Office of the Governor
Transportation Infrastructure Plan for Hudson County
(Bayonne) - Demonstrating his commitment to promote economic growth and prosperity in New Jersey, Governor James E. McGreevey joined by Bayonne Mayor Joseph V. Doria, Jr., today announced that a federally funded $3 million transportation infrastructure plan for the former Bayonne Military Ocean Terminal will soon be undertaken.
"The Bayonne Military Ocean Terminal is being transformed from the largest undeveloped piece of property in New Jersey on the New York Harbor into an economic engine for the creation of thousands of construction jobs, full-time and part-time jobs," said McGreevey. "None of this can happen without the implementation of a comprehensive transportation infrastructure plan."
"The City of Bayonne and the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) welcome the state's interest in finding additional ways to link the property by land and water to the existing transportation systems in the North Jersey-New York metropolitan area. This initiative provides an unprecedented opportunity for economic growth for Bayonne, our state, and the entire region," said Mayor Doria.
McGreevey announced that the state has approved the funding for transportation infrastructure planning, and engineers and consultants will be hired this summer. Proposals have already been received and are currently under review.
"In order for the development to be economically viable, new transportation infrastructure must be put in place, which could include pedestrian and bicycle walkways, rail service, and road access to the port," said McGreevey. "This planning project will serve as an example of how public investment in transportation can stimulate meaningful economic development."
Bayonne has planned for the former terminal to be developed as a world class mixed use complex including residential, office, commercial, maritime, light industrial, cultural and open space facilities. The project will offer unparalleled views of New York Harbor, and will give Bayonne residents the first access to Hudson River waterfront.
"By working in partnership with federal and local officials, the state can guarantee that jobs are created, investment is generated and that we are guided by the principles of smart growth," said McGreevey.