BREAKING NEWS: Mayor Announces that Carteret has Received its Final Permit for the Carteret Ferry Terminal Project

CARTERET, NJ – Mayor Daniel J. Reiman today announced the Borough of Carteret has received its final permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers to construct the Carteret Ferry Terminal along the Arthur Kill.

“This is a great day for Carteret and the residents of our region,” said Mayor Reiman. “After years of inching forward and fighting bureaucratic agencies at every level, we can finally begin construction on the long-awaited Carteret Ferry Terminal. Soon commuters and others traveling to Manhattan will have a fast and direct route from Carteret, avoiding the high costs of gasoline and the frustrations of driving into the city through the tunnels or bridges.”

                    A Rendering of the Future Carteret Ferry Terminal

USACOE Permit Number NAN-2020-00040 grants approval for one-time construction dredging along the Arthur Kill River for approximately 19,500 cubic yards to a maximum depth of 17 feet. The permit also allows the Borough to install approximately 130 feet of bulkhead, a 40 x 40-foot pier with two gangways for passengers to access the ferry, steel pilings, bumpers, and a 200-foot-long wave screen. To see the complete US Army Corps of Engineers permit for the Carteret Ferry Terminal, visit

“I want to congratulate Mayor Dan Reiman, members of the Borough Council, and all those involved to make the Carteret Ferry a reality,” said Congressman Frank Pallone. “As Carteret’s representative in Congress, I have worked closely with the Borough to secure the necessary permits and provide federal and state funding. I am excited for the residents of Carteret to see this project get off the ground and provide fast, easy, and a more environmentally friendly transportation to Manhattan for work and pleasure.”

The Reiman Administration has earned over $30 million in grants from the federal and state government towards this project, including:

  • $2,213,833 from TEA-21 SAFETEA-LU Congressional Priority Earmarks
  • $5,037,000 from an NJDOT FY’21 Smart Move Program Grant
  • $6,000,000 from a USFTA-NJ 2017 Transit Ferry Boat Grant through NJ Transit
  • $1,000,000 from an NJ FY’22 NJT State Budget
  • $2,321,640 from FY’22 NJDOT Transportation Trust Fund for Dredging
  • $4,426,155 from NJDOT FY’22 Transportation Trust Fund
  • $678,973 from NJDOT FY’21 Local Aid
  • $750,000 from US ARA Sewer/Water Explain Extension
  • $6,000,000 from USDOT for Ferry Terminal Building
Mayor Reiman Today Announced Carteret has Received Its Final Permit for the Carteret Ferry Terminal

“Diversifying and expanding our transportation network with this ferry service is crucial to transforming life for Carteret residents and those in surrounding communities, whose contributions are important in sustaining our nation’s most economically productive region here in the North East,” said Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin. “With partnership spanning the federal, state, county, and city levels, it is a great to see this project get past its final hurdle. Soon residents, local businesses, and the regional economy will be reaping the benefits of this investment thanks to Mayor Reiman’s vision.”

Carteret’s ferry service will provide reliable, significantly quicker, and more environmentally-friendly transportation service to New York City, cutting travel times to Manhattan to under an hour, while reducing traffic congestion on the New Jersey Turnpike and approaches to the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels by getting more commuters out of their cars.

“The Board of County Commissioners is pleased to be working with Carteret to realize its vision of building a state-of-the-art ferry terminal,” said Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners Director Ron Rios.  “Adding this terminal will make Middlesex County one of the most connected regions in New Jersey, accessible by train, bus, highways, and in the near future, by water. As a Carteret resident, I’m especially excited to see the positive impact both economically and environmentally this new mass transportation option will make on our community at large.”

Additional benefits of the ferry include:

  • Providing reliable and significantly quicker and more environmentally-friendly transportation service to New York City;
  • Reducing congestion on the New Jersey Turnpike and roads leading from the Turnpike into the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels;
  • Reducing reliance on the automobile in a densely populated area well-suited to the development of robust public transit service;
  • Providing redundant transportation service in instances of an emergency or a catastrophic event;
  • Providing an affordable, accessible, and dynamic transportation system responsive to current and future customers;
  • Protection and improvement of the quality of the natural ecosystem and the human environment;
  • Retaining and increasing economic activity and competitiveness;
  • Transforming an area of environmental degradation into a catalyst for economic development; and
  • Accommodating continued population growth in Carteret and the region;

“Carteret is quickly becoming one of the most desired locations for commuters to call home,” said Mayor Reiman. “New residential and commercial opportunities, combined with our future ferry service, newly constructed Performing Arts and Events Center, upgraded parks, and stable tax rates solidify Carteret as a great place to live, work, and raise a family.”

The Carteret Ferry Terminal is part of Mayor Reiman’s vision to turn Carteret’s waterfront into a popular regional destination, which now includes a waterfront fishing pier, public park, a 185-slip marina, a future events center at the park, and a 2-mile Riverwalk funded through a grant from the Office of Natural Resource Restoration, a Department of the NJ State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

“Our nearly 2 miles of public access along our eastern shoreline, including our ferry, marina, events center, and walkway is a remarkable feat for a community that had no public access to the waterfront for over 100 years,” concluded Mayor Reiman.

“While all permits are now in place and necessary funding has been secured for two ferry boats –  the waterside and landside improvements –  we will continue to seek out additional funding for the intermodal terminal building itself, which would be the next phase of this project,” said Mayor Reiman.

For more information on Carteret’s Ferry Terminal and Waterfront Park, please visit

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