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Harlem Rep. Adriano Espaillat is a champion of the Trans-Hudson ferry service

By NYC.gov

Last week, Representative Adriano Espaillat was joined by New York Waterway Chairman Armand Pohan on a tour of the future 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 are critical…”


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

“Water transportation provides an environmentally friendly transit solution for historically constrained communities and congested areas,” Espaillat continued. In line with the objectives of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, the proposed ferry service will reduce carbon monoxide and ozone emissions and particulate matter pollution. Additionally, congestion 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, Representative Espaillat and Chairman Pohan discussed federal involvement in 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; Yusef Salaam, New York City Council Member; 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 services along the Hudson River may also be able to dock at Dyckman Street and Riverdale, in accordance 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 northwest Bronx. Representative Espaillat was first elected to Congress in 2016 and is serving his fourth term in Congress. Representative Espaillat currently serves on the influential US House Committee on Appropriations, responsible for funding the vital activities of the federal government, and serves as ranking member of the committee’s Legislative Branch Subcommittee during the 118th Congress.


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He also serves on the House Budget Committee and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), where he serves in a leadership role as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI). Rep. Espaillat is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and serves as Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. For more information about Rep. Espaillat can be found online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.

Photo credit: HWM.


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