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NJ TRANSIT SETS PUBLIC HEARING FOR WEEHAWKEN FERRY TERMINAL

NEWARK, NJ, August 8, 2003 - NJ TRANSIT will hold a public hearing for comments on the Environmental Assessment of the Port Imperial Inter-modal Ferry Terminal.

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration, New Jersey Department of Transportation and NJ TRANSIT are proposing to construct a new state-of-the-art ferry terminal in Weehawken, about 1,500 feet north of the existing ferry terminal. The relocation would link ferry service with Hudson-Bergen Light Rail’s northernmost waterfront station, which is now under construction.

Key project elements include:

Construction of a 31,000-square-foot terminal.

Construction of a platform to support the terminal.

Installation of vessel mooring facilities for loading and unloading passengers.

Dredging of 150,000 cubic yards of Hudson River sediment with upland management of sediments.

Creation of a wetland/estuary garden.

The Environmental Assessment examines the social-economic, transportation and environmental impacts associated with relocating the existing New York Waterway ferry operation from its current location near Pershing Road. The alternatives examined include the “No Build Alternative” and a “Build” alternative incorporating designs for the terminal structure, supporting marine platform, estuary garden, waterfront pedestrian walkway, dredging and disposal alternatives.

NJ TRANSIT will hold the August 11 hearing from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sheraton Suites at Lincoln Harbor, 500 Harbor Boulevard, Weehawken. The hearing will be extended if the allotted time is not sufficient to accommodate all public comments.

The Environmental Assessment is available at the following locations for public review:

Township of Weehawken, Public Library, 49 Hauxhurst Avenue, Weehawken, N.J.

Hudson County Administration Building, 595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, N.J.

Weehawken Municipal Building, 400 Park Avenue, Weehawken, N.J.

N.J. TRANSIT Corporate Headquarters, Steven M. Jurow, 973-491-7210.

N.J. Department of Transportation, Richard J. Gimello, 609-538-4913

U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, David Hawk, 609-637-4213.

All public comments are welcomed until the close of the 30-day comment period on August 26, 2003.

Any written comments should be sent to: Mr. David Hawk, Program Operations Director, Federal Highway Administration, 840 Bear Tavern Road, Suite 310, West Trenton, N.J. 08628—1019. Comments may be sent by email to ferryterminal@njtransit.com for receipt no later than midnight August 26, 2003. All written comments should be legible and include your name (individual/or organization) and address.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing bus, rail and light rail services for 752,600 daily trips on 238 bus routes, two light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 160 rail stations, 28 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.