The one upside to the severe weather of the past few weeks is that there are still three more opportunities to voice your thoughts about the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s Cross Harbor Freight Program. There are two more public hearings today and one more next week to solicit public feedback on ten alternatives to move freight across the New York Harbor.
Alternatives to the current system—which moves more than 90 percent of the region’s freight by truck, contributing to myriad local and regional issues—are being studied in the Cross Harbor Freight Program NEPA Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Five of the “rail tunnel alternatives” being studied would create a direct rail connection across the harbor, allowing freight to move directly from New Jersey to Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties by rail instead of trucks.
The public is invited to weigh in on all aspects of the draft study, including the alternatives the Port Authority will be studying further. Don’t miss these last opportunities to make your voice heard in support of the Cross Harbor Rail Freight Tunnel alternatives, which would be a quadruple win to reduce the economic, environmental, transportation, and societal costs of our truck-dependent freight system:
- Thursday, February 26, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (rescheduled from February 10)
North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, One Newark Center, 17th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102
- Thursday, February 26, 2015, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (rescheduled from February 10)
Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center, 140 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305
- Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (rescheduled from January 29)
Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Boulevard, Room 23, Kew Gardens, NY 11415