Friday, January 2, 2009

Tunnel talk resurfaces

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey announced in November that it would complete the final environmental impact statement for the Cross Harbor Freight Transportation Project, a controversial proposal intended to take commercial trucks off Manhattan’s Hudson River crossings via a rail tunnel between Jersey City and a proposed train-truck transfer station in Maspeth.

The EIS is slated to cost $12 million and to be finished in 2010. The preliminary statement conducted by the city Economic Development Corp. in 2005 recommended a tunnel between the rail yards in Jersey City and what would become a new rail yard in Maspeth, where the freight would be loaded onto trucks.

Shortly after the tunnel plan ran into funding trouble in 2005, major wholesaler Restaurant Depot opened a branch at the property.

“The waterfront’s being revitalized,” [Tony] Nunziato said, referring to the polluted Newtown Creek. “Everything’s being redone, bringing industry and businesses back. What are we going to do? Try eminent domain? The land is taken.”


Maspeth rail tunnel plans resume: Port Authority

Why are we spending $12 million on studies right now to increase an unnecessary mode of freight transport when our current infrastructure is being allowed to deteriorate?

6 comments:

Taxpayer said...

"Why are we spending $12 million on studies right now to increase an unnecessary mode of freight transport when our current infrastructure is being allowed to deteriorate?"

Why? To pay off developers, unions, and the fundraisers who put these freak spenders into office to make those payoffs.

It's our money, so, who says that it has to be spent usefully?

Certainly not the voting public, who sits and pretends helplessness after putting the same corrupt liars into office time and time again.

graspthemoment said...

Hey... that photo is of the rail yards in Glendale, does this affect that in anyway?

Anonymous said...

gee, i dont know, how about getting thousand of trucks off the road?

Queens Crapper said...

Off which roads? It's going to put more trucks on the roads of Queens.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree that the study is a waste, the community doesn not want it.

So what you say? Rep Crowly want this project bad as it provides billions of dollars to dispense to contributers, friends and family - what don't you get about this project? It's like Atlantic Yards and Willets Point - very unpopular and unneeded, but they are give aways and rewards to those whom will kickback to the POLS when they retire or leave public office.

Anonymous said...

Maspeth, huh?

That pic is taken roughly 300 feet from my front door, and last i checked, i lived in Glendale.