Press Release Article


Date: Mar 20, 2003
Press Release Number: 33-2003

New $72.5 Million Intermodal Terminal Scheduled to Open in 2005

The Howland Hook Marine Terminal – one of the Port of New York and New Jersey’s biggest success stories – will soon become even more attractive to international shippers following today’s decision by the Port Authority Board to build a ship-to-rail facility at the Staten Island terminal.

The $72.5 million rail facility will be located on a 38-acre parcel at the former Procter & Gamble site, which was purchased by the Port Authority in December 2000. It will allow cargo to be transported by rail to and from destinations throughout the United States. Currently, all cargo is transported on and off the terminal by truck.

The Board also took the following related actions:

• Authorization to provide approximately $32 million to the New York City Economic Development Corporation to rehabilitate portions of the Staten Island Railroad, which will restore freight service between Staten Island and the national freight network in New Jersey.

• Authorization to spend $57 million to build a new rail freight connection between the Staten Island Railroad and a national freight line in New Jersey operated by CSX and Norfolk Southern.

New York Governor George E. Pataki said, \"The Howland Hook Marine Terminal is a major international gateway for New York. This project will allow the terminal to grow and add jobs, and will also take significant numbers of trucks off the road and improve air quality. To ensure the continued success of Howland Hook, we must provide the full range of services shipping companies expect from a modern marine terminal, which includes on-dock rail.\"

Port Authority Chairman Jack G. Sinagra said, \"Despite the economic slowdown, our port continues to be a shining light for the region. For that reason, we will invest $1 billion over the next five years in projects like this new rail facility to make sure that our port remains the leading destination for international shippers.\"

Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, \"Howland Hook is one of the port’s biggest success stories, and is a significant contributor to the overall activity in a bistate port that supports 87,443 port-related jobs in New York. To sustain this momentum, we will continue to make key investments in the Staten Island terminal to provide state-of-the-art facilities, enhanced rail access and deeper channels.\"

Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, \"The Port Authority is committed to improving productivity in our ports, and to seek new and more efficient ways to move cargo to its final destination. Our $350 million investment strategy for Howland Hook is a critical part of the Port Authority’s overall $1.5 billion port redevelopment program that will deepen the harbor’s channels, expand marine terminal capacity and improve landside transportation connections, including critical rail investments like this one in Staten Island.\"

When completed in 2005, the Howland Hook rail facility will be able to handle approximately 250,000 containers a year.

Construction on the Howland Hook on-dock rail facility is scheduled to begin later this year and be completed in 2005. The new facility, and the planned improvements to the Staten Island Railroad by the Port Authority and the New York City Economic Development Corporation will enable freight from Staten Island to be carried by rail throughout the nation’s extensive freight rail network.

The Howland Hook Marine Terminal covers 187 acres along the Arthur Kill on the northwest corner of Staten Island.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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