NY Waterway seeks state permission to move ferry equipment to Hoboken…

first_img× HOBOKEN — NY Waterway, the local private company that runs commuter ferries between Hudson County and Manhattan, has applied to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a permit to move a travel lift and two barges to its newly-acquired land at the former Union Dry Dock site in Hoboken.Waterway wants to use the land, which they bought in November, to repair its ferries, but the city of Hoboken has made it clear it would like to acquire the land for open space.Hoboken has already attended public hearings in order to fight for that right, and the city has said it may use eminent domain to acquire the property if it’s able to.According to a press release from NY Waterway, “approval of the permit is critical to NY Waterway’s ability to maintain its fleet of 34 ferries, which carry more than 30,000 passengers each day, including 2,000 Hoboken residents.”According to the release, two barges moving to the site have a total area of 21,456 square feet, compared to Dry Dock’s barges with a total area of 36,414 square feet which were removed when Union Dry Dock sold the boat yard to NY Waterway last November.“NY Waterway’s environmental impact on this site will be substantially less than the previous use, which was in full compliance with all zoning and environmental regulations and which existed on this site for 130 years,” said Arthur Imperatore, the president of NY Waterway. “It is imperative that NY Waterway have an adequate facility in which we can maintain our fleet, assuring our +99 percent reliability for our daily commuter operations and to be available in an emergency, when other transit systems are disrupted.”In April, NY Waterway plans to vacate its current maintenance facility in Weehawken, which will be developed as residential property.“The Union Dry Dock facility is the only location available on a move-in, ready-to-operate basis on the river from Nyack to Staten Island, NY,” states the press release.However, officials have suggested that Waterway use other areas, perhaps building a repair facility in Bayonne.last_img read more