New survey desires to know if Hudson County wants a brand new ferry service

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A proposed Bayfront growth in Jersey Metropolis, along with factors in Harrison, Bayonne, South Kearny, West New York and Hoboken, could possibly be ports of name for brand new ferry service sooner or later.

However first, officers need potential ferry riders to take a survey.

Hudson County planning officers are finding out whether or not new ferry routes may assist transfer individuals in one of many state’s most populated counties and asking for residents’ assist via an internet ferry survey.

Officers plan to clarify the ferry throughout a Jan. 14 public Zoom assembly. The ferry enlargement research obtained off the bottom in Dec. 2019 with assist kind the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.

“ Hudson County’s geographic location on two peninsulas, surrounded by water, we needed to see if it will be possible to attach further areas by ferry routes,” mentioned James Kennelly, county spokesman. “We needed to discover the potential for brand new transportation choices for Hudson County and the North Jersey area.”

Present ferry service operated by New York Waterway is targeted on the trans-Hudson River service in Hudson County, he mentioned.

The survey is open till Feb. 28 and could be taken at https://hudcoferrystudy.com/survey/.

That survey, along with asking members about if and the way they use present ferries, additionally asks if they’re fascinated with ferry service from Harrison, western Jersey Metropolis on the Hackensack river facet, West Bayonne on the Newark Bay facet, South Kearny, Hoboken and West New York.

“We’re assessing the demand and potential for the entire above,” Kennelly mentioned.

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The place would probably ferry riders come from? New developments and a few present neighborhoods.

One probably place for demand that’s being checked out is Jersey Metropolis’s proposed eight,000-unit Bayfront growth on the Hackensack River, which can even be served by an extension of NJ Transit’s Hudson-Bergen gentle rail line.

“The main target of this assembly is the Bayfront redevelopment space in Jersey Metropolis,” he mentioned. The research is taking a look at each new/proposed developments and present neighborhoods.

Bayfront can be a part of the presentation in Jan. 14, which additionally options an outline of the research, preliminary findings, and a dialogue and query and reply session with about ferries, and journey wants, “with a concentrate on the context inside Jersey Metropolis transportation community,” Kennelly mentioned.

Nevertheless, a number of of six areas included within the research have expressed an curiosity in exploring the opportunity of ferry service, Kennelly mentioned. Others have been recognized as prospects for additional research via a assessment of knowledge and present situations, he mentioned.

The state’s two main ferry firms, New York Waterway and SeaStreak are concerned, Kennelly mentioned.

“We’ve performed outreach with each NY Waterway and Seastreak, in addition to different ferry service operators each on this area and throughout the nation, to tell our research,” Kennelly mentioned.

Ferry firms are being requested about finest practices for planning and implementing a profitable ferry service, and navigation points on regional waterways.

“We’ve all the time been bullish in regards to the potential for brand new ferry service throughout Hudson County,” mentioned Wiley Norvell, an NY Waterway spokesman. “We’re watching the research intently and sit up for working with the crew to get extra riders inside attain of a quick, comfy ferry commute.”

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When may new ferries begin crusing on new routes? Presently, planning officers are analyzing the potential for ferry service on a conceptual stage.

“There isn’t any plan or funding to create a brand new ferry service,” Kennelly mentioned. “No potential operator has been recognized for any service.”

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Larry Higgs could also be reached at lhiggs@njadvancemedia.com.

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