The ExpressRail Terminals handled 338,882 containers over the year, an increase of more than 35,000 on the previous record of 303,032 in 2005. In the past seven years, the number of containers transported by rail from the Port of New York and New Jersey has soared by 113%.
With volumes continuing to grow at record levels, the Port Authority has accelerated its plans to expand rail infrastructure at its marine terminals. In 2006 it authorised construction of the major remaining elements of the ExpressRail Elizabeth and ExpressRail Port Newark schemes. These involve total investment of US$530m and are scheduled for completion by 2011.
By March this year, completed rail infrastructure projects, including additional track, will provide capacity to move almost 600,000 containers annually.
“Investing in rail at the port makes good business sense for the Port Authority and for the region,” said Port Authority executive director Anthony E Shorris. “In addition to rail, we’re investing more than US$1bn to deepen harbour channels, install new security measures, upgrade berths and wharves and improve roads leading to and from our marine terminals.”