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Paulus Hook Ferry Terminal

Coordinates: 40°42′58″N 74°01′59″W / 40.71611°N 74.03306°W / 40.71611; -74.03306

Exchange Place is a district of Downtown Jersey City, New Jersey that is sometimes referred to as "Wall Street West" due to the concentration of financial concerns which have offices there. The namesake is a square of about 200 feet long at the foot of Montgomery Street at the Hudson River which was created by landfilling of the shore at Paulus Hook and has been major transportation hub since the colonial era.[1]


A high concentration of Harborside Financial Center.


The first steam ferry service in New York Harbor and the world was established in 1812 by Robert Livingston (1746-1813) and Robert Fulton and travelled between Paulus Hook and Cortlandt Street in Manhattan.[4] The ferry dock stood at the head of the important highway to Newark (and points west and south) established in 1795.[5] The ferry in turn influenced the location of the terminal of the New Jersey Railroad, which opened in 1838 running from the ferry dock via Newark to New Brunswick. The railroad purchased the ferry operation in 1853[6] and in 1858 built a much-needed larger intermodal terminal. After acquiring the railroad in 1871, the Pennsylvania Railroad replaced the terminal in 1876 and yet again in 1888-1892.[7] Passengers could move directly between the trains and ferries without going outside (a similar plan can still be seen today at Hoboken Terminal). The railroad referred to the location simply as Jersey City, and if necessary to distinguish it from other railroads' terminals, as the Pennsylvania station.

It was probably the street railways, the local transportation in Jersey City, that first needed to identify the location more precisely as Exchange Place. Beginning with horsecars in 1860, the local network connected the ferry with neighborhoods in the city and nearby towns. An off-street terminal called "Exchange Place" was established in 1891. It was almost at the water's edge, across the street from the Pennsylvania Railroad terminal and with easy access to the ferries.[8] Cars with signs reading EXCHANGE PLACE could be seen all over town. In 1901, the privately held land was given to the city by the PRR.[9]

The Hudson and Manhattan Railroad opened its tunnels from Exchange Place to New York in 1910.[10][11] Significantly, the station was at first called "Pennsylvania Railroad Station", not Exchange Place,[12] but by 1916 the name was expanded to include "Exchange Place".[13] By 1926 the H & M station was simply "Exchange Place".[14] The Pennsylvania Railroad did not officially give in until some years later, but all the stations, and the neighborhood, were firmly known as Exchange Place by the 1920s.

For many years the location functioned similarly to Hudson Place, farther up the Hudson waterfront, as a terminus for the many trolley lines which crisscrossed Hudson County, as well as for those which travelled farther, from destinations such as the Newark Public Service Terminal, or the Broadway Terminal in Paterson. At one time more than ten lines operated by the Public Service Railway originated/terminated here.[15] The substitution of rail lines with busses, colloquially known as bustitution, was completed in 1949.[16]

Ferry services were also discontinued in 1949,[17] and while the Pennsylvania Railroad service dwindled after the opening of Penn Station in New York in 1910, it did not end until 1962.[18] Following the end of service on the Jersey City Branch, the remains of the large terminal were demolished, leaving a large open space on the waterfront. This and the elimination of other railroad passenger and freight yards along the river during the 1960s and 1970s opened up the land that would be used for redevelopment. The continued use of the name "Exchange Place" was based on the Hudson and Manhattan station (PATH since 1962) and signs on the bus routes that had replaced the trolleys.

Since the millennium, both a trolley service, in the form of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail, and a ferry service, provided by NY Waterway at the Paulus Hook Hook Ferry Terminal, have been restored. It is also the terminus for several New Jersey Transit and privately operated bus routes.


Pennsylvania Railroad Station


PATH service from Exchange Place runs east to the World Trade Center, north to Hoboken Terminal, and west to Journal Square and Newark Penn Station.


Three stations of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail in the district are Harborside Financial Center, Essex Street and Exchange Place, where transfer to PATH and ferry are possible.

Paulus Hook Ferry Terminal

Ferries are operated by New York Waterway.[19] There is free connecting rush hour bus service in Paulus Hook between ferry terminal and Grove Street Station for NY Waterway passengers.[20]

route destination notes
West Midtown Ferry Terminal[21]
Midtown Manhattan
Pier 79
West Side Highway-West 39th St
Javits Convention Center
free transfer to Manhattan "loop" buses
Battery Park City Ferry Terminal
at World Financial Center[22]
Hudson River Park at Vesey Street
Battery Park City
paid transfer to Liberty Water Taxi & NY Waterway routes
Wall Street[23] Pier 11
South Street
south of South Street Seaport
paid transfer to New York Water Taxi,
Liberty Water Taxi, NY Waterway, and SeaStreak routes
Belford[24] Raritan Bayshore
Monmouth County
via The Narrows & Upper Bay


Route destination major points
limited service

Newark-Ivy Hill

via Newark-Ironbound
and Downtown Newark

West Side
Lincoln HighwayKearny Point
Ferry Street/Raymond Boulevard
Market Street


Greenville Grove Street Station
Communipaw Junction
Danforth Avenue
Curries Woods

Old Bergen Road
Newark Avenue
Five Corners
India Square
West Side Avenue
Danforth Avenue

via Greenville
Grove Street Station
Communipaw Junction
Danforth Avenue
Curries Woods

regular service
Hudson County Correction Facility
limited service
Newark Avenue
West Side Avenue

Lincoln Highway
limited service


AM and PM peak service

Bergenline Station Grove Street Station
Newark Avenue
9th/Congress Station
Weehawken Water Tower

Country Village Grove Street Station
Van Vorst Park
McGinley Square
West Side Avenue
Danforth Avenue

Academy Bus[31]
Garden State Arts Center limited peak service

See also



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