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PORT AUTHORITY APPROVES FUNDING FOR RAILROAD BRIDGE IN NEW JERSEY TO IMPROVE REGIONAL MOBILITY

Date: Aug 04, 2004
Press Release Number: 97-2004

In its continuing efforts to improve regional mobility, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners today approved funding for a new railroad bridge in Secaucus, N.J., at a critical location that is now known for traffic bottlenecks.

The Board authorized up to $30 million for a bridge on New County Road over Norfolk-Southern Railroad tracks. The bridge will greatly improve access for trucks and cars traveling to and from a new Eastern Spur Exit 16 interchange being built by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey said, “This project clearly illustrates how cooperation among public agencies can improve the quality of life for local residents, and enhance intrastate commerce at the same time. The Port Authority’s contribution, along with the New Jersey Turnpike’s $235 million interchange project and an additional $5 million from Hudson County for property acquisition, will add up to a better commute for residents and allow them to spend more time with their families.”

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “This project is in line with the Port Authority’s mandate to improve regional mobility and to spur economic development. It will greatly enhance the flow of commercial traffic through a primarily industrial area, making it a more attractive location for businesses to locate.”

Traffic on the stretch of New County Road where the railroad bridge will be built is frequently interrupted for extended periods of time by freight trains. There are limited options for travelers looking to bypass the area.

Construction of a new bridge – scheduled for completion in 2006 – will improve the movement of trucks to and from the Croxton rail yard and major highways.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system; the Port Authority-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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