The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has announced the opening of a new Port Jersey rail facility, which is part of an ExpressRail system.
The new facility is the final rail facility in the authority's $600 million capital investment program that establishes direct rail access to on-dock and near-dock intermodal rail services at major marine terminals. The opening of the facility allows the port to advance its five-year goal to handle more than 900,000 rail lifts a year, the equivalent of 1.5 million fewer truck trips.
“Given the highly competitive nature of the port business, we need to assure shippers that we have best-in-class infrastructure and service in place to meet growing demand and to allow cargo to be moved in a smooth, efficient, timely and environmentally friendly manner to wherever its final destination may be,” said Kevin O’Toole, PANYNJ chairman. “With more than 75 percent of the vessels arriving in the Port of New York and New Jersey as their first call, an efficient rail cargo system can deliver cargo to an inland destination before the vessel reaches the next U.S. port, making our port a far more attractive destination for shippers. This project, and others we are doing throughout the Port of New York and New Jersey, will ensure that we maintain our competitive edge and continue our longstanding designation as the leading port of choice on the East Coast.”
“This port is a pivotal gateway not only for goods destined for the 27 million consumers in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area, but for the millions of others in markets within 250 miles of the port,” remarked Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “Expanding our ability to move cargo by rail is a smart business decision that ensures that we can continue to move cargo expeditiously through the port and do it quickly, cost efficiently and in an environmentally friendly, sustainable way.”
The initial phase of the ExpressRail Port Jersey intermodal facility consists of four tracks for cargo from the GCT Bayonne terminal that connect to a lead track to and from the main freight rail network. It also features two high-efficiency, dual cantilevered, rail mounted gantry cranes. The facility will be fully built by the middle of this year with 9,600 linear feet of an eight-track working pad, two lead tracks, as well as additional support and train storage track. The facility will connect the GCT Bayonne terminal to CSX and Norfolk Southern’ s rail network.
The cost of the GCT Bayonne ExpressRail Port Jersey facility is $149 million, including $56 million for GCT USA to build the work pads. The remainder of the project, including lead tracks and storage track, accounts for the remainder of the investment.