by Jeff Smith
<BUMP> and relo to NYC: Progressive Railroading
RFP issued for Cross Harbor Freight Movement ProjectADMIN NOTE: I merged in a bunch of threads from across three forums: NYS Railfan, New York Atlantic Rail/NYNJ Rail, and this NYC forum. Since the NYC Subway forum has been merged with PATH, and this would fall within PATH's purview (it was the original reason for the creation of PATH, after all), I figure it belongs here, even though this is primarily a passenger forum. NYNJ and NYAR are primarily freight OPERATORS, while this project's operator is not determined, and the tunnel would likely be built by PATH. Because I know the argument logically flows to Gateway, then, and PATH being the "aggregator" on that project, that tunnel would definitely be operated by Amtrak, even if PATH has some oversight.
The tunnel would connect an existing rail yard in the Greenville area of Jersey City, N.J., to existing rail infrastructure in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) issued the RFP, and has committed up to $35 million for the study and has available up to another $35 million for further design and engineering.
Trucks transport 90 percent of the freight, while rail handles 2 percent to 3 percent. Most freight arrives by rail at points west of New York City and relies on trucks to reach its final destinations. The new freight-rail tunnel would remove 1,800 trucks from New York Harbor crossings per day or a half million trucks per year, Cuomo administration officials said.
The PANYNJ and Federal Highway Administration completed the Tier I study in 2014, with the record of decision issued in 2016.