West Midtown Ferry Terminal

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West Midtown Ferry Terminal
Ferry terminal
W39th St ferry terminal jeh.JPG
Midtown Ferry Terminal on the Hudson River
Location39th Street and 12th Avenue
Manhattan, New York
United States
Coordinates40°45′37.57″N 74°0′12.57″W / 40.7604361°N 74.0034917°W / 40.7604361; -74.0034917Coordinates: 40°45′37.57″N 74°0′12.57″W / 40.7604361°N 74.0034917°W / 40.7604361; -74.0034917
Operated byPort Authority of New York and New Jersey
Line(s)NY Waterway
ConnectionsBus transport New York City Bus local routes M12, M42, M50
Disabled accessHandicapped/disabled access
"boat icon" Ferry services
Preceding station   NY Waterway   Following station
Edgewater Landing   Edgewater–Midtown ferry   Terminus
Hoboken Terminal   Hoboken Terminal–Midtown ferry   Terminus
Hoboken 14th Street   14th Street–Midtown ferry   Terminus
Belford Harbor   Belford Harbor–Midtown ferry   Terminus
Paulus Hook Terminal   Paulus Hook–Midtown ferry   Terminus
Weehawken Port Imperial   Port Imperial–Midtown ferry   Terminus
Lincoln Harbor   Lincoln Harbor–Midtown ferry   Terminus
Harborside   Harborside–Midtown ferry   Terminus
  Future service  
NYC Ferry
toward St. George
St. George
Beginning 2020

The West Midtown Ferry Terminal is a passenger bus and ferry terminal serving ferries along the Hudson River in New York City and northeastern New Jersey. It is located at Piers 78 and 79 in Hudson River Park adjacent to the West Side Highway at West 39th Street in Midtown Manhattan. The municipally-owned facility opened in 2005 as multi-user terminal to accommodate an increasing demand for ferry service in the Port of New York and New Jersey and to provide ferry slips for short haul crossings, water taxis, and high-speed long distance service.[1][2][3][4] Built largely with public funds the West Midtown became upon its opening one of the principal terminals used by the private NY Waterway-operated routes to Jersey City, Hoboken, Weehawken, and Edgewater.

The terminal is located on a narrow strip of land west of West Side Highway, a major arterial road, and Hudson River Park. Its construction required the incorporation of the ventilation towers of the Lincoln Tunnel built in the 1930s. Clad in glass, it contains six ferry slips as well as a passenger ticketing area and waiting room.[1]


South side

The Weehawken was the last ferry to the West Shore Railroad's Weehawken Terminal on March 25, 1959 at 1:10 am.,[5] ending a century of continuous service from 42nd Street. In 1981 Arthur Edward Imperatore, Sr., trucking magnate, purchased a 2.5-mile (4.0 km) length of the Weehawken waterfront from the bankrupt Penn Central for $7.5 million and in 1986 established New York Waterway,[6] with a route across the river that roughly paralleled the older one. Initially, the ferry slip at Pier 78 was a makeshift affair with limited, yet increasing ridership.

After the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center destroyed the PATH terminal located there cross-Hudson passenger capacity was greatly reduced, and ferry service was expanded to compensate. NY Waterway borrowed heavily to acquire new vessels to add new routes and add more runs to schedules. City and state agencies contracted the construction of new ferry terminals to be leased to private operators, of which the West Midtown is one. With the restoration of rapid transit service, riderships numbers dropped significantly. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey brokered a deal to avoid bankruptcy and disruption of service.[7][8]


The company maintains a fleet of buses which provide free connecting service to the ferry that run on peak[9] and off peak routes[10] in Manhattan below 59th Street. New York City transit buses M42 and M50 stop in the vicinity of the terminal at 42nd Street.


Bow loading ferry on Hudson River

Commuter ferries connect to several New Jersey terminals, listed here from north to south, located along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.

To Notes Transfers
Edgewater Landing

Edgewater-Fort Lee

rush hour service New Jersey Transit buses
NY Waterway buses
Weehawken Port Imperial[12]
full-time service Hudson Bergen Light Rail
New Jersey Transit
NY Waterway buses
Lincoln Harbor


residents and guests only
Hoboken Terminal[14]
full-time service Port Authority Trans Hudson
Hudson Bergen Light Rail
NJT & MTA rail
Hudson Place bus terminal
14th Street (Hoboken)[15]
via Lincoln Harbor New Jersey Transit bus
Paulus Hook Ferry Terminal[16]
Jersey City
rush hour service PATH Exchange Place
Hudson Bergen Light Rail
New Jersey Transit bus
Jersey City
rush hour service PATH Exchange Place
Hudson Bergen Light Rail
New Jersey Transit bus

High-speed service[edit]

To Notes Transfers
Belford Harbor[18]

Raritan Bayshore
Monmouth County

once daily inbound/outbound rush hour service via The Narrows & Upper Bay
calling at Paulus Hook, Battery Park City, & Wall Street

NYC Ferry service (future)[edit]

Service on the St. George route of the NYC Ferry system will begin in 2020.[19][20][21][22]

To Notes Transfers
Battery Park City Ferry Terminal
Vesey Street, Manhattan
Begins 2020[19][20][21][22] NY WaterwayLiberty Water Taxi
M9 and M20 buses
St. George Terminal
1 Bay Street, St. George, Staten Island
Staten Island Ferry to Whitehall Terminal, Manhattan
Staten Island Railway
S40, S42, S44, S46, S48, S51, S52, S61, S62, S66, S74, S76, S78, S81, S84, S86, S90, S91, S92, S94, S96 and S98 buses


Terminal is adjacent to West Street and Manhattan Waterfront Greenway.
Terminal is near Hudson River Park and north of the Javits Center.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Various Projects". William Nicholas Bodouva + Associates. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  2. ^ McGeehan, Patrick (October 21, 2005). "New and Flashy, Big and Glassy". The New York Times. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Barr, Wilma (May 2007), "Jewel on the Hudson" (PDF), Lighting Design and Application, 37 (No. 5): 48
  4. ^ Midtown Ferry Terminal
  5. ^ Arthur G. Adams (1996). The Hudson Through the Years. Fordham University Press. ISBN 978-0-8232-1676-5.
  6. ^ Carroll, Timothy J. (2009-10-11). "20 years crossing the Hudson". The Jersey City Reporter. Hoboken: Hudson Reporter. pp. 7 & 16. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
  7. ^ Golway, Terry (December 19, 2004). "Transportation; Mutiny on the Hudson". The New York Times.
  8. ^ McGeehan, Patrick (February 15, 2005). "Port Authority Picks Lawyer To Run Ferries on Hudson". The New York Times.
  9. ^ NY Waterway Peak Manhattan bus map
  10. ^ NY Waterway Off-peak Manhattan bus routes
  11. ^ Edgewater Landing
  12. ^ Port Imperial
  13. ^ Lincoln Harbor schedule
  14. ^ BPC/WFC-Hoboken Terminal schedule
  15. ^ 14th Street Hoboken schedule
  16. ^ Paulus Hook schedule
  17. ^ Harborside schedule
  18. ^ New York Waterway routes
  19. ^ a b "Routes and Schedules: St. George". NYC Ferry.
  20. ^ a b "NYC Ferry is adding 2 new routes". am New York. January 10, 2019. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  21. ^ a b Plitt, Amy (January 10, 2019). "NYC Ferry will launch service to Staten Island, Coney Island". Curbed NY. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  22. ^ a b "2020-2021 Expansion". New York City Ferry Service. Retrieved January 11, 2019.