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Rail life, post-Sept. 11: FTA to provide $54.8 million for New York City-Northern New Jersey ferry projects


On Jan. 15, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced it would provide $54.8 million for ferry-related projects in metropolitan New York City-Northern New Jersey to support interstate ferry service expansion due to the loss of Port Authority Trans-Hudson train service between New Jersey and Lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001.

"Transit service was severely impacted, disrupting the daily commute of thousands of people who lived, worked and visited one of the largest employment and financial centers in the world. [Sept. 11’s] economic impact was enormous," said FTA Administrator Jennifer Dorn in a prepared statement. "This funding will expand and improve ferry service and go a long way toward restoring the quality of life for all residents and commuters."

FTA has set aside $32.8 million for the following projects:

• $19 million to New Jersey Transit to restore the historic Hoboken, New Jersey Intermodal Ferry Terminal;

• $2.4 million to New Jersey Department of Transportation to reconstruct the Sussex Street Pier, at Exchange Place in Jersey City, N.J.; and

• $11.4 million to New York City Department of Transportation and Economic Development Corp. to help fund development of a new West Midtown Intermodal Ferry Terminal at West 38th Street in Manhattan.

Also, the Federal Highway Administration has earmarked $19 million to replace the Port Imperial Intermodal Ferry Terminal in Weehawken, N.J., and $3 million to build a permanent South Amboy (N.J.) Intermodal Ferry Terminal.

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