BAY SHORE - The Town of Islip has secured a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to rebuild the aging Bay Shore ferry terminal along Maple Avenue.

Peter James, of Babylon, is a regular ferry passenger and says the makeover is long overdue, with the dock area and parking lot deteriorating by the day.

"It is in very poor shape," agrees Islip Town Supervisor Phil Nolan. "This $2.4 million, I hope, will cover the entire project."

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) says the much-needed repairs to the crumbling dock timbers and bulkhead, and the sinking asphalt parking lot, will create construction work in Islip, but also will encourage more customers to visit nearby restaurants.

"This is the generator of jobs," Israel says. "This is why it's such a smart investment."

Construction on the project is expected to begin by early 2012.