The City of Bayonne is one step closer to building a commuter ferry terminal after receiving a $650,000 federal grant for a passenger ferry.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Commuter ferry service is a game changer for Bayonne and this federal grant is another step forward for our city towards a brighter future with millions in new tax revenue and an opportunity for our community to thrive,” Mayor Jimmy Davis said in a statement.
“I would like to thank Congressman Sires and his staff for their hard work in securing this grant funding. Our city’s future is looking better each and every day as we continue to move closer to creating the kind of city we’ve all dreamed that Bayonne could someday be.”
Last month, Davis announced that the city would be releasing a request for proposals for ferry operators in the near future.
The commuter ferry terminal plan is part of the current administration’s redevelopment of the former Military Ocean Terminal site. Meanwhile, a new Costco has already broken ground and new luxury housing units are also under construction.
Additionally, officials announced 2,700 new jobs in high-tech commercial warehouses last month.
“Bayonne is finally experiencing the kind of renaissance that residents have waited a long time for and I’m very proud to be able to assist in that effort by securing this grant to help bring commuter ferry service to the city,” U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) added.
“I have seen what kind of positive impact ferry service has had on communities like Weehawken, West New York, Jersey City and Edgewater and with the revitalization of the city being led by Mayor Davis and his team, Bayonne is a natural fit for this transportation option.”