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Posted 11/6/2012

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By Justin Ward
North Atlantic Division


BROOKLYN, New York -- In support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and in partnership with the U.S. Navy and other federal, state and local agencies, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is actively working to repair and return power to the Hoboken Ferry Terminal.

FEMA has assigned the critical mission of repairing damage to the Hoboken Ferry Terminal to USACE. This facility serves as an intermodal terminal for rail, light rail and buses, in concert with a ferry landing, and is used by as many as 60,000 passengers each day to travel between New Jersey and New York.

Working in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, New Jersey Transit, New York City Waterways and others, USACE officials conducted a joint site assessment survey Nov. 2. The survey revealed some of the pier and slips had been damaged, along with electrical transformers and the terminal building. Tubes for the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) train were also flooded.

Currently, USACE is providing power to the ferry terminal with an emergency generator, and the U.S. Navy has cut collars on ferry slips to allow temporary passenger loading. Authorities expect to begin operating as many as 100 buses on Monday.

USACE is also working options and performing an analysis of damage at the Hoboken Terminal Pier Refinery Download Point, scoping the mission and working options for contractor repairs.

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