYT article on the new terminal.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/19/ny...q=ferry&st=cse

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    Uncomfortable-looking benches in the Big Empty.

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