Tomorrow is the last of seven public hearings hosted by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to discuss the Cross Harbor Freight Program NEPA Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement. While this is your last chance to provide verbal feedback on 10 alternatives to move freight across the New York Harbor, you can still submit comments on the DEIS through March 20 by following the above link. The details for the meeting are:
- 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
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 DEIS. 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 this last opportunity 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.