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New rail facility at New York-New Jersey port seeks to reduce truck traffic

January 10, 2019 / Emma Cosgrove

A decades-long plan to reduce congestion on New York and New Jersey roads and bolster traffic at the states' shared port culminated Monday when service began at a new Port Jersey rail facility, according to a press release from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The ExpressRail Port Jersey intermodal facility connects the GCT Bayonne Terminal with CSX's and Norfolk Southern's networks, opening up New England and offering shippers a new option for moving goods from New Jersey to Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Columbus, and Detroit, according to Railway Age. The Port Authority expects the new facility to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at the port by 18,300 tons annually. Currently, 85% of containers leave the port by truck. Port Authority officials are eager to encourage more rail traffic out of the port to cut down on truck congestion and to reduce emissions since each container leaving the port via rail represents 1.5 truck trips. The Port of New York and New ...