NY Waterway service at Port Liberte may soon return

The location of the Port Liberte NY Waterway ferry boat depot. Apple Maps

A resolution awarding a contract for services out of the Port Liberte Ferry Terminal to NY Waterway will be introduced at the next Jersey City City Council meeting on May 24, 2023 and follows a thorough RFP process, Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Councilwoman Denise Ridley and the Department of Infrastructure said jointly.

The City of Jersey City recently acquired Port Liberte to restore the only ferry service outside of downtown, promote ridership and ensure residents in low- and moderate-income communities have greater access to affordable and efficient transportation options.

“We acquired the ferry terminal to have an active role in subsidizing rates and providing greater and more equitable access to critical transportation services that our residents from Greenville to Bergen-Lafayette need,” Fulop, a potential candidate for governor of New Jersey, said. “We are exceeding our goals in closing transportation gaps and expanding our transit infrastructure through Via Jersey City, which we launched in 2020. The Port Liberte Ferry Terminal was previously an underutilized asset.  With this resolution, we will make the most of our existing resources and connect residents to the terminal who may not otherwise have access to ferry services.”

NY Waterway had previously operated out of the Port Liberte Ferry Terminal until service was suspended in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022, Fulop proposed the acquisition to provide residents of the Greenville and Bergen-Lafayette neighborhoods with another public transit option to New York City.

The ordinance to acquire the terminal for $1 was passed by the City Council last June.

“NY Waterway is delighted to be provisionally selected as the new operator for commuter ferry service out of Port Liberte,” Armand Pohan, NY Waterway’s president and CEO, said.  “We submitted a highly competitive service proposal and are thrilled that we are getting the opportunity to fulfill it. We look forward to finalizing our agreement with Jersey City and launching this new service as soon as possible.”

It is not immediately known when the service will kick off if the contact is awarded. The fare for a one-way trip to Manhattan from Port Liberte is expected to be $8.

Approximate launching site Apple Maps

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