New York Waterway has received a $6.9 million federal grant to convert two diesel vessels to battery electric propulsion systems and buy charging equipment to support them, officials said.
“Sustainability is one of the pillars of NJ Transit’s strategic plan, so we are pleased to support our partners at NY Waterway in advancing their transition to battery-electric power,” NJ Transit President and CEO Kevin Corbett said in a statement.
“I want to thank Senator Menendez and the entire Congressional delegation for their work in providing the resources necessary for these critical projects that continue to reduce mass transit’s carbon footprint.”
The project will improve service reliability, state of good repair, and improve air quality in the community.
“I’m proud to have secured this $13 million grant to provide the necessary improvements to facilitate South Amboy’s passenger ferry services, enhance operations at New York Waterway, and reduce emissions,” added U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ).
“These grants serve to continue bettering the air quality for New Jersey and New York families, expanding connectivity and access to work opportunities for current and future generations. Investments like this ensure Congress continues to work to create safer, sustainable infrastructure.”
Two grants announced today came through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Passenger Ferry Grant Program.
“This $7 million grant will ensure that New York Waterway can continue to provide reliable ferry service across the Hudson for residents while minimizing environmental harm,” noted U.S. Rep. Rob Menendez (D-8).
“I am proud to have secured the award of this grant, and I look forward to continue supporting environmentally-friendly commuting options in our communities.”
Editor’s note: This story was updated with a comment from U.S. Rep. Rob Menendez (D-8) on Thursday.