Following the recent Penn Station train derailment and subsequent delays during the busy weekday commute, NY Waterway launched an extra ferry route running from Hoboken to Midtown Manhattan. Now, NJ.com reports, that ferry service will become permanent starting in September of this year. The new ferry will run between between West 39th Street and Hoboken terminal according to NY Waterway president and founder Arthur Imperatore Sr.
After the derailment incident on April 3, PATH ridership swelled to over 60,000 a day, an increase of almost 20 percent. PATH added extra trains, staff and Port Authority police to help manage and move passengers. The emergency ferry route was especially helpful in getting riders to PATH trains at Hoboken Terminal, which already had some tracks out of service since a September 29 train crash. The added route operated from April 5-7, after which time rail service was restored, transporting about 4,031 people in two days.
“We have been considering for some time the need for this Hoboken to Midtown route,” Imperatore said. “The success of this trial by fire proved that the time to act is now.” Officials have said that the new route will be open to all passengers, not just NJ Transit rail ticket-holders.
NY Waterway currently operates ferry routes between Hoboken Terminal and downtown Manhattan and Wall Street. Details of the route will be announced this summer.
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