“This is one of the final steps and approvals Carteret needs to construct the Ferry Terminal our community has desired and fought for,” said Mayor Dan Reiman. “The Ferry Terminal will provide Carteret and our region with an alternative to bus and train service by utilizing Carteret’s direct waterfront access to the Arthur Kill River.”
- 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;
- Accommodating continued population growth in Carteret and the region;The NJDOT Office of Maritime Resources anticipates the marine dredge portion of the project within the coming months with an anticipated start date of 2022.
“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 $13.25 million boardwalk and river walk 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.
Carteret has applied for and is waiting on final approval of a development permit by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which is expected in 2022.
For more information on Carteret’s Ferry Terminal and Waterfront Park, please visit Carteret.net.