NEW ENGINEERING ANALYSIS ON FERRY REFUELING FACILITY COUNTERS CLAIMS ON HOBOKEN TERMINAL, UNION DRY DOCK, BAYONNE

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NEW ENGINEERING ANALYSIS ON FERRY REFUELING FACILITY COUNTERS CLAIMS ON HOBOKEN TERMINAL, UNION DRY DOCK, BAYONNE

 

Boswell Engineering at the moment launched a brand new report responding to the claims in two just lately reported research concerning the viability of alternate places for a ferry refueling facility. Boswell’s up to date report notes the research, touted by New York Waterway, didn’t analyze a number of components that might make Hoboken Terminal or Bayonne viable in comparison with Union Dry Dock. The research, based on Boswell, didn’t account for resiliency planning efforts at Hoboken Terminal and famous unsubstantiated claims of a “homeland security menace”, amongst different conclusions.

 

“With out query, Union Dry Dock is the incorrect location for a ferry upkeep facility,” stated Mayor Bhalla. “Because the Boswell report as soon as once more signifies, Hoboken Terminal and Bayonne are viable alternate options and much better suited than a location in the midst of a residential neighborhood. Finding Union Dry Dock for a ferry refueling and upkeep facility would go towards the skilled recommendation of engineers, environmentalists, and the needs of hundreds of Hoboken residents who overwhelmingly desire a waterfront park on the location.”

 

In 2018, Boswell Engineering carried out a complete different website evaluation, that concluded Hoboken Terminal was the best choice for New York Waterway’s refueling station. This was primarily based on a number of components, together with the truth that Hoboken Terminal already presents ferry service for over 50,000 each day commuters, experiences heavy boat site visitors every day, and accommodates satisfactory depth to accommodate further ferries. Boswell ranked the Bayonne Peninsula because the second best choice, noting the positioning is already zoned for marine operations, and the satisfactory dimension of the present pier which may accommodate future growth. In 2009, New Jersey Transit additionally concluded in their very own impartial evaluation that Hoboken Terminal and Bayonne had been superior choices to Union Dry Dock.

 

Final week, 15 environmental leaders from throughout New Jersey signed a letter opposing a ferry upkeep facility at Union Dry Dock because of the detrimental impression to Hoboken’s waterfront surroundings.

 

The complete textual content of Boswell’s report could be discovered beneath with the unique report accessed by clicking right here.

 

 

Boswell Engineering

Evaluation of New Jersey Transit and New Jersey Division of Transportation Shows

Metropolis of Hoboken

 

August 20, 2019

 

The aim of this doc is to offer commentary and rebuttal info primarily based on Boswell Engineering’s (“Boswell”) overview of the 2 following paperwork, each of that are connected as Appendix A:

 

New Jersey Transit’s (“NJT”) presentation, entitled, “Closing Report Ferry Upkeep Facility Analysis,” dated August eight, 2019 (“2019 NJT Presentation”); and
New Jersey Division of Transportation’s (“NJDOT”) presentation, entitled, “Closing Report NYWW Ferry Upkeep Facility Website Feasibility Evaluation – MOTBY and Union Dry Dock,” additionally dated August eight, 2019 (“2019 NJDOT Presentation”).[i]

 

The Metropolis of Hoboken’s (“Metropolis”) place is that New York Waterway’s (“NYWW”) deliberate ferry upkeep and refueling facility, at present proposed to be positioned on the Union Dry Dock (“UDD”) website, can and ought to be relocated to a website that’s extra applicable and in keeping with the proposed use.  The Metropolis, together with quite a few stakeholders, have supplied numerous location choices and raised vital environmental considerations in assist of its place to find a extra applicable website for NYWW’s proposed facility.  The next relies on Boswell’s overview of the 2019 NJT Presentation and the 2019 NJDOT Presentation.

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2019 NJT Presentation

 

The intent of the 2019 NJT Presentation is to show that new situations modified the conclusions drawn by NJT in its beforehand revealed research, entitled, “Ferry Berthing and Upkeep Evaluation” (“2009 NJT Examine”), dated August 2009, connected herein as Appendix B.  Within the 2009 NJT Examine, Hoboken South was NJT’s high rating location for a ferry upkeep facility.  On this identical research, the UDD location in Hoboken was ranked sixth out of 9 places evaluated.  Across the launch of its 2009 NJT Examine, NJT additionally obtained a Waterfront Improvement Allow from the NJDEP, issued on August three, 2009, which permitted the set up of such a facility at Hoboken South.  A replica of the allow is supplied in Appendix C of this doc.  As mentioned beneath, the modified situations are supplied by the NJT as causes for not finding its ferry upkeep and refueling facility at Hoboken South.

 

One modified situation, referenced within the 2019 NJT Presentation, is the necessity to relocate the ability as a result of Jersey Metropolis objected that the proposed facility would adversely impression plans for high-rise residential improvement.  Nonetheless, that is opposite to a letter, dated December 13, 2018, which the Metropolis wrote to Governor Murphy, together with numerous elected State, County and Native officers, together with Jersey Metropolis Mayor Steven Fulop, supporting Hoboken South in its place for the proposed ferry upkeep and fueling facility.  A replica of this letter is connected as Appendix D.

 

One other modified situation famous within the 2019 NJT Presentation associated to Tremendous Storm Sandy’s impression on the pier.  Nonetheless, the presentation doesn’t present any opinion on attainable resiliency planning efforts that may very well be integrated by NJT right into a proposed ferry upkeep and refueling facility.  NJT obtained a 146 million greenback Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”) grant to undertake resiliency upgrades at Hoboken Terminal.  With that grant, NJT is already working in the direction of defending Hoboken Terminal towards future climate occasions.  Accordingly, it’s possible correctly designed ferry upkeep and refueling facility at Hoboken South is possible and may very well be constructed.  Given NJT’s success in acquiring FTA grant funding, there might also be a possibility to acquire further grants or different funding to aide within the design and building of the proposed facility at Hoboken South.

 

“Pier situation and pilings for Hoboken Terminal have degraded within the final decade,” is listed as one other modified situation within the 2019 NJT Presentation.  Nonetheless, it seems that in 2009, NJT already contemplated that Hoboken South would require intensive rehabilitation and reconstruction work.  The poor situation of the pier and pilings was beforehand described within the NJDEP Waterfront Improvement Allow referenced above.  The 2009 allow outlined main reconstruction and alternative of present pilings and platforms, in addition to the development of recent appurtenances.  NJT is at present performing a technical evaluation of the pier and piling situations, however doesn’t seem to have acquired the outcomes as of the date of the 2019 NJT Presentation.  Accordingly, it seems to be untimely to quantify the extent of degradation of the piling and pier, and to find out identical as a modified situation.

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One other challenge famous within the 2019 NJT Presentation pertains to Hoboken South’s open southern publicity, which leaves it susceptible to future storm occasions.  Whereas this can be true, the present facility has the identical southern publicity which existed within the 2009 NJT Examine.  Resiliency, as mentioned above, ought to be thought of with any new proposed facility.

 

Within the 2019 NJT Presentation, security and security is listed as one other concern concerning Hoboken South.  Hoboken Terminal is listed by the Division of Homeland Safety on the High Transit Asset Listing.  Nonetheless, these similar security and security considerations existed throughout the post-9/11 interval by which the 2009 NJT research was carried out, and homeland security was not recognized by NJT as an obstacle to the protected and safe operation of ferry refueling, restore and upkeep operations.  The 2019 NJT Presentation doesn’t present any new info that may warrant designation of Hoboken South as a larger security menace in 2019 than in 2009.

 

Relating to the declare of homeland security considerations, we additional be aware that earlier this summer season, the federal Division of Homeland Safety carried out a security website go to of each the Hoboken South and Union Dry Dock websites, and their findings haven’t but been made public.  Accordingly, we respectfully submit that any conclusion that Hoboken South is just not possible on account of homeland security and security considerations is untimely pending the result of what we perceive to be an ongoing federal homeland security evaluation of this declare.

 

Lastly, we agree that the positioning is a crucial asset to regional transportation and is a website that have to be hardened to stop terrorist exercise; nonetheless, these outcomes can usually be achieved via correct planning and design to insulate towards such threats.  NJT at present implements goal hardening methods at susceptible amenities, however the NJT 2019 Presentation doesn’t talk about why the identical couldn’t be completed with the proposed upkeep facility.

 

One other modified situation within the 2019 NJT Presentation said that Brick Alley is just not viable for truck exercise; nonetheless, there is no such thing as a dialogue concerning another entry resolution, which we consider could exist.  Given the filling of the lengthy slip and the modifications proposed on the adjoining rail yard, there could also be a possibility to offer entry alongside the south aspect of Hoboken Terminal.  There is no such thing as a dialogue or evaluation of this strategy within the 2019 NJT Presentation.

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2019 NJDOT Presentation

 

The idea of the 2019 NJDOT Presentation is that the utilization of MOTBY is possible, however there could also be further prices related to siting on the peninsula.  The estimated prices supplied within the presentation are obscure and don’t consider the preliminary acquisition price of the UDD website (roughly 11.5 million ).

 

The 2019 NJDOT Presentation briefly touches upon the potential of expanded ferry companies, which ought to be a major goal of the NJDOT, specifically expanded regional transportation alternate options.  Whereas not mentioned intimately, MOTBY ought to be thought of as a viable different.

MOTBY is on the outskirts of NYWW’s present ferry routes and presents a possibility to advertise growth of NYWW’s operations into Central New Jersey, which might end in elevated service choices and ridership benefitting New Jersey commuters.  This growth of ferry service may additionally pay dividends in decreasing bus site visitors from central New Jersey to the Hudson River crossings into New York.   Accordingly, long run regional mass transit planning strongly means that MOTBY can be a perfect location for the proposed use as a result of it’s extra centralized than north Hudson County, thereby providing extra environment friendly alternatives for ferry mass transit for residents in central New Jersey and coastal municipalities at present looking for to assemble ferry terminal infrastructure, comparable to Bayonne, Carteret and South Amboy.

 

Conclusion

 

The 2019 NJT Presentation and the 2019 NJDOT Presentation don’t sufficiently element the existence of different places for the NYWW ferry upkeep and fueling facility.  As mentioned above, Hoboken South and the MOTBY Southeast Property are viable websites.  Any declare that homeland security and security considerations get rid of the feasibility of Hoboken South are untimely pending the federal Division of Homeland Safety’s ongoing evaluation, and such considerations, if professional, could be addressed via routine goal hardening planning methods.   Till detailed evaluations are accomplished, the estimated building prices famous in each shows are speculative.  Lastly, we consider Hoboken South and MOTBY websites are extra applicable than the UDD website given how the Metropolis’s waterfront has developed from a industrial hub to a primarily residential and parklike space.

 

Ought to you’ve gotten any questions or require any further info, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

BOSWELL ENGINEERING

Joseph A. Pomante, P.E.

 

Click on right here for Appendix paperwork A-D

 

1 Hoboken was not given a possibility to help within the analysis and evaluation of the subject material of the research.

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