NY Waterway: 20 Years!


My favorite way for commuting to Manhattan celebrates their 20th Anniversary!

Billybey / NY Waterway: 20 years of service

Plus more Jersey City/Lower Manhattan Ferry Service Starting Nov. 2!


Billybey Ferry Co. today marked 20 years of commuter ferry service linking Hoboken, NJ, and Downtown Manhattan’s World Financial Center with free coffee and pastries for commuters, and with the announcement that service between World Financial Center and Jersey City’s Paulus Hook will be expanded significantly starting Monday, November 2.

Billybey, doing business as NY Waterway, carries more than 3 million passenger trips per year between Hoboken and Jersey City and Lower Manhattan. Starting November 2, the level of ferry service between Paulus Hook and WFC will almost double, with ferries departing every eight minutes.

Ferry service between Hoboken and the World Financial Center began in October 1989 to supplement PATH service. Service was authorized by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and operated by NY Waterway until Billybey Ferry Company, still operating under the NY Waterway banner, assumed the service in 2005.

“We are pleased that we were able to work with the Port Authority and NJ Transit to address a critical transportation need,” said NY Waterway Founder & CEO Arthur E. Imperatore. “I believe it served its original purposes superbly well and met the needs of the Port Authority, NJ Transit and the public.”

“Our commuter ferries have provided safe, convenient and efficient commuter services for 20 years and reducing traffic and pollution in the Metropolitan area,” said Billybey Ferry Co. CEO Paul Goodman.

“Today we also celebrate 20 years of exceptional dedication, professionalism, and service by crew members who we can always count on to get the job done, providing a critical redundancy for PATH
service,” said Billybey Chairman William Wachtel.

“We look forward to expanding service as Lower Manhattan continues to rebuild and as the economy recovers,” Mr. Wachtel added.

Read the rest of the announcement after the jump…

(NY Waterway Anniversary, continued…)

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “For the past 20 years, ferries have been a key piece of the region’s transportation puzzle that have allowed more people to be moved more efficiently every day. They will continue to play a vital role in the future as we strive to meet the future challenges of moving people on mass transit to deal with expected regional growth. The ferry service would not be possible without the public-private partnership we’ve developed with the Billybey Ferry Co. and NY Waterway, and I’d like to thank them for the years of outstanding service they have provided.”

Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Susan Bass Levin said, “Ferries have played an important role for many years in providing New Jersey commuters with an efficient, comfortable trip to and from Manhattan. That’s why we’ve made critical investments in ferry infrastructure – including the rehabilitation of the historic Hoboken Ferry Terminal – that will encourage even more commuters to leave their cars at home.”

In addition to reliable daily commuter service for 20 years, Billybey/ NY Waterway ferries have provided critical emergency service in times of need.

On December 11, 1992, a Nor’easter flooded PATH tubes and for 10 days ferry transportation was an alternative mode of transit for thousands of daily commuters between Hoboken & Downtown Manhattan.

Following the bombing of the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993, ferries successfully transported commuters impacted by the temporary closure of the World Trade Center PATH Station.

On 9/11, NY Waterway crews moved within minutes to the seawall one block from the World Trade Center and began evacuating people. By day’s end ferry crews had removed 150,000 people from Manhattan. Expanded ferry service provided a critical commuter link between New Jersey and Lower Manhattan until PATH service was restored in November, 2003.

In the August 13, 2003, blackout, when all trans-Hudson traffic was shut down, NY Waterway ferries took 160,000 people home to New Jersey.

Billybey ferries currently operate from temporary slips at the historic Hoboken Rail/Ferry Terminal. The original ferry slips at the terminal, which fell into disuse 40 years ago, are being restored by NJ Transit and the Port Authority.

In March, the Port Authority opened a new state of the art World Financial Ferry Terminal in Battery Park City. The glass enclosed terminal currently handles 4,500 daily passenger trips and is designed for additional passenger volume as the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan continues.

Billybey Ferry Co. also operates commuter ferry service between Jersey City terminals at Paulus Hook, Liberty Harbor and Port Liberte and Lower Manhattan’s World Financial Center and Pier 11 at the foot of Wall Street. There also is ferry service between Paulus Hook and Newport in Jersey City and Midtown Manhattan’s West 39th Street Ferry Terminal.

Thousands of Billybey ferry commuters save an hour or more in commuting time each day, the equivalent of a one-month vacation every year. Ferries provide comfortable seating in climate-controlled cabins, but many passengers elect to ride outdoors, experiencing the exhilaration of the trip and the breath-taking views.

Passengers’ biggest complaint is that the ride is too short.

NY Waterway/Billybey operates the largest privately-owned commuter ferry service in the U.S., carrying 30,000 passenger trips per day – 8 million trips per year – on 34 boats serving 20 routes between New Jersey and Manhattan, and between Rockland and Westchester counties, and between Orange and Dutchess counties.

For reservations or more information, call 1-800-53-FERRY or check the website, www.nywaterway.com.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009 2:32 pm

NY Waterway is a great service, but come on – the price is a rip off! $7.50+ each way – and forget it if you have to park at their lot(s). The Port Authority should have started their own competitive service and simple economics would have cut the price by at least 50%. As usual, some government bigwigs must be getting paid off or at least made a real sweet deal with the “Imperatore” years ago.

ps… kudos to the PR firm that came up with this fiction: “Passengers’ biggest complaint is that the ride is too short.” I would bet my monthly pass that their biggest complaint is the exorbitant price!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 5:14 pm

NYWaterway: the least government subsidized method of commuting to the city.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 4:03 pm

Free coffee and donuts? Must be a fare hike comin’

Reply to  HomeTeam
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 2:33 pm

they should serve a 5-course meal to compensate you for all the money you’ve put in their pockets!

In response to HomeTeam who said:

Free coffee and donuts? Must be a fare hike comin’

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