JERSEY CITY, NJ - Hudson County planners hosted a remote public meeting earlier this week to discuss concepts for future ferry service to help move residents via ferry.

Funded by a grant provided by The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), a study is currently underway to consider possible across the river travel from six towns. 

Saying that the study is only in its early stages, Kevin Force of the Hudson County Division of Planning reported that Hudson County planners are studying routes that include from areas like the Bayonne Newark Bay waterfront as well as Jersey City’s West Side on the Hackensack River, and expanded service from existing locations in Hoboken and West New York.

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Development planned for two large tracts of land along Newark Bay side of the city has local officials seeking additional means of transportation. Further development elsewhere in the county, including in Jersey City and Kearny, may make expanded ferry service feasible, relieving pressure from the beleaguered NJ Transit train system and the PATH service. The county’s study would look at the travel patterns to see if ferry service might be an option to those areas.

"A lot of this depended on where you wanted to go” Bayonne City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski said, adding there are a lot of details still to be considered. "Is this going to be a ferry just between Bayonne and Harrison, or to New York” she asked, adding that she’d like to see it cross the Hudson.

Bayonne is on the verge of establishing its own ferry service from the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor just south of Jersey City. Bayonne had ferry service to New York in the past, leaving from Brady’s Dock on the Kill Van Kull. “I used to take it every day,” Ashe-Nadrowski told TAPinto of previous service. “This stopped around 1997-98."

Of the 12 participants on the call, at least four were from Bayonne, and these talked about how overcrowded the light rail system is. “Even if the light rail gets expanded, the trains do not have enough cars and they would have to run more trains,” Ashe- Nadrowski concluded.

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