PERTH AMBOY, NJ-Recent years have seen a slew of ferry operations spring up to service commuters between New Jersey and New York, all the way from Hoboken in Hudson County, to Atlantic Highlands in extreme eastern Monmouth County. The Middlesex County city of Perth Amboy is the latest–ferry service is scheduled to begin in about a year under a new agreement, returning service to the community for the first time in nearly 40 years.

The city’s redevelopment agency has signed a lease for nine waterfront acres with Lighthouse Fast Ferry, based in land-locked West Caldwell, NJ. The site until recently belonged to International Group Petroleum, which had turned it over to the city for possible redevelopment. Service will be provided from an existing ferry slip, inactive for nearly four decades, that was recently renovated by the Waterfront Association to Effect Restoration. A city grant of $1 million sparked the effort.

According to Lighthouse Fast Ferry officials, outbound service will make stops at Wall Street and East 34th Street in Manhattan. The company also expects to initiate special event-related tours.

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