Big changes for Monmouth ferry service

Big changes for Monmouth ferry service

With a authorized hurdle, NY Waterway is out and rival Seastreak is in to offer ferry service from Monmouth County to New York.

Here’s what it is advisable to know concerning the changes.

When does it begin?

Seastreak is scheduled to start service Dec. 5 at Middletown’s Belford Terminal en path to New York City.

What changes?

For most vacationers, not a lot. Seastreak says it would provide 22 every day journeys between the Belford terminal and the east and west sides of Manhattan.

Generally, the identical routes and schedules at the moment run on the NY Waterway from Belford to the West Side.

Seastreak ferries will even proceed present routes to the east facet from the Atlantic Highlands and the Highlands.

A free shuttle service will start Dec. 5 between Atlantic Highlands and Highlands and Belford Terminal.

The new schedule doesn’t embrace a cease in Jersey City that was accessible from the NY Waterway. If that is your vacation spot, you will have to search out another.

Full timetable and charges could be discovered right here.

How a lot?

An preliminary take a look at the fares listed on the Seastreak web site exhibits that the majority vacationers ought to save a couple of bucks.

Prices differ, however a reduced one-way ticket for Belford-only passengers will value $24. A spherical journey ticket prices $48. That’s a financial savings of $1-$4 over present charges.

A ebook of tickets with 40 journeys is listed on Seastreak’s web site as $720.

Why the change?

County officers had been sad with the service choices provided by NY Waterway for years. They say the brand new contract with Seastreak will provide higher choices.

Monmouth County Commissioner Thomas Arnone mentioned in a press release, “Seastreak will provide significantly more options for residents traveling to and from New York City.”

NY Waterway has supplied service from Monmouth for over 20 years. They underbid Seastreak to proceed the contract, however their bid was rejected when county officers claimed they didn’t safe a efficiency bond to make sure service would proceed within the occasion of economic issues.

A choose dominated in favor of the county in a lawsuit filed by NY Waterway. The firm is interesting this resolution.

Eric Scott is the senior political director and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. He could be reached at [email protected]

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