Historically New Jersey has been linked to Manhattan and Staten Island by ferries. With the advent of rail and trans-Hudson tunnels that historic ferry network was abandoned. During the past decades ferry service between Manhattan and New Jersey has been restored. Today trans-Hudson ferry service and service from Monmouth County, New Jersey have been firmly established. Those ferry routes have become very successful.
Exasperated with delayed trains and time wasted in traffic congestion, commuters have ardently embraced ferries. Travel by ferry is much more comfortable then the alternatives provided by trains, buses and cars. More importantly, ferry arrival times are more consistent because those boats are not delayed by the conditions that make road and highway travel so prone to congestion and delays.
For a fraction of the time it will take to plan, design and build a new rail tunnel additional ferry service between New Jersey and Manhattan can be operational. Very importantly, ferries provide the type of redundancy that is necessary during interruptions in rail and road travel.
A ferry terminal can serve as the center for a transit village. The fact that a ferry terminal can serve as a redevelopment catalyst for underdeveloped or brownfields properties has been acknowledged by several municipalities and regional planning organizations.
William J. Wolf of Bathgate Wegener & Wolf, P.C. has been retained by the Borough of Carteret in Middlesex County to represent it in initiating ferry service between Carteret and Manhattan. Because Carteret controls a significant portion of its waterfront, it is uniquely situated to provide ferry service as a viable alternative to rail and highway access to Manhattan not only to its residents but to travelers who would otherwise commute by car, train or bus. It is anticipated that ferry service will act as a catalyst for the redevelopment of the Carteret waterfront.
The Carteret ferry project is only one of several municipal infrastructure and redevelopment projects that Mr. Wolf has been retained to handle. In addition to the ferry project, Mr. Wolf is currently working on a municipal marina, airport and commercial redevelopment projects in Middlesex County and Monmouth County.
Mr. Wolf is a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, he has been designated as a Super Lawyer and AV Preeminent® for many years and he was selected to be listed in the Best Attorneys of America. Mr. Wolf has been certified, by the American Institute of Appellate Practice, as an appellate specialist.
by William J. Wolf
Bathgate, Wegener & Wolf