NY Waterway

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NY Waterway
NY Waterway logo.svg
NY Waterway ferry with Jersey City skyline.jpg
Locale New Jersey
New York
Waterway Hudson River
East River
New York Bay
Transit type passenger ferry
Owner Arthur Imperatore
Operator NY Waterway
Began operation December 3, 1986
No. of lines 23
No. of vessels 34
No. of terminals 21
Daily ridership Approx. 30,000[1]
Website http://www.nywaterway.com/
Weehawken headquarters and terminal

NY Waterway, or New York Waterway, is a private transportation company running ferry and bus service in the Port of New York and New Jersey and in the Hudson Valley. While operations and much marketing come under the NY Waterway logo, the company works with other private companies and in public-private partnership with agencies such as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New Jersey Transit, New York City Department of Transportation, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority, to provide service and maintain docking facilities.[2] In 2009, the fleet included 33 boats, 15 of which are operated by the company for its associate Billybey Ferry.[3]

NY Waterway uses ferry slips at four terminals in Manhattan as well as terminals and slips in Jersey City, Hoboken, Weehawken, and Edgewater, all located along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, and at landings on the East River in Brooklyn and Long Island City. Commuter peak service is also provided on the Haverstraw–Ossining Ferry, Newburgh–Beacon Ferry, and to the Raritan Bayshore. Excursions and sightseeing trips [4] include those to Yankee Stadium,[5] Gateway National Recreation Area, and Governors Island.



In 1981 Arthur Edward Imperatore, Sr., a trucking magnate, purchased a 2.5 miles (4.0 km) length of the Weehawken, New Jersey waterfront, where the company is based,[6] from the bankrupt Penn Central for $7.5 million, with the plan to redevelop the brownfield site as had others along the west bank of the Hudson River waterfront and to restore ferry service to it. In 1986 he established New York Waterway,[1] with a route across the river between Weehawken Port Imperial and Pier 78 on the West Side of Midtown Manhattan. Three years later, it began operation between Hoboken Terminal and Battery Park City.[7][8] During the course of the next decade numerous routes across the Hudson were added.[9] In February 2011 it was contracted to operate a route calling at slips in Brooklyn and Queens as well as the East River terminals.[10] Subsidized by the City of New York, the service was originally intended for commuters, but after a few months became popular with weekend users and tourists.[11]

Expansion and near bankruptcy[edit]

The September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center destroyed the PATH terminal located there, greatly reducing cross-Hudson River passenger capacity. The company was well-positioned to take advantage of government investment in ferry service, receiving subsidies and generous agreements to docking at public facilities.[12][13] NY Waterway service quickly expanded by adding new routes and increasing the frequency of crossings. It borrowed heavily to fund the acquisition of additional vessels. After PATH service was restored ridership significantly declined, the loss of passengers bringing the company, unable to reduce its fixed costs, to brink of bankruptcy. By December 2004, there was deep concern that there would be a total shutdown of ferry service, disrupting the commutes of 30,000 daily riders.[14] The Port Authority, as well as city and state agencies had already contracted the construction of new ferry terminals to be leased to private operators. The shutdown was averted when the new BillyBey Ferry Company LLC which had never before operated ferry services, founded by Manhattan lawyer William B. Wachtel, agreed to take over almost half of NY Waterway's equipment and routes. Other ferry and sightseeing boat operators were displeased that the Port Authority approved the transfer without a transparent bidding process.[15]

Coming to the aid of downed Flight 1549

Rescue operations[edit]

NY Waterway has played a role in a number of rescue and emergency operations.[16] In the immediate after effects of September 11, 2001 attacks, the company was instrumental in the evacuation of passengers who otherwise would have been stranded[17] in Manhattan due to the chaos created in the mass transit system. The ferry service also brought people across the river during Northeast Blackout of 2003 when service on New Jersey Transit and Port Authority Trans-Hudson trains could not operate. During the 2005 New York City transit strike it provided alternative transportation.

In 2009, the company was instrumental in the rescue of passengers of US Airways Flight 1549, which made an emergency landing on the Hudson River.[18] The firm gained media attention both for its efforts to rescue passengers from airplane and for its hiring of 20-year-old Brittany Catanzaro as captain. Thanks in a large part to the successful efforts of Captains Vincent Lombardi and Catanzaro, together with their crews, all aboard were rescued.

On April 6, 2012, a NY Waterway ferry rescued the crew of the Katherine G a tugboat that capsized near Liberty Island.[19] The ferry's captain, Mohamed Gouda, had also commanded one of the ferries that participated in the flight 1549 rescue.

NYWaterway - NJT partnerships[edit]

In June 2012, New Jersey Transit and NY Waterway began a fare-sharing program for riders transferring between the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and ferries at Port Imperial for ten-trip and monthly tickets.[20] in a program called Surf and Turf[21] In May 2013 NY Waterway initiated afternoon bus service along the NJT bus routes 158, and 159R, which travel north to Fort Lee, and 156R, with continuing service to Englewood Cliffs.[22][23] Passengers who purchase a 10-trip or a Monthly Joint Bus-Ferry pass take the bus to the Port Authority Bus Terminal during mornings and travel by ferry in the evening.[24] In December 2014 it was announced that NJT will buy ten buses for NY Waterway's use on its Manhattan bus routes.[24] In January 2016, NY Waterway and NJT introduced the Hudson GoPass, allowing for unlimited use on light rail, ferry and bus routes 156, 158, 159.[25]

Terminals and routes[edit]

West Midtown Ferry Terminal[edit]

Route Transfers
West Midtown Ferry Terminal[26]
West Side Highway at West 39th Street
Hudson River Park-Midtown Manhattan
NY Waterway buses[27][28]
New York City Transit buses
M42 and M50
To Notes
Edgewater Landing

Edgewater-Fort Lee

peak service New Jersey Transit buses
NY Waterway buses
Weehawken Port Imperial[30]
full service Hudson Bergen Light Rail
New Jersey Transit
NY Waterway buses
Lincoln Harbor


residents and guests only
14th Street[32]
via Lincoln Harbor off-peak New Jersey Transit bus
Paulus Hook Ferry Terminal[33]
Jersey City
peak service PATH
Hudson Bergen Light Rail
New Jersey Transit bus
New York Waterway shuttle
Belford Harbor[34]
Raritan Bayshore, Monmouth County
limited peak service via The Narrows & Upper Bay

Battery Park City Ferry Terminal at the World Financial Center[edit]

Battery Park City Ferry Terminal (at left) is moored in the Hudson River just north of World Financial Center North Cove
Ferries at Paulus Hook Ferry Terminal, Exchange Place
Route Transfers
Battery Park City Ferry Terminal[35][36][37][38][39]
at World Financial Center
Hudson River Park at Vesey Street
Battery Park City, Manhattan
Liberty Water Taxi
To Notes
Weehawken Port Imperial[42]
full service Hudson Bergen Light Rail
New Jersey Transit bus
NY Waterway buses
14th Street
peak service New Jersey Transit bus
Hoboken Terminal[44]
full service Port Authority Trans Hudson
Hudson Bergen Light Rail
NJT & MTA rail
Hudson Place bus terminal
Paulus Hook Ferry Terminal[45]
Exchange Place, Paulus Hook, Jersey City
peak service PATH
Hudson Bergen Light Rail
New Jersey Transit bus
New York Waterway shuttle
Liberty Harbor[46]
Marin Boulevard, Paulus Hook, Jersey City
full service Hudson Bergen Light Rail
Belford Harbor[47]
Raritan Bayshore, Monmouth County
peak service via The Narrows & Upper Bay

Pier 11 at Wall Street[edit]

At Pier 11 on East River
Route Transfers
Pier 11 at Wall Street[48]
40°42′13″N 74°00′24″W / 40.703611°N 74.006661°W / 40.703611; -74.006661
South Street at Gouverneur Lane
New York Beach Ferry
To Notes
Weehawken Port Imperial[49]
Hudson Bergen Light Rail
New Jersey Transit
NY Waterway buses
Hoboken Terminal[50]
New Jersey Transit bus
Hudson Bergen Light Rail
NJT & MTA Rail
Paulus Hook Ferry Terminal[51]
Jersey City
rush hour service PATH Exchange Place
Hudson Bergen Light Rail
New Jersey Transit bus
NY Waterway shuttle
Port Liberte[52]
Jersey City
AM peak & aft/eve service New Jersey Transit bus
Belford Harbor[34]
Raritan Bayshore, Monmouth County
peak service via The Narrows & Upper Bay

East River route[edit]

Service operates in both directions with year-round service running every 20 minutes on weekdays. Peak service runs every 20 minutes, off-peak service runs every 30 minutes during the summer (April-Oct) and hourly during the winter.[53][54]

East River logo
Most vessels used by NY Waterway are bow-loading
Route Transfers
East 34th Street Ferry Landing
FDR Drive/34th Street, Manhattan
NY Waterway Bus[55]
Hunters Point-Long Island City
Long Island City LIRR station
India Street, Brooklyn
North Williamsburg
North Sixth Street, Brooklyn
South Williamsburg
Schaefer Landing, Brooklyn
Fulton Ferry Landing
Fulton Street, Brooklyn
New York Water Taxi
Pier 11 at Wall Street
South Street, Manhattan
New York Waterway
New York Beach Ferry

Raritan Bayshore route[edit]

Crossing the Upper Bay
Route Notes
Belford Harbor[56]
Raritan Bayshore -Middletown-Monmuth County
limited peak service
via The Narrows & Upper Bay calling at Wall Street, Battery Park City Ferry Terminal, & Paulus Hook Ferry Terminal
West Midtown Ferry Terminal[57]

Upstream Hudson routes[edit]

Ferry approaching Beacon ferry slip
Route Transfer
Haverstraw–Ossining Ferry
peak service
Metro-North Railroad-Hudson Line
Bee-Line Bus System
Newburgh–Beacon Ferry
peak service
Metro-North Railroad-Hudson Line
Dutchess County LOOP

Bus routes in Manhattan[edit]

NY Waterway operates connecting bus service for ferry passengers on different routes in Manhattan.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Carroll, Timothy J. (October 11, 2009). "20 Years Crossing the Hudson". Jersey City Reporter (Hoboken: Hudson Reporter). pp. 7 & 16. Retrieved 2010-01-09. 
  2. ^ Dunlap, David W. (April 7, 2002). "Launching a Flotilla of Ferry Terminals". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  3. ^ Moses, Clare (November 18, 2009). "New ferry route from Liberty Harbor to Lower Manhattan". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  4. ^ NY Waterway Cruises
  5. ^ Maurer, Mark (October 6, 2010). "NY Waterway's Yankee Clipper offers 'Sailgate' cruises to all Yankees post-season home games". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  6. ^ "Nancy Rieger and Armand Pohan". The New York Times. May 20, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  7. ^ "Battery Park City Ferry Terminal". McLaren Engineering Group. Retrieved 2011-07-16. 
  8. ^ Uhlig, Mark A. (May 5, 1988). "Site in Manhattan is Chosen for New Ferry Terminal". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-23. 
  9. ^ Bagli, Charles V.; Flynn, Kevin (July 22, 2003). "A Fleet and How It Grew; Ferry Operator's Dominance Draws Rivals' Anger". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  10. ^ Grynbaum, Micheal M. (February 1, 2011). "Ferries to Ply East River Far More Regularly Soon". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  11. ^ McGeehan, Patrick (October 16, 2011), "Though Others Failed, New East River Ferries Are a Hit", The New York Times, retrieved 2011-10-22 
  12. ^ Bagli, Charles V.; Flynn, Kevin (July 22, 2003). "A Fleet and How It Grew; Ferry Operator's Dominance Draws Rivals' Anger". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  13. ^ Bagli, Charles V. (June 25, 2003). "City Lost Money From Ferry Operators' Fees, the Comptroller Finds". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  14. ^ Golway, Terry (December 19, 2004). "Transportation; Mutiny on the Hudson". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  15. ^ McGeehan, Patrick (February 15, 2005). "Port Authority Picks Lawyer To Run Ferries on Hudson". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  16. ^ http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2011/08/video_ny_waterway_ferry_boat_c.html
  17. ^ Rife, Judy (October 12, 2005). "Newburgh-Beacon Ferry Crew Set to Go". Times Herald-Record (Middletown). Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  18. ^ Applebome, Peter (January 17, 2009). "A Small Town’s Recurring Role as a Rescue Beacon". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  19. ^ "Tugboat Capsizes Near Liberty Island; 3 People Rescued". CBS News. 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2012-04-09.  mirror
  20. ^ "NJ TRANSIT & NY WATERWAY JOINT "DISCOUNTED" TICKET". The Star-Ledger (NY Waterway). Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  21. ^ Frassinelli, Mike (May 31, 2012). "NJ Transit, NY Waterway collaborate for cheaper 'Surf and Turf' pass". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  22. ^ Frassinelli, Mike (May 24, 2013). "Ferry commute sidesteps cramped Lincoln Tunnel, Port Authority Bus Terminal". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  23. ^ '"Try Cruising Home Tonight" (Press release). New Jersey Transit. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  24. ^ a b Vena, Joseph R. (September 16, 2013). "NY Waterway Bus-Ferry Travel Option expansion offers commuters faster ride home". The Jersey JOurnal. Retrieved 2014-12-10. 
  25. ^ http://www.nywaterway.com/HudsonGoPass.aspx
  26. ^ WMFT routes
  27. ^ NY Waterway Peak Manhattan bus map
  28. ^ NY Waterway Off-peak Manhattan bus routes
  29. ^ WMFT-Edgewater Landing schedule
  30. ^ Port Imperial WMFT-Port Imperial schedule
  31. ^ Lincoln Harbor schedule WMFT-Lincoln Harbor schedule
  32. ^ WMFT-14th Street schedule
  33. ^ WMFT-Paulus Hook schedule
  34. ^ a b Pier 11-Belford schedule
  35. ^ "New State-of-the-Art Ferry Terminal to Open in Battery Park City on Wednesday, March 18" (Press release). Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. March 17, 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  36. ^ Ohrstrom, Lysandra (June 6, 2008). "Bigger, Better Battery Park Ferry Terminal Finally Arriving". The New York Observer. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  37. ^ "Battery Park City Ferry Terminal Project Gallery". Birdair. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  38. ^ "Battery Park City Ferry Terminal - International Achievement Awards". IFIA Publications. Archived from the original on May 5, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  39. ^ Dunlap, David W. (March 17, 2009). "Downtown Gets a New Ferry Terminal". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  40. ^ WFC routes
  41. ^ "Seastreak". Seastreak. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  42. ^ WFC/Port Imperial schedule
  43. ^ BPC-WFC-14th Street schedule
  44. ^ BPC/WFC-Hoboken Terminal schedule
  45. ^ BPC-WFC/Paulus Hook schedule scheudle
  46. ^ BPC/WFC-Liberty Harbor schdule
  47. ^ BPC/WFC-Belford schedule
  48. ^ Pier 11-Wall Street routes
  49. ^ Pier 111 to Weehawken Port Imperial
  50. ^ 14th Street Hoboken schedule
  51. ^ Paulus Hook schedule
  52. ^ Pier 11-Port Liberte schedule
  53. ^ Clark, Roger (June 1, 2011). "East River Ferry Service To Make A Splash". NY1. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  54. ^ "East River Ferry". NY Waterway. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  55. ^ http://www.nywaterway.com/UserFiles/Files/ERF_BusRouteMap.pdf
  56. ^ Belford Harbor routes
  57. ^ WMFT-Belford schedule

External links[edit]

Media related to NY Waterway at Wikimedia Commons