New Port Imperial Ferry in Weehawken ...

New Port Imperial Ferry in Weehawken is not Pedestrian or Bike Friendly

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Brooklyn, NY

#1 Jun 1, 2006
I had the opportunity to use the new Ferry facilities in Weehawken last week and I have to state how disappointed I am. First of all, the Ferry is difficult to get to by walking. If I don't want to use the winding, often desolate road leading to the overpass that connects to the old ferry area, there's an extremely long set of stairs leading down the bluff. These stairs are supposed to be for residents who live beyond Boulevard East who don't drive but often they are used by local teenagers as a hang out or a health/fitness exercise by countless people without a gym membership. Most people are winded by the time they get down or up all those flights and in cold weather they tend to ice over-- NOT SAFE. Second, the Ferry area is an accident waiting to happen as there are no lights, a few stop signs and vehicles coming in & out in different directions. To make matters worse, ducks still live in this area which make it difficult to circumvent the tiny sidewalks because the ducks hiss if they think you get "too" close. Friday afternoon, I had to stand in traffic on River Road because an entire duck family was slowly crossing and traffic was flying through..
Third, I decided to ride my bike down to the Ferry and take it across with me to NYC. Not only was I told that Ferry prices were going up to $6 bucks one way, I was also told there was $1 fee just to bring my bike on board-- and I had to STAND in a designated waiting area for people with bikes instead of sit comfortably throughout my ride. I was angry and very disappointed.

$12 round trip +$2 for bike=$14.
Seems ridiculous to me for one afternoon of biking.
I won't be using the Ferry system if it doesn't improve.
Does anyone else have opinions about the new Ferry?

Stamford, CT

#2 Aug 1, 2007
stop whining.
any idea -

Teaneck, NJ

#4 Jan 5, 2008
what's happening with the stairs and the walkway from the cliff to the Port Imperial light rail and subsequently to the ferry? Project started over a year ago and it's never been completed. no work going on there either.

Elizabeth, NJ

#5 Jul 9, 2008
i agree!

United States

#6 Aug 31, 2008
I like the Ferry. The fact that you have to stand for the entire 6 minute ride with your bike shouldn't be a big deal. How are you able to ride your bike if you can't even stand for 6 minutes?

Jersey City, NJ

#7 Oct 21, 2008
stop complaining, noone is ever satisfied with anything these days. Find a better way to get to nyc, its not enough that its right across the river for you, huh? everyone else has a longer commute then you do for god sakes. Ive lived in weehawken my whole life and you never see me complain not once! the only complain i have is that everything has to be altered for people like you who are always whining, be graceful for what you got or change the way you live, not everyone elses.

Alexandria, VA

#8 Mar 24, 2009
Can anyone comment on how easy or difficult it is to get onto the Manhattan greenway via bike once you've landed at the 39th street terminal coming from the Weehawken terminal?
Rick from Hoboken

Pleasantville, NY

#9 Apr 27, 2009
metak8 wrote:
Can anyone comment on how easy or difficult it is to get onto the Manhattan greenway via bike once you've landed at the 39th street terminal coming from the Weehawken terminal?
The Ferry drops you on the Greenway Bike Path.
Kelly from Guttenberg

Englewood, NJ

#10 Jan 4, 2010
Seriously, these steps are no joke. Who designed these steps? Anyone who thinks I'm whining needs to climb these steps. I just did, and its VERY dangerous. They are metal steps (which are horrible in this freezing weather).#2, there are no lights! If something happened to someone there - they'd die. No question. I just climbed it in the dark (7:30pm) and it was scary. I don't know who is responsible for these steps, but this is a lawsuit waiting to happen.
John From Weehwaken

Dallas, TX

#11 Jan 25, 2010
Completely agree on these steps - they are extremely dangerous and inconvenient to the ferry/light-rail. I am in very good shape and I get winded walking up and down those steps. Would love to walk to the ferry...but this situation forces me to drive.

Weehawken should look into finding better ways to increase foot traffic to the waterfront and the ferry from the cliffs. Better foot traffic from cliffs = higher real estate values = higher tax revenue for the town. It's something one might refer to as a "win/win".


#12 Jan 26, 2010
does anyone know what street on blvd east i can find the stairs?

Howell, NJ

#14 Jul 24, 2011
The stairs are at Pershing St, just below 48th St, Across from the closed gas station and behind the mex. rest.

Albany, NY

#15 Aug 12, 2013
Is it save to use the stairs at night? Are they illuminated?

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