NYC Seeks Companies to Supply South Bronx Marine Terminal Through Barge Traffic
According to officials, “the proposed project seeks to reduce truck traffic and to improve air quality, particularly in the South Bronx. The investment in a new marine terminal utilizes the region’s vast network of waterways, also designated as “American Marine Highways” by the US Department of Transportation.”
The Hunts Point location would take advantage of the nearby Marine 95 (M-95), Interstate 95’s waterway equivalent. The Hunts Point site is linked by the M-95 to other ports located on the East Coast,” officials added. “The recently created North Atlantic Marine Highway Alliance, which includes port facilities from Maine to Virginia, has begun to identify the port facilities that can be best linked by barge to New York City’s growing economy.”
“The I-95 Corridor Coalition, welcomes NYCEDC’s plan to develop barge service that moves forward the vision of the I-95 Marine Highway corridor, a network of interconnected facilities, encompassing the waterways paralleling and complementing the Interstate 95 highway and rail network on the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to Florida,” said I-95 Corridor Coalition Executive Director Patricia Hendren. “We commend the NYCEDC action to implement solutions that address growing congestion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve energy, and lower landside infrastructure maintenance costs.”
“Activating a new marine terminal in Hunts Point is critical to diversifying our freight distribution system and keeping New York one of the most eco-conscious cities on the planet,” said NYCEDC President & CEO James Patchett. “New York became the global capital of commerce because of our waterways; by reinvesting in this vital asset and moving more freight by barge, we are creating 21st century maritime jobs and ensuring goods reach New Yorkers faster.”
“In a city rediscovering its waterways for commuters through the amazing NYC Ferry, it’s time to rediscover our waterways for commerce,” said Waterfront Alliance President & CEO Roland Lewis. “Hunts Point, the City’s food pantry, is also one of the highest concentrations of truck congestion. Activating maritime service to the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center will eliminate scores of trucks every day, relieving congestion, improving the health of local residents and saving wear and tear on our roads.”
“SUNY Maritime is excited to see NYCEDC following through with its FreightNYC announcement to jumpstart a barge network in New York Harbor, and beyond,” said SUNY Maritime Captain Eric Johansson. “This will strengthen the industrial maritime economy of New York, combat roadway congestion, and improve air quality. The Hunts Point peninsula businesses will benefit greatly by having a new transportation option on their doorstep.”
The Request For Proposal issue by the city is part of the City’s Freight NYC action plan. “Released last summer, the plan seeks to create nearly 5,000 jobs by strengthening the City’s freight distribution system, reduce New York City’s over-reliance trucking, and invest in more environmentally friendly modes of transportation like rail and maritime,” city officials said.
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