NY Waterway ferry fights Monmouth booting from Belford for Seastreak

MIDDLETOWN – On the verge of losing a route that it served for 20 years, NY Waterway officials said Thursday they plan to fight the decision by Monmouth County to award a contract to provide ferry service between Belford and New York to its competitor, Seastreak.

Armand Pohan, chairman, president and chief executive officer of NY Waterway, said his company offered to provide more frequent service and cheaper tickets than Seastreak. But the bid was dismissed on what he said was a technicality.

“We’re stunned, and so are the riders we’ve served these past 20 years,” Pohan said in a statement. “Our bid … was thrown out based on a technicality in which the county didn’t follow its own rules. That’s a bad deal for riders in Monmouth County, and we intend to fight it.”

Monmouth County commissioners voted last week to give the contract to Seastreak, another ferry service that operates routes among Atlantic Highlands, Highlands and Manhattan.

A NY Waterway ferry is seen just off the Belford dock in Middletown in this 2011 file photo.

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The decision comes as Monmouth County commuters have returned to their commutes in Manhattan after the pandemic forced many of them to work from home for two years.

Jason Bossick took NY Waterway Thursday to his job as an electrician in New York, hoping to avoid the traffic heading to the Shore ahead of July Fourth weekend.

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