Port Imperial Intermodal Ferry Terminal. 24 July 2005.
Location: Weehawken, New Jersey
Area: 40,000 sf
The Port Imperial Ferry in Weehawken, New Jersey is a stunning marriage of marine engineering and architecture. Serving New York Waterway ferry passengers, the 33,000 square foot facility on the Hudson River with its retail facilities, staff offices and crew areas, ticket counters, passenger services, double-height waiting room and end-loading ferry slips, will accommodate as many as 20,000 commuters each day.The terminal’s landward entry is structured around an intertidal estuary garden composed of native hydroponic vegetative species found in the Hudson River.This intermodal terminal will serve as the New Jersey gateway from the New York Ferry Terminal at West 38th Street, with a connection to the Hudson-Bergen County Light Rail system 300 feet southeast. A major commuter facility, it is anticipated that the terminal will significantly reduce tunnel and bridge traffic. Following a long tradition as an important trans-Hudson transportation node, the site concept coordinated the arrival/departure for Park ‘n Ride, light rail, planned bus connections and pedestrians.
wow, that's an increadible looking terminal. And I can't believe it's that far along already. Can't wait til it opens.
Nice photos. IMOpinion the NJ waterfront gets better with each passing year. This is just one more - of many - good developments on the NJ water front.
MEDIA ADVISORY: PORT IMPERIAL FERRY TERMINAL RIBBON CUTTING IN WEEHAWKEN ON MONDAY
Opens for customers on Tuesday, May 23
May 19, 2006
Contact: Dan Stessel 973-491-7078
WEEHAWKEN, NJ – State Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri and NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington will join Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, Sen. Robert Menendez, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, NY Waterway representatives and other state and local officials to celebrate the opening of the new Port Imperial Intermodal Ferry Terminal in Weehawken on Monday, May 22 at 9:30 a.m.
A tour of the ferry terminal and optional ferry ride will be offered following a speaking program, ribbon cutting and ceremonial whistle blow of NY Waterway ferries on the Hudson River. The new ferry terminal, located directly across the street from the Port Imperial light rail station, will open for revenue service on Tuesday, May 23.
WHO: Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, Sen. Robert Menendez, Federal Transit Administration, New Jersey Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Chairman Kris Kolluri, Sen. and Mayor Nicholas Sacco (North Bergen), Sen. Bernard Kenny, Sen. and Mayor Joseph Doria (Bayonne), Asm. and Mayor Albio Sires (West New York), Asm. and Mayor Brian Stack (Union City), Asm. and Chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee John Wisniewski, Mayor Richard Turner (Weehawken), Asm. Vincent Prieto, Asw. Joan Quigley, Asm. Lou Manzo, Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise, NY Waterway, NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors, NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington
WHAT: Port Imperial Ferry Terminal opening ceremony and ribbon cutting
WHEN: Monday, May 22, 2006 at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Port Imperial Ferry Terminal, Port Imperial Blvd., Weehawken, NJ
I was there last week, the Terminal is complete and the Light Rail station across the street is operating, the only thing they are still working on is the Pedestrian Bridge over the roadway so travelers can walk off the Light Rail and cross the bridge over the roadway into the Terminal.
As of now they have to walk across the street, the pedestrian bridge will make it safer for travelers and drivers on the road will not have to stop for throngs of commuters.
Weehawken ferry says goodbye to old digs
Sunday, May 21, 2006
By TOM DAVIS
WEEHAWKEN -- One is a pasty white, 65-year-old converted ferry boat that rocks back and forth on the Hudson River.
The other is a glass-and-steel structure that glistens in the sunlight -- looking more like a shopping center than a ferry terminal.
Still, it will be a bittersweet goodbye for NY Waterway on Tuesday when the ferry business moves from its aging Port Imperial terminal into a facility that, NJ Transit says, "feels new, looks new and smells new."
"It [the old terminal] helped establish our presence on the water," said Arthur Imperatore, the 80-year-old founder of NY Waterway. "We had to appear serious and we had to connect with the community."
NJ Transit built a $53 million, three-story terminal -- a quarter-mile north of the old facility -- with two passenger levels and retail and waiting areas. A portion of the second floor also will include crew facilities.
The building -- which the agency will lease to NY Waterway -- has ramps and floating docks, and an 800-foot waterfront esplanade with views of the Hudson and the Manhattan skyline. The 32-year lease will cost NY Waterway $200,000 a year plus 21 cents per passenger.
The site eventually will include a pedestrian walkway that will connect it to the Port Imperial station on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line located 1,000 feet away, said NJ Transit spokesman Dan Stessel.
NY Waterway says the new terminal could accommodate more than 12,000 passengers per hour -- more than doubling the capacity of the current facility. Four ferries will be able to dock simultaneously.
At the existing terminal, three ferries can dock at the same time, "but it's a lot more awkward," Imperatore said. Passengers say the old "Jamestown" ferry boat -- which is sandwiched between two piers -- is undersized and ugly, offering little more than a cafe.
"I'm surprised it's still standing," said Fred Vasquez of Cliffside Park, who commutes daily to New York City. "On a rainy, windy day, you feel like you're going to fall off."
NY Waterway shared these concerns when it approached NJ Transit several years ago and proposed a joint venture that would appeal to users of the six-year-old Hudson-Bergen line.
The agency, in turn, liked the idea of connecting its rail system to a terminal that transports passengers to Manhattan in 10 minutes or less.
"It's a true intermodal facility," Stessel said. "It is built to modern standards. It's better designed to accommodate more customers."
The new terminal is also a tribute to NY Waterway's growing regional importance since the company established its first terminal at the Port Imperial site in 1986, NJ Transit says.
NY Waterway, which faced bankruptcy two years ago, is also hoping the new ferry hub will boost ridership, which peaked after 9/11 but bottomed out when commuter PATH trains resumed operations at the World Trade Center site and ferry fares were increased.
NY Waterway, which has served more than 100 million passengers at Port Imperial since 1986, now has 12 terminals that transport commuters and tourists to Manhattan.
Imperatore also has sold off pieces of the Port Imperial property to developers who have built more than 4,000 housing units adjacent to the terminal. Plans for additional housing, retail and office development are in the works.
"When I first got here, I saw a rim city," Imperatore said of Weehawken. "Now, it's happening."
Imperatore, who made a fortune in his family's now-defunct trucking business -- APA Transport -- said he was called "crazy" when he purchased the riverfront property for $7.7 million in 1983 for his fledging ferry business.
But he has been fascinated with ferry travel since his childhood days in West New York. He used to walk from his house to the Port Imperial area to watch the West Shore ferry boats ship out, and the New York Central trains pass by.
"When I was 10, I used to watch my uncle take milk off the train here and load it onto his trucks," Imperatore said. "On the hill there, we made fires. We roasted potatoes, smoked cigarettes and watched the railroad yard."
Eventually, the ferry business -- like many passenger-train services -- faded away and disappeared. The Port Imperial site became a "no man's land," Imperatore said. Between the railroad tracks and the chop shops, stray dogs roamed the area.
"We had to bring in guys with guns to take control of the property," Imperatore said.
NY Waterway initially housed its Port Imperial terminal facilities in trailers. But the venture's steady growth prompted Imperatore to search for bigger quarters. He also wanted a terminal with a nautical theme.
In 1991, Imperatore purchased, transported and renovated the "Jamestown" -- an old ferry boat that transported passengers from Newport to Jamestown, R.I. -- for $440,000.
"It was perfect," he said. "It had a lot of space. It had a waiting room. It even had a painting of the discovery of the Hudson River."
At the time, the boat -- long out of service -- was being used as a nightclub in Philadelphia. Imperatore hired a tug boat to tow it to Weehawken.
On the way, the tug boat ran into storms -- forcing the operator boat to backtrack north up the Delaware River. There, he waited for the storms to subside.
"When he got here, the tug guy got out and said, 'I don't ever want to see this boat again,' " Imperatore said.
Nevertheless, Imperatore said the "old clunker" served the company's needs for nearly two decades. He even keeps an office there, where he hangs pictures of old ferry boats sailing out of Port Imperial site.
"It was a piece of land that was abandoned," Imperatore said. "But I had dreams."
Copyright © 2006 North Jersey Media Group Inc.
Some pictures courtesy of the Star-Ledger.
WEEHAWKEN WELCOMES NEW PORT IMPERIAL FERRY TERMINAL
Officials preview intermodal facility in advance of opening day
May 22, 2006
Contact: Dan Stessel 973-491-7078
WEEHAWKEN, NJ — A ceremonial blast of ferry horns and water cannons on the Hudson River signaled a new era of convenience and connectivity for residents of Hudson and Bergen counties and beyond as NJ TRANSIT, NY Waterway and state and local officials gathered to preview the new Port Imperial Ferry Terminal in Weehawken on the eve of opening day.
Starting tomorrow, thousands of trans-Hudson commuters will benefit from a new “gateway to the river” when the 31,000-square foot intermodal facility opens to the public.
“This new ferry terminal will provide New Jersey commuters with more choices, which is especially important with gas prices so high,” said Senator Frank R. Lautenberg. “It will help us continue the growth of the New Jersey riverfront and provide a much-needed alternative in case of a disruption to our transportation system.”
“The completion of this terminal is a great compliment to the new light rail station only steps away,” said Senator Robert Menendez. “These improvements represent a new era in transportation for the region—more ways to travel, more ways to access the opportunities of the region, while protecting our environment and improving the flow of traffic.”
Port Imperial Ferry Terminal—located directly across the street from the Port Imperial light rail station—is expected to serve more than 4,000 customers (8,500 passenger trips) on a typical weekday. NY Waterway will offer more than 100 ferry departures from the facility each weekday from 6 a.m. until midnight (1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights).
A new 194-foot pedestrian overpass—currently under construction—will ultimately link the ferry terminal with the light rail station, allowing for a seamless connection between light rail and trans-Hudson ferry service. With connections to NJ TRANSIT buses also available, the new ferry terminal is a full intermodal facility.
“The Port Imperial Ferry Terminal is at the center of a transit system that brings buses, light rail and ferries together,” said Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman Kris Kolluri. “Through our actions, we are demonstrating an awareness of the overall trans-Hudson network and recognizing the role that ferry service plays in providing New Jersey residents with another commuting option.”
With the Manhattan skyline as their backdrop, Commissioner Kolluri and NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington were joined by a host of dignitaries—including Senator Lautenberg, Senator Menendez and Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner—for a speaking program that highlighted the benefits of the new facility, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony overlooking the Hudson River.
The new ferry terminal replaces an aging and undersized terminal used since 1986 for ferry services between Weehawken and New York and will accommodate future growth in trans-Hudson ferry ridership. Docking capabilities for four ferry boats provide the capacity to load and transport up to 12,000 passengers per hour.
Constructed on a platform approximately fifty feet offshore, the new facility features a stunning glass curtain wall facing Manhattan, walkways, ramps, barges and space for passenger amenities. An 800-foot waterfront pedestrian esplanade provides scenic and convenient access to the terminal. The building was designed by award-winning architects Gruzen Samton LLP of New York and constructed by Conti Enterprises.
“With this new terminal, linked to the Light Rail and served by NJ Transit buses, New Jersey's leaders at every level are continuing their investments in our waterfronts, creating true transit villages where people can live and work in attractive, well-planned, traffic-free communities,” said NY Waterway founder Arthur E. Imperatore, Sr.
Officials applaud benefits of new facility
“I have no doubt that this new terminal will enhance the value of living and working on the waterfront,” said Senator Bernard F. Kenny, Jr. “Making it easier for people to get to work, shopping, the park or school is smart transportation planning and investment.”
“As the residential and commercial development on the Hudson County waterfront continues, it is important to see a similar investment in our transportation infrastructure,” said Assemblyman and West New York Mayor Albio Sires.
“Hudson County continues to be at the leading edge of transportation in this state,” said Senator Nicholas Sacco. “New light rail stations and now a state-of-the-art ferry terminal clearly make our county one of the best places to live and work.”
“Through an innovative partnership, we have taken the best of the public and private sectors and created a facility that will serve commuters for years to come,” said Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski, Chairman of the Transportation Committee. “This project demonstrates New Jersey’s commitment to providing efficient and effective trans-Hudson transportation options.”
“While ferry service is not new to Weehawken, the design of this terminal coupled with its passenger amenities make this facility a credit to our waterfront,” said Mayor Richard Turner
Razzle dazzle for ferry riders
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
By BONNIE FRIEDMAN
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER
WEEHAWKEN - NY Waterway officials put on quite a show for commuters entering the new Port Imperial Ferry Terminal yesterday morning.
A jazz band and pastries awaited bleary-eyed commuters arriving at the gleaming $44 million glass-encased terminal that will serve more than 4,000 commuters each day.
"It feels a little like 'Titanic' in here," said commuter Jackie Gioia, 24, referring to the live music.
A regular ferry rider, Gioia put her stamp of approval on the new terminal, although the 500-yard walk to the new terminal from the parking lot did cause her to miss her 9 a.m. boat. She said she had hoped for shuttle buses from the parking lot.
The terminal - which was built using almost all federal funds - is owned by NJ Transit. NY Waterway will pay NJ Transit $200,000 a year plus a per-passenger surcharge.
Dan Cohen, 51, who rides the boat twice a week into the city, says the ferry offers the best commute into New York City.
"I can't stand the aggravation of the tunnel or finding a place to park," he said. "And the frequency of the ferries is a lot easier than the train."
Achilles Heel.Originally Posted by JCMAN320
Moving sidewalk? $$$
One of the best vantage points I've ever seen. Stunning, Edward!
Needs a supertall or two.