NEW YORK, NY - Just one day after the Bayonne City Council agreed that they’d take a vote on the issue at their next meeting, The Port Authority Board of Commissioners approved the lease with the City of Bayonne for a parcel of property at the Port Jersey–Port Authority Marine Terminal, formerly the Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne.

The 10-year $2.6 million lease will allow for the launch of ferry service between Bayonne and Manhattan. The service will be provided by SeaStreak and is expected to begin in September.

“Expanding options for the growing population of commuters along the Hudson River waterfront is a critical part of this agency’s commitment to keep the region moving,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “Today’s action will allow us to take an underutilized piece of port property and partner with the City of Bayonne to support much needed trans-Hudson service connecting people to their jobs, families and homes.”

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Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis said that he is excited for the return of ferry service to his city and that the ferry “will provide a convenient commute between Bayonne and New York City, and will make Bayonne a more attractive location for commuters.”

“The return of ferry service is yet another sign that Bayonne is making great progress.”

“Mayor Davis and his team have worked hard to bring the ferry service to the Peninsula city,” Bayonne Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti said. “As you look at the progress that has been made at the former MOT, this ferry service is yet another example about  the positive future for Bayonne.”

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