Environmental / Projects / Transportation

To accommodate the increased number of passengers commuting to NYC by ferry, the Port Authority of NY and NJ decided to replace the temporary ferry terminal at Battery Park with a permanent one that can accommodate about 7,000 passengers per day. The new facility is outfitted with five slips, a 22,000 square foot passenger waiting areas, and concession stands.

In order to determine the impact of increased ferry operations to the community and neighboring residential and commercial buildings, Cerami was hired to conduct extensive analysis of the current noise patterns and conditions, and to ensure that the terminal remained compliant with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Noise and Vibration Assessment Guidelines and the New York City Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Noise Impact Guidelines.

Sound level measurements were taken over 24-hour periods at select locations of varying distances from the project site to determine overall impact from ferry traffic during various times of both a typical weekday and weekend day. Although the proposed terminal would essentially double the number of ferries per day, we were able to determine that the noise impact of the increased service would still be far below that allowed under the FTA and CEQ guidelines and that expansion of the ferry terminal would have no significant adverse impact on environmental sound in the area. This allowed the project to move forward as scheduled.


Client: Lawler, Matusky & Skelly Engineers
Project Type: Environmental Noise Mitigation
Cost: $50,000,000
Size: 22,000+ sf
Location: New York, NY

  • Conducted extensive analysis of current noise patterns and conditions to ensure the terminal could handle twice the traffic
  • Ensured noise levels complied with FTA Noise and Vibration Assessment Guidelines and NYC CEQ Noise Impact Guidelines
  • Won “2008 Public Works Project of the Year” by New York Construction Magazine