The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) Board of Commissioners approved a major redevelopment of Greenville Yard that will include a new ExpressRail facility, the fourth of its type to be built by the agency, that will support the adjacent Global Marine Terminal. This will allow the terminal to ship and receive containerized cargo by rail.
The board also approved a series of improvements to the cross-harbor car float system operated by NY-NJ Rail that moves freight more efficiently by both water and rail between New Jersey and markets east of the Hudson River, including New York City and Long Island.
The total program cost is approximately $356 million, of which PANYNJ will contribute approximately $320 million and approximately $36 million will be contributed by third-party stakeholders. Of the $320 million in PANYNJ funding, approximately $234 million will be reimbursed through a combination of federally earmarked funds, grants and the authority’s Cargo Facility Charge. Under the board’s action, the project is conditioned on the continued availability of the Cargo Facility Charge, which is used to pay for the costs of certain road, rail and common infrastructure improvements within PANYNJ.
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.
The program, when completed, will provide significant environmental benefits, including reductions to vehicle travel time, fuel consumption and a reduction in air emissions.
Certain off-site improvements to the freight rail network in northern New Jersey also will be made to ensure it is equipped to handle the additional rail activity that will be generated by the redeveloped Greenville Yard. In addition, Global Terminal will contribute approximately $15 million for the procurement and installation of rail-mounted gantry cranes at the ExpressRail facility. Once construction is completed, Global will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the facility.
“Striking a balance in freight transportation is critical if we are to continue the efficient, environmentally sustainable movement of people and goods throughout the region,” said PANYNJ Chairman John Degnan. “This investment will yield major benefits by providing new rail and barge options to meet the growing freight traffic in this busy metropolitan area.”
The new ExpressRail includes the construction of approximately 10,000 feet of working track, 32,000 feet of support track and switches and infrastructure to support rail-mounted gantry cranes at the facility.
The upgrades to the New York-New Jersey carfloat system include construction of up to two new transfer bridges at Greenville and related lead and support tracks; the purchase of two larger car floats, each with the capability of transporting 18 rail cars; and the purchase of up to four new, ultra low emission locomotives to replace existing ones that have outlived their useful lives.