Press Release Article


Date: Jul 31, 2013
Press Release Number: 77-2013

Growing ExpressRail business creates jobs, provides environmentally friendly way to move cargo

ExpressRail, the Port Authority’s rail system serving New York and New Jersey marine terminals, has achieved a major milestone by handling its 5 millionth shipping container since the rail facility opened in 1991, the agency announced today.

Through May, there were 5,033,047 cargo containers moved by the rail system since it opened on Maher Terminals as an environmentally friendly way to transport cargo other than by truck.

The 5 million containers handled by ExpressRail removed more than 8 million truck trips from the region’s highways. The air quality benefits from this reduction in truck trips are estimated at 4,400 tons of nitrous oxide, 88 tons of particulate matter and 480,000 tons of greenhouse gas.

“We’re proud of the phenomenal growth of our port rail business that provide shippers with a modern, cost effective, and environmentally friendly way to move their goods to market,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “This is just one of the many amenities our port provides to attract international shippers to our port.”

"This milestone is a testament to our commitment to provide our customers with 21st Century port services, protect the environment, reduce truck congestion and create jobs throughout the region,” said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni

The agency’s first ExpressRail terminal opened in 1991 and was operated by Maher Terminals.

Since that time, the Port Authority has invested $600 million to expand the original terminal to an 18-track facility that straddles the APM and Maher Terminals at the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminals. In addition, the Port Authority built a second lead rail track that allows trains to move into and out of the ExpressRail Elizabeth facility at the same time. ExpressRail facilities also serve the Port Newark Container Terminal and the New York Container Terminal on Staten Island.

In addition, the Port Authority completed construction in 2009 on a rail support facility along Corbin Street that can handle four 10,000-foot trains daily. A bridge also was opened in May to link the Port Newark Container Terminal with its rail facility on the western side of Corbin Street, which greatly improves the flow of truck traffic carrying containers to the trains.

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