Two ferry companies in New Jersey have shared nearly $11.3 million in federal funding from the Passenger Ferry Grant Program.
“Ferry service is a critical component of New Jersey’s transportation network,” said Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation and chairwoman of the NJ Transit Board.
ZThis funding is crucial in laying the groundwork for a future ferry system that is both environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Four ageing ferry vessels operated by NJ Transit/NY Waterway will have their diesel-powered propulsion systems replaced with hybrid technology thanks to a $7.4 million grant. In the future, we hope to be able to run them entirely on electricity.
Two electric driven propulsion motors, a battery bank of 150 kilowatt hours, and two smaller emergency generators would replace the vessel’s current main engines and generators. The lifespan of the modified ships is estimated at ten years.
It cost Monmouth County $4 million to fix up the Belford Ferry Terminal in Middletown. The money will be used to keep the building in working order and fix the docks so that passengers can board and disembark without incident.
Travelers between Middletown and New York City can hop on a ferry at the Belford Ferry Terminal. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it averaged 1,300 passengers per day.
Transportation Today was the first to publish Federal Transit Administration funding of nearly $11.3M to New Jersey for two ferry services.