Area Development
Officials in the Big Apple unveiled the city’s Freight NYC project, a $100 million plan to overhaul NYC’s aging freight distribution systems through strategic investments to modernize maritime and rail assets while creating new distribution facilities.

The ultimate goal is to creating nearly 5,000 good-paying jobs for New Yorkers and a more sustainable and resilient supply chain network, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office said.

“Freight NYC is an investment in our city’s future,” said Mayor de Blasio. “By modernizing our approach to shipping, we will create thousands of good-paying jobs while keeping our streets safer and cleaner.”

“Freight NYC is one of the most ambitious re-imaginings of how 8.5 million New Yorkers, and the tens of millions more in our region, share, sell, and buy the goods that keep our economy thriving,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen. “It will modernize our shipping sector, strengthen our economy, and improve the air we breathe.”

According to city officials, in addition to investing in existing maritime and rail assets, the City will work with private partners to build new modern distribution, transload, and warehousing facilities, and to promote and incentivize the use of environmentally-friendly green trucks for last mile delivery.

According to a plan released by the Mayor’s Office, plans include; working with the Port Authority of NY & NJ, the City will invest in marine terminals and barging operations, and support the modernization and expansion of rail lines and freight facilities, creating approximately 900 jobs.

In addition, the city will develop a barge terminal to serve the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center in the Bronx, allowing produce and other food products to reach Hunts Point by water, rather than by truck. It will also construct a barge terminal at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Sunset Park to connect Brooklyn’s consumer base to the new barge network.

Underutilized rail lines will be revitalized by constructing new transload facilities within the existing rights-of-way and new passing lanes to alleviate track congestion.

Through public-private partnerships, the City will develop new distribution, warehousing and transload facilities to meet increasing demand, city officials added.

On July 20th, NYCEDC will release a request for proposal (RFP) for a private partner to build an Urban Distribution Center at the Brooklyn Army Terminal that is at least 500,000 square feet, estimated to create 500 jobs in Sunset Park.

NYCEDC will release an RFP next week for a 4-acre site near JFK Airport to develop an air cargo and distribution facility that will help meet the needs of current businesses while ensuring the efficient flow of airport goods and maintaining JFK’s position as a leading international freight destination.

The City, led by the New York City Department of Transportation, will encourage the deployment of cutting-edge and emission-free trucks on city streets for last mile delivery, which will help advance the Mayor’s goal of reducing 80% of gas emissions by 2050. Highlights of these efforts include supporting the expansion of the NYCDOTs Hunts Point Clean Trucks Program to other truck hubs and Industrial Business Zones. The program offers a rebate to applicants that replace, retrofit, or retire older, heavy-polluting diesel trucks.