New York - Congestion is a challenge that is not new to the Port of New York and New Jersey, but it has taken on an added dimension of late. The introduction of a new generation of megaships create cargo spikes when they call on the port, while, at the macro level, the port saw a six-percent increase in cargo volumes in 2018, and volumes continue to grow this year. So, it is encouraging to see that the port has taken steps to combat congestion in recent months.
In January, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey inaugurated a major expansion of its ExpressRail system, the final rail facility in a network aimed at handling over 900,000 rail lifts a year.
The Port Jersey facility marks the culmination of a $600-million Port Authority capital investment program dating back to the 1990s that established on-dock and near-dock rail access at all of its major marine terminals.