Big changes for the Monmouth ferry service

Barring a legal setback, NY Waterway is out and rival Seastreak is on the way to offer ferry services from Monmouth County to New York.

Here’s what you need to know about the changes.

When does it begin?

Seastreak is scheduled to begin service December 5 at Belford Terminal in Middletown and head to New York City.

What changes?

Not much for most commuters. Seastreak says it will offer 22 daily trips between Belford Terminal and the east and west sides of Manhattan.

Generally, the same routes and schedules are currently operated by NY Waterway from Belford to the West Side.

Seastreak ferries will also continue existing routes from Atlantic Highlands and Highlands to the East Side.

A complimentary shuttle service will begin December 5 between Atlantic Highlands and Highlands and Belford Terminal.

The new schedule does not include a stop in Jersey City, which was offered by NY Waterway. If that’s your goal, you need to find an alternative.

The full timetable and fares can be found here.

How much?

A first look at the fares listed on the Seastreak website shows that most commuters should save a few bucks.

Prices vary, but a discounted one-way ticket for Belford passengers only is $24. A round-trip fare is $48. That’s a savings of $1 to $4 off current rates.

A 40-trip ticket book is listed on the Seastreak website as $720.

Why the change?

For years, county officials were dissatisfied with the service options offered by NY Waterway. They say that the new deal with Seastreak will offer better options.

Monmouth County Commissioner Director Thomas Arnone said in a statement, “Seastreak will provide significantly more options for residents traveling to and from New York City.”

NY Waterway has been providing services out of Monmouth for more than 20 years. They offered a lower bid than Seastreak to continue the contract, but their bid was rejected when county officials claimed they were not given a performance guarantee to ensure service would continue in the event of financial problems.

A judge ruled in favor of the district in a lawsuit brought by NY Waterway. The company is appealing this decision.

Eric Scott is Senior Political Director and Moderator for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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