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?