New York (Whitehall Ferry)

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Whitehall Ferry Terminal

New York, New York

(November 1996)


The New York City Department of Transportation and the New York City Economic Development Corporation have proposed the redesign and reconstruction of the Staten Island Ferry's Whitehall Terminal in downtown Manhattan. The terminal was largely destroyed by fire in 1991 and ferry service has been operating out of interim facilities since then. The preliminary estimate of the cost of reconstruction is approximately $81.0 million. Currently, 60,000 people use the interim terminal facilities each day.


Preliminary design will begin in January 1997. Final design is expected to begin in August 1997 and be completed by May 1999. Construction is programmed to begin in August 1999 and will take 3 years to complete.

Through FY 1997, Congress has appropriated $8.68 million of Section 5309 New Start funds. In addition, under Section 331 of the National Highway System Designation Act of 1995, $3.5 million has been reallocated to this project.