Press Release Article


Date: Apr 11, 2016
Press Release Number: 52-2016

Agency issues RFP for firm to develop long-range Master Plan for the port, which accounts for 336,600 direct and indirect jobs; New planning work to build upon previous Land Use and Port Capacity studies

The Port Authority announced today that a comprehensive review will be undertaken of the Port of New York and New Jersey covering more than 3,000 acres of cargo facilities in order to better evaluate and plan for future growth, improve operations and enhance revenue and job creation opportunities.

The agency today issued a publicly advertised Request for Proposals (RFP 45736 for a planning consultant to develop a long-range Maritime Master Plan to guide future growth and development of the port for the next 25 to 30 years. The review will look at each of the port’s six container terminals as well as its auto, bulk, cruise and adjacent real estate holdings along with support services and operations. The review is expected to take up to 18 months to complete.

In developing the master plan, the consultant will use data and information from previous studies, including the 2014-2015 Land Use Plan and the 2015 Port Demand and Capacity Study. Once completed, it will provide the framework to maximize land use, ensure an appropriate diversity of uses, increase operational efficiency and provide for enhanced revenue opportunities.

Aside from the Master Plan initiative, the Port Authority already has taken steps to improve operational performance and efficiency at the port through the formation of the Port Performance Task Force in December 2013. The task force developed a series of 23 recommendations designed to 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 to and from the marketplace. A group of port stakeholders – the Council on Port Performance – was formed and is now actively working on planning and implementing the recommendations.

"Our port has been a national trendsetter in the maritime industry and continues to be the leading East Coast gateway for international shippers," said Port Commerce Director Molly Campbell. "To continue this positive trend, we must take a holistic look at the entire port operation and develop an optimum plan that will allow us to efficiently grow the business for decades to come following a record 10.4 percent increase in cargo volumes in 2015."

One of the consultant’s primary tasks will be to develop an outreach plan with Port Authority staff to work with and solicit ideas and opinions from a variety of internal and external port stakeholders. These include federal, state and local government agencies, neighboring communities, tenants, industry representatives, elected officials, labor organizations and the public.

The review also will explore industry trends and developments that could impact the port, and analyze the ability of the existing complex to effectively and efficiently meet future demand while generating increased revenues for the agency and stakeholders and increased economic activity for the region in a sustainable manner.

The selected consultant will be asked to conduct a market analysis and identify emerging technologies and potential changes in operating practices that could improve efficiency.

The review also will look at port capacity, the current tenant mix and whether the current structure will allow for future demand to be effectively met. It also will look at other unique strategies such as off-port support facilities, inland ports, expansion of the free-trade zone and short sea shipping.

Firms can obtain a copy of the RFP online at:

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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

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