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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has approved a new Ship-to-Rail facility and major upgrades to cross-harbor barge service. [PANY/NJ]

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The Greenville Yard will be redeveloped and a new ExpressRail facility added that will allow for shipping and receiving containerized cargo by rail at Global Marine Terminal. Also on the roster, a series of upgrades slated for the cross-harbor barge-to-rail system that moves freight by water and rail between New Jersey and New York.


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PANY/NJ Press Release: Cargo coming on and off the Global Terminal today is transported to and from its final destination primarily by truck. The new facility will allow for transloading of containerized cargo from ship to rail, offering ocean carriers and their customers a more efficient and environmentally friendly option for goods movement. The facility will have an initial capacity of at least 125,000 cargo container lifts a year, and is expected to be operational on or about July 2016.

65th Street Yard in Brooklyn. Photo by Jim Henderson via wikipedia


In addition, the program calls for a significant upgrade to the NY-NJ Rail operation, which is owned by the Port Authority and operates the last cross-harbor car float system on the Hudson River. Under the system, freight is loaded on rail cars and the cars are moved by marine rail barge (carfloat) from Greenville to rail yards at 51st Street and 65th Street in Brooklyn, N.Y. Cargo delivered to Brooklyn is either delivered to local customers or handed over to another railroad to reach its final destination.

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The program, when completed, will provide significant environmental benefits, including reductions to vehicle travel time, fuel consumption and a reduction in air emissions. As a result of the projects, 1.6 million metric tons of carbon monoxide emissions will be avoided over a 30 year period, 142 million gallons of diesel fuel will be saved and 17.1 million truck trips on local roads will be avoided.

Read more from the PANY/NJ Press Release here…

by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee

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The Rockaway Ferry is due to cease operations in October. City subsidies have been cut and without the financial bolster, the popular ferry can’t continue to provide commuters the option of traveling by boat. Although the end seems imminent, local lawmakers continue to try to keep the ferry afloat. [Queens Chronicle]

Rockaway Beach. Photo by Malcolm Pinckney via NYC Parks

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is looking for an alternative to city subsidies. He penned a letter to the Port Authority of NY/NJ asking them to consider funding the vital transit service, permanently.

Passengers on a Manhattan-bound ferry from Rockaway. Photo via Queens Chronicle.

Queens Chronicle: Mr. Goldfeder sent a letter to Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, asking the agency consider the possibility of funding permanent ferry service between the peninsula and Manhattan, and possibly JFK Airport as well, through grants the Port Authority issues to communities affected by noise and pollution from airports.

Runway jam-packed at JFK Airport. Photo via Airspot

“Our families live in the shadows of JFK Airport and as good neighbors, I’m asking the Port Authority to consider supporting this critical service,” Goldfeder said in a statement. “The ferry service is not a luxury, but a necessity for our families and small businesses. It became evident after Sandy that we need to increase public transit options and improve our transportation infrastructure for our geographically isolated communities in Southern Queens and Rockaway.” Read more at the Queens Chronicle here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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