Date: Mar 28, 2001
Press Release Number: 46-2001
ExpressRail, the Port Authority\'s ship-to-rail transfer terminal at the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal, has achieved a milestone with one million containers handled since its opening, and daily cargo volumes at record levels, Port Authority Port Commerce Director Richard M. Larrabee announced today.
In 2000, ExpressRail cargo volumes reached 178,000 containers - up 12.1 percent over the previous year and a new annual record, Mr. Larrabee said.
\"We have seen ExpressRail volumes grow at a phenomenal rate, with more than 500,000 containers handled in the past three years alone,\" he said.
\"This facility has given our international shippers a quick, convenient way to reach millions of consumers throughout the Midwest, New England and Canada,\" said Mr. Larrabee. \"This type of on-dock rail service is an essential component of the Port of New York and New Jersey\'s continued growth and success, and allows us to handle more cargo while reducing highway congestion and improving air quality.\"
The 35-acre ExpressRail terminal opened in 1991. Operated by Maher Terminals, the on-dock rail service offers highly specialized straddle carriers, reach stackers and other equipment that allow fast, efficient transfer of cargo from ship to rail. Norfolk Southern and CSX railroads each operate one train a day in and out of the terminal. ExpressRail is so successful that Port Authority officials plan to expand it, Mr. Larrabee said.
\"We\'re moving forward with plans to relocate and expand ExpressRail to a 70-acre terminal that will straddle the new terminals being built for Mearsk Sealand and Maher, doubling its size, and providing the capacity to handle a half million containers or more a year,\" he said.
The new terminal will open in 2003. Other work to accommodate rail volumes in the port are either completed or under way. The Port Authority recently completed construction of additional rail tracks at the 13-acre Portside Yard that provide valuable train car storage capacity of up to 40 railcars for the railroads serving ExpressRail. Upcoming projects include the relocation of the ExpressRail lead track and construction of a bridge at McLester Street and Bay Avenue to provide a grade separation for the lead track and the roadway, facilitating better truck and rail access on the port.