In an effort to continue economic stability, the City of Bayonne hired DMR to complete its first reexamination study in more than ten years. The scope included updating the City’s plan to address numerous elements such as land use, economic development, historic preservation, housing and open space. The development of the plan included a multi-tiered public involvement process which entailed consensus building through meetings with a steering committee, staff, three public workshops and an online survey. The public workshops included more than 400 participants and the online survey included more than 1,000 responses.
The plan 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.
As an extension of the reexamination study, DMR 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 and socio-economic information 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, to determine the feasibility of the project. At the end of 2018, the City announced that they entered into an agreement with a ferry operator and ferry service is anticipated to begin in 2019.