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August 20 2018 | The Journal of Commerce 17 Top 50 Global Container Ports Cover Story Special Report city's "aging marine, rail and high- way infrastructure" goes by truck, and predicted that local freight volumes would grow about 68 per- cent by 2045. The city said truck congestion and delays cost $862 mil- lion in 2017, and estimated that the cost would rise by 31 percent to $1.1 billion by 2045. "A city with our robust water- ways and railways shouldn't be mov- ing 90 percent of cargo by truck," said Mark Chambers, director of tunnel, the other a rail-on-a-barge operation. Both projects are designed to help get cargo across the harbor into the New York City boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn, and Long Island. An earlier phase of the study concluded that the barge project would remove 600 trucks daily from roads and high- ways around New York and the port, while the tunnel alternative would remove 1,500 trucks daily. The city, state, and authority proposals, although conceived independently, focus on similar goals: how to expand the region's freight network to move cargo more smoothly from key transportation hubs without further burdening already-congested roads and adding to pollution. Outlining its proposal, New York City Economic Development Corp. said 90 percent of freight in the data from PIERS, a sister product of The Journal of Commerce within IHS Markit. And the port authority expects volumes to grow 4 percent a year in the next few years. Preparing for the future, New York City is looking to develop a container terminal in Brooklyn to be served largely by barges. And New York state in June awarded a grant of up to $21 million to CSX Transpor- tation to create an inland port at the DeWitt Yard near Syracuse that will be tied by rail to the port. In addition, the port authority — which completed a $1.6 billion project 12 months ago to raise the Bayonne Bridge, enabling vessels larger than 9,500 TEU to reach three of the port's main terminals — has commissioned an environmental impact study to help choose from two proposals for getting cargo across the Hudson River. One is a "A city with our robust waterways and railways shouldn't be moving 90 percent of cargo by truck." Proposals focus on expanding the region's freight network to more smoothly move cargo from key transportation hubs, easing congested roads, and lowering pollution.

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