On August 15 the Bayonne Planning Board unanimously approved the city’s updated Master Plan, another step forward in the city’s efforts to continue economic stability and promote revitalization in the municipality of more than 66,000. The Master Plan, developed by DMR, calls for “station area plans” that will provide mixed-use redevelopment in the neighborhoods surrounding the city’s four light rail stations; revitalizing the main Broadway corridor; and addressing abandoned properties.
The task of reexamining the master plan included a multi-tiered public involvement process which entailed consensus building through meetings with a steering committee and staff, and three public workshops in which more than 400 people participated. An online survey was also conducted and gathered more than 1,000 responses.
As an extension of the reexamination study, DMR also completed a feasibility analysis for a private ferry system from Bayonne to New York City. This process was initiated with an online survey to determine the demand for a commuter ferry from the Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne (MOTBY).
The study used existing commuter and census data, socio-economic information, and times to determine the existing and future markets for ferry use. In addition to ridership projections, the study determined the number of stops and most likely destination to support the implementation. The process included research, census data, GIS mapping, online surveys, and on site interviews, as well as input from NJ Transit and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.