Carteret will receive $6 million from the DOT to build a passenger ferry terminal

Carteret will receive $6 million from the US Department of Transportation to build a passenger ferry terminal as part of the city’s effort to operate a ferry from central New Jersey to downtown Manhattan.

“This is great news for New Jersey residents and tourists traveling to downtown Manhattan. This funding will help improve efficient and reliable transportation options and reduce vehicular traffic,” said the U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th Dist.) in Tuesday’s announcement.

“The new passenger terminal will also promote the economic development of Carteret. I will continue to work hand in hand with Mayor Dan Reiman to fight for the funding necessary to fully realize this project. Pallone added.

When completed, the Carteret Intermodal Transportation Center will include a three-story ferry terminal and will be equipped with a waiting area, restrooms, food court/snack bar, operations center , meeting space and a public rooftop observation deck. The center is planned to be adjacent to other public amenities and open spaces on the Borough’s waterfront.

In January, Reiman announced that Carteret won a tender contract with New York Waterway to purchase a 149-passenger ferry for $2.25 million, the first ferry to Carteret.

“The ferry terminal building is an important next step in our efforts to provide environmentally responsible transportation service to commuters in Carteret and central New Jersey,” Reiman said. “We are grateful to our federal partners who continue to recognize the importance of the Carteret ferry project. In particular, the efforts of Congressman Pallone were instrumental in passing the infrastructure bill.

Funding will be distributed through the DOT Passenger Ferry Grant Program, which funds capital projects that help eligible project developers sustain existing passenger ferry service, establish new ferry service, and upgrade ferries , terminals and related facilities and equipment.

Funding for the ferry was provided by a $1 million grant from New Jersey Transitas promised in New Jersey’s fiscal year 2022 budget, and an additional grant of $1.25 million from the Port Authority Capital funds.

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