The Port Authority of New York/New Jersey and Global Container Terminals (GCT) have started construction of a ship-to-rail port facility adjacent to the recently expanded GCT Bayonne container terminal.
The ExpressRail Port Jersey facility, or Greenville Yard, which is scheduled for completion in mid-2018, will link GCT Bayonne terminal to CSX and Norfolk Southern’s rail network to reach key inland markets.
The intermodal yard, which is designed to complement the terminal’s capabilities, will have an annual capacity of 430,000 teu and 250,000 container lifts.
The new facility completes the port authority’s US$600m project to establish direct access to on-dock and near-dock rail service for its major marine terminals.
The ExpressRail Port Jersey facility will feature 2,926 m of track serviced by high-efficiency, electric cantilevered rail mounted gantry cranes equipped with light-emitting diode (LED) lighting.
According to the companies, every container lifted to a rail car replaces 1.5 truck trips, with emissions reductions expected to total 415 tons of nitrogen oxide and 108 tons of particulate matter over the life of the facility thanks to the switch from truck to rail transport.
The new yard is also set to lead to the elimination of 375,000 trucks from highways per year and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 18,300 tons annually.
The costs to build the facility are supported by a US$56m investment from the port authority, with funding coming from monies collected through the Cargo Facility Charge, a per-container fee assessed on cargo shipped through the port to invest in critical road, rail and security infrastructure projects.
The port authority’s executive director Pat Foye said: “This project will not only expedite the movement of cargo through the region, but will take hundreds of thousands of truck trips off the road annually, providing a significant environmental benefit to the region.”