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NYC Unveils $100 Million Plan To Overhaul Freight Infrastructure

July 17, 2018 - 11:00 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The city has unveiled a $100 million freight plan that would make use of the rails and waterways in effort to reduce trucks on the roads.

Currently, nearly 90 percent of New York City freight is delivered by truck and Freight NYC aims to change that.

"We're going to be bringing in more goods over the water and on trains. That means fewer goods traveling over the roads on large trucks that clog up our streets and clog up our air," said New York City Economic Development Corporation President and CEO James Patchett.

The $100 million plan envisions a public-private partnership in marine facilities to move freight through bays, rivers and estuaries to distribution centers at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, John F. Kennedy Airport and Hunts Point in the Bronx.

"Right now most goods come in on large ships and go to New Jersey. Then they get brought into New York City on trucks that come over the George Washington Bridge or through the tunnels or over Staten island," Patchett said. "What we want to do is get more goods over water and rail closer to the final user, so they'll be in a distrubtion center that's moden, located closer to the final user and there will be rapid distribution which means the goods come in, they get right moved out within the next couple of hours that means people getting their goods more quickly."

When finally implemented, Patchett estimated Freight NYC would create 5,000 jobs and remove 15,000 vehicles worth of CO2 per year.

The timeline for the plan is unclear.

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