Officials say the opening of a new rail corridor will allow double-stack intermodal freight to flow from the Port of New York and New Jersey to inland destinations and will cut the number of trucks on nearby highways.
Officials from CSX, New Jersey and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Friday joined U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) to celebrate the opening of the Liberty Corridor Freightway, a major public-private partnership that provides expanded access to the Port of New York and New Jersey.
Enabling double-stack intermodal freight to flow from the Port of New York and New Jersey to inland destinations, the Liberty Corridor Freightway will increase train capacity, improve service levels and expedite freight flows to and from inland ports, according to CSA, which also says in a release that "the project will also help keep thousands of trucks off crowded highways each year." One Liberty Corridor Freightway train carries the cargo of 250 trucks, according to the railroad.
Construction of the Liberty Corridor Freightway was a logistically complex undertaking that raised the clearance of two tunnels in New Jersey to accommodate double stack freight trains. One tunnel, which dates from the administration of Abraham Lincoln, passes through over 4,000 feet of dense rock directly beneath Jersey City, N.J.