Inland Access

photo of a freight locomotive at the On-Port Rail Connection

Enhancing On-Port and Inland Rail Connections

With the significant expansion of its ExpressRail system and enhanced inland connections, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is advancing its role as the gateway of choice for speeding cargo to a growing number of destinations in the Midwest, New England, Canada and beyond.

The Port of New York and New Jersey handles about a third of the containerized cargo that moves through the Eastern seaboard. The port features three substantial on-dock rail terminals, with a fourth planned for Port Jersey in the future. With over 60,000 linear feet of working track, trains that depart daily reach up to 90 million customers within 24 hours at important markets in eastern and Midwest locations.

Responding to growing demand, the port handled over 425,000 intermodal containers in 2013 - and still greater increases are projected for years to come. With support from our rail providers -- CSX, Norfolk Southern, and CP Rail -- we continue to invest in infrastructure and capital improvements. Today we have the capacity to handle over 1 million containers on the rail, and will have approximately 1.5 million at the end of the decade.

Future projects such as the planned fourth ExpressRail at Port Jersey-Port Authority Marine Terminal complement the approximately $600 million the Port Authority has invested to build and grow its ExpressRail system. Since ExpressRail first opened in 1991, the Port Authority has expanded its original rail terminal to an 18-track facility that straddles the APM and Maher Terminals. ExpressRail facilities also serve the Port Newark Container Terminal and the New York Container Terminal on Staten Island. In Summer 2013, the ExpressRail system reached a major milestone of handling its 5 millionth shipping container since the rail facility opened in 1991. 


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