Press Release Article


Date: Jul 09, 2014
Press Release Number: 146-2014

The Port Performance Task Force has scheduled three town hall meetings at which it will discuss and solicit public comment on the 23 recommendations contained in its report that, if implemented, would reduce truck congestion and air emissions in the Port of New York and New Jersey, improve customer service for truckers and other port stakeholders and enhance the flow of goods from the port to the marketplace.

The first town hall meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on July 15 at the Newark Liberty Airport Marriott, 1 Hotel Road, Newark, N.J. A similar town hall meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on July 17 at the Port Authority's Administration Building, 40 Western Avenue, Staten Island, NY. A special session for truckers only is being held at 8 a.m. on July 26 at the New York Shipping Association Training Center, 1210 Corbin St., Elizabeth, NJ.

The Task Force was led by Richard Larrabee, Port Authority Port Commerce Director and John Nardi, President of the New York Shipping Association. Five working groups were established – Intermodal Equipment, Drayage Operations, Terminal Optimization, Express Rail and Government/Community Outreach – to address a diverse set of concerns related to port productivity and performance. Senior staff members from the Port Authority facilitated each working group, which consisted of 10 to 15 industry experts from the port community.

The Task Force was created by the Port Authority in conjunction with the New York Shipping Association in December 2013 to identify challenges and examine broad long-term recommendations to improve service reliability and efficiency in the port. The Task Force also explored ways to address more immediate issues.

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