New ferry ready for service between New Jersey and New York

A new ferry soon will be carrying commuters between New Jersey and New York City

New ferry ready for service between New Jersey and New York

New ferry ready for service between New Jersey and New York (8/24/16)

WEEHAWKEN, N.J. - (AP) -- A new ferry soon will be carrying commuters between New Jersey and New York City.

New York Waterway's 400-passenger Betsy Ross is open for inspection Wednesday at the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal in Weehawken. The Betsy Ross will go into service on Sept. 1.

The 109-foot vessel has climate-controlled cabins and heated handrails. A marble bar serves coffee in the morning and cocktails in the afternoon.

The ferry's sister ship, Molly Pitcher, began service last year carrying commuters from Middletown to Paulus Hook in Jersey City, the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan and West 39th Street in Midtown Manhattan.

“We want to show our commitment to our loyal Monmouth and Ocean County customers, and to our partners in government, by providing the highest quality commuting experience available in the Metropolitan Area,” said NY Waterway President & Founder Arthur E. Imperatore. “These two great ladies, the Betsy Ross and the Molly Pitcher, are a demonstration that our commitment remains stronger than ever after 14 years.”

The Betsey Ross and Molly Pitcher were built by Yank Marine in Cape May County.

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