Harlem Representative Adriano Espaillat Champions Trans-Hudson Ferry Service

June 3, 2024

By NYC.gov

Last week, Representative Adriano Espaillat was joined by New York Waterway Chairman Armand Pohan during a tour of the prospective 125th Street trans-Hudson Ferry Service.

The Service will connect residents of New Jersey and Harlem to Midtown Manhattan, transforming the West Harlem Piers at 125th Street into a major ferry hub. 

“… better connections for East Harlem residents is critical …”

The proposed ferry service, alongside ongoing transportation development initiatives, will introduce a reliable and affordable transit option to major employment centers like Columbia University and historically underserved neighborhoods like East Harlem. “Ensuring better connections for East Harlem residents is critical,” reiterated Rep. Espaillat , “especially during construction of phase two of the Second Avenue Subway.

“Waterborne transportation provides an environmentally friendly transit solution for historically redlined communities and congested areas,” Espaillat continued. Consistent with the goals of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, the proposed ferry service will reduce carbon monoxide and ozone emissions and particulate matter pollution. In addition, the congestion mitigation relief will reduce travel delays, engine idle time, and unproductive fuel consumption for commuters between New Jersey, Harlem, and Midtown Manhattan. 

During the waterway tour, Rep. Espaillat and Chairman Pohan discussed federal engagement with the regional transit initiative and were joined by senior staff from the offices of Representative Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05) and Representative Robert Menendez (NJ-08); Mark Sokolich, Mayor of Fort Lee; Michael McPartland, Mayor of Edgewater; New York City Councilmember Yusef Salaam; and others. 

The tour departed from Edgewater, NJ, and served the West Harlem Piers at 125th Street and the Pier 79 Ferry Terminal. Future ferry service along the Hudson River may also serve landings at Dyckman Street and Riverdale in accord with longstanding proposals recognized by local leaders, the Waterfront Alliance, and the New York Economic Development Corporation.

Representative Espaillat

Representative Espaillat is the first Dominican American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and his congressional district includes Harlem, East Harlem, West Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill and the north-west Bronx. First elected to Congress in 2016, Representative Espaillat is serving his fourth term in Congress. Representative Espaillat currently serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Committee on Appropriations responsible for funding the federal government’s vital activities and serves as Ranking Member of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee of the committee during the 118th Congress.

He is also a member of the House Budget Committee and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), where he serves in a leadership role as the Deputy Chair as well as Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI). Rep. Espaillat is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and serves as a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.

Photo credit: HWM.

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