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    April 2, 2004

    Contract Signed for Floating Ferry Terminal

    By DAVID W. DUNLAP

    Construction is to begin this year on a permanent floating ferry terminal at Battery Park City, under a $35.7 million contract approved yesterday by the Port Authority.

    The five-slip terminal, with a peaked and undulating fabric roof, will occupy a barge anchored near the New York Mercantile Exchange and World Financial Center, near the North Cove. It will have concession stands, bathrooms and a larger waiting area than the current two-slip terminal, which serves around 7,800 commuters a day.

    Currently, the terminal is used by New York Waterway for service to Hoboken, Weehawken and Jersey City, N.J., and by New York Water Taxi and Liberty Park Water Taxi. An expanded terminal could handle service to Edgewater, N.J., La Guardia Airport, Kennedy Airport and Yonkers, among other places.

    "This terminal will allow ferry service to grow, which will ease congestion at bridges, tunnels and on Manhattan streets," said Joseph J. Seymour, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, in a statement.

    The new terminal is to be completed in 2006, said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the authority. It was originally to have opened in 2001. The current terminal - temporary in name only - opened in 1989.

    Officials envision an interconnected mass-transit network stretching from the Hudson River to William Street, with passageways and concourses linking the ferry terminal, a permanent PATH terminal at the World Trade Center site and the nine subway lines under the planned Fulton Street Transit Center.

    Yesterday, the Port Authority board took an important step in the ferry terminal project by awarding a $35.7 million contract to Spearin, Preston & Burrows of Staten Island, the marine construction division of Modern Continental Companies of Cambridge, Mass.

    Mr. Coleman said that the overall cost of the terminal project was $55.6 million, which includes engineering, design, planning, insurance, administration and utilities.

    Robert I. Davidson, the Port Authority's chief architect, designed the terminal. The fabric roof, which will glow at night, is meant to recall canvas sails. In a 2002 interview, Mr. Davidson said the terminal was designed with as much glass as possible to preserve views from the Battery Park City esplanade.

    Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company

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    Is not all that exciting...they could have done better I guess. :|

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    It's much better than what's there now. Another solid, workmanlike design from the Port authority. It's not a building one spends much time in anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbhstockton
    It's much better than what's there now. Another solid, workmanlike design from the Port authority. It's not a building one spends much time in anyway.
    I agree. You never spend more than 5 minutes on it waiting for your boat, or more than 20 seconds on it when departing your boat. It's good enough. To me the new terminal will be a success if it doesn't rock as much as the current one, which can make me seasick.

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    Having an expanded terminal at WFC would be great. They really should be operating ferry service to atleast LGA from there

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    I took a ferry from the World Financial Center to Jersey City in July and noticed no new ferry terminal -- the old one is still there.

    Is this project dead or what?

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    As of two weeks ago they were driving the piles into the riverbed.

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    Ferries could be a major component of New York's public transport if they could get the speed up to compensate for peripheral access and circuitous routes.

    Wouldn't it be a gas if they ran speedboats like the Beast? (But enclosed.)

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    The SeaStreak running from the Jersey Highlands puts up a pretty good rooster tail.

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    The annoying thing about the floating terminal at BPC is the ferocious squeaking it makes from the waves.

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    Is the terminal going to be floating or will part of it be on solid ground, they need a ticketing/waiting hall on dry land like the new West Mid-town terminal to avoid the sea-sickness.

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    The terminal will float, but it will be much larger than the 2 slip terminal it replaces. Anyone that gets seasick from the pitch of the structure will not have a pleasant ferry trip.

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    The new mid-town ferry terminal has the right idea, ticketing/waiting area on land and boarding from the dock.

    I find you get more movement being so close to the bulkhead than you do on a ferry that is under way, the rise in the river bottom makes the swells bigger as they approach shore and also the bow of the ferries kind of cut through alot of the swells.

    It's amazing some days how big the swells in the river can be with almost no wind!.

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    I really wish NY could go back to the days when technological innovations drove construction and solved problems like this. GS should really through some money into building some kind of stabilizing mechanism seeing as this thing is going to be mostly for them (30 Hudson AND the new GS building)

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