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Original ferry slips will be returned to passenger service

April 29, 2005

When Hoboken Terminal opened for service in 1907, commuters bound for New York boarded ferries to complete their trip across the Hudson River. Today, State Senator Bernard Kenny and Hoboken Mayor David Roberts joined NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington to announce the second phase of a rehabilitation project that will return Hoboken Terminal to its original design, enabling trans-Hudson commuters to board ferries from the historic terminal building in time for the 100th anniversary of its opening.

With today’s announcement, NJ TRANSIT begins the bidding process for the reconstruction of the terminal’s original ferry slips, a critical element needed to restore permanent ferry service to the terminal. NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors is expected to vote on the project by late summer.

“Hoboken Ferry Terminal is a vital transportation organ to this region, connecting thousands of people to economic centers, entertainment venues and jobs in Hudson County and in lower Manhattan,” said State Senator Kenny. “I am pleased that NJ TRANSIT is moving forward with the restoration of this historic facility.”

“Hoboken Terminal has played a defining role in shaping our community,” said Mayor Roberts. “It is a vital transportation hub that has spurred our economy for nearly a century. I am delighted that NJ TRANSIT is restoring this historic structure to its former grandeur, but with modern amenities, to serve our current transportation and retail needs. This is truly an important project for both Hoboken and the metropolitan region.”

“Restoration of the Hoboken Ferry Terminal will continue to enhance the already rich transportation services that are available to the nearly 40,000 commuters who use the facility each weekday,” said Executive Director Warrington. “In addition to transportation benefits, this project will help to enhance Hoboken’s economic vitality.”

During the second phase of the project, marine construction of five of the original six ferry slips will be completed, as well as structural repairs, roof repairs, skylight restoration, and interior finishing work. In addition, NJ TRANSIT plans to build a replica of the clock tower that originally stood on top of the building. The clock tower will mimic the original 1907 design by artist Kenneth Murchinson.

The project’s first phase, which began last year and will be completed this summer, includes repairs to the terminal’s substructure and superstructure.

Hoboken ferry service was discontinued in 1967 due to declining demand, but was restored in 1989. Today, ferries play a vital role in trans-Hudson transportation.

About Hoboken Terminal

Hoboken Terminal serves approximately 40,000 commuters each weekday arriving on trains, buses, ferries, PATH, and light rail vehicles. The terminal, which is conveniently located in the heart of Hoboken, was added to the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 1973.


NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 779,200 daily trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 162 rail stations, 52 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.