Port Authority and GCT USA Mark Completion of GCT Bayonne ExpressRail Port Jersey Ship-to-Rail Facility
New $149 million intermodal rail facility at GCT Bayonne is the final component of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s $600 million investment in intermodal port rail
The Port Authority and GCT USA today announced the completion of the final piece of the Port of New York and New Jersey’s port intermodal rail network: GCT Bayonne ExpressRail Port Jersey. The new rail facility in Port Jersey allows for the movement of containerized cargo more efficiently, at lower cost, and in an environmentally-friendly manner. While trucks move 85 percent of all containers in the port today, ExpressRail facilities reduce the port’s historical heavy reliance on trucks to transport cargo. With the equivalent of 1.5 million fewer truck trips traveling through local roads, the ExpressRail network greatly reduces congestion and enhances air quality in the region.
“The port has been the lifeblood of the New York-New Jersey regional economy for decades, and completion of this intermodal rail project will only help to bolster our already strong position in attracting international cargo destined for the northeast region and beyond,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “We are committed to continuing our investments in infrastructure that will ensure continued cargo growth and the economic activity that results from it.”
“The billions of dollars the Port Authority has invested in the port over the past two decades, including the deepening of port channels to 50 feet, the raising of the Bayonne Bridge, and the full buildout of the port’s rail network are today paying major dividends with cargo volumes at all-time record levels,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “Our priority is to continue the unprecedented growth our port has experienced in the past year and to do so in a competitive, efficient, sustainable way.”
“Complementing the most advanced terminal with the highest crane productivity in the Port of New York and New Jersey, the full buildout of ExpressRail Port Jersey provides GCT Bayonne’s customers rail capacity to grow in the largest market on the East Coast,” said John Atkins, President of GCT USA. “Supported by unsurpassed yard efficiency and upcoming full truck gate appointments, cargo owners benefit from first and last port-of-call advantage for their rail cargo.”
GCT Bayonne’s ondock intermodal facility supports the port’s cargo growth and has an annual capacity of 250,000 container lifts. Connecting to CSX and Norfolk Southern’s extensive rail network, ExpressRail Port Jersey allows shippers to efficiently and seamlessly transfer their cargo from ship-to-rail, reaching key inland markets in the Midwest, New England, Eastern Canada, and the Ohio Valley in a timely manner.
Served by two high-efficiency, all-electric, regenerative, dual-cantilevered rail mounted gantry cranes, not only is noise minimized but efficient, directed LED crane lighting reduces impact to neighbors while also enabling the safe movement of containers in GCT Bayonne’s intermodal yard. Every container moved at GCT Bayonne ExpressRail Port Jersey, eliminates 1.5 truck trips. Over the life of the intermodal facility, emissions reductions resulting from the switch from truck to rail mode of transportation is expected to total 415 tons of nitrogen oxide and 108 tons of particulate matter, or the equivalent of taking more than 45,300 cars off the road. It also will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 18,300 tons annually.
Construction costs for the GCT Bayonne near-dock intermodal facility are supported by a $56 million investment from the Port Authority.
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Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.
Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. operates four Green Marine certified terminals in two principal North American ports. Through GCT USA on the East Coast, the company operates two award-winning facilities: GCT New York on Staten Island, NY and GCT Bayonne in Bayonne, NJ. On the West Coast, GCT Canada operates two gateway terminals: GCT Vanterm and GCT Deltaport in Vancouver and Delta, BC. Visit www.globalterminals.com or follow us @BigShipReady to find out more about GCT.