Ferry service may help fill in for gap in PATH service on weekends
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JERSEY CITY -- The Port Authority will initiate a six-weekend pilot ferry service between the Paulus Hook Terminal in Jersey City and the World Financial Center Terminal in New York, starting March 29-30 for weekend riders who would normally use PATH between New Jersey and Lower Manhattan.

BillyBey Ferry Company, operating under the NY Waterway banner, will provide the service under contract with the Port Authority, with the service automatically ending the weekend of May 3-4 unless the Port Authority decides there is sufficient ridership to continue.

The fare will be $2.50 one-way, or $5 round trip, paid only via cash, credit, or debit card at either terminal ticketing booth. The charge is the same as the cost for a PATH ride and is below the typical cost of a ferry ride across the Hudson River. Children 5 years of age and under ride free. Riders can also board with bicycles, and will be subject to the ferry’s additional $1 charge.

Weekend ferry service during the pilot program will run from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and may be adjusted according to demand levels. Travel time between terminals is approximately seven minutes and ferries will depart every 15 minutes, beginning with the 8 a.m. departure from Paulus Hook. The last ferry will depart Paulus Hook at 9:45 p.m. and the World Financial Ferry Terminal at 9:53 p.m. One boat will be traveling back and forth between these two terminals.

The ferry is for PATH weekend riders as an alternative to service typically provided at the Exchange Place and World Trade Center stations.

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