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I think a lot this stems from people fondly remembering their car free college campus.If we all only moved in at the beginning of the semester, ate in the cafeteria, and lived close enough to walk to classes, I am sure it could work in NYC.
This Friday, January 23, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will be hosting the first of seven public hearings to solicit public feedback on ten alternatives to move freight across the New York Harbor.
The reason for the study is the current system, which is untenable. The lack of existing freight track infrastructure in downstate New York east of the Hudson River means freight must come in on a truck or barge from New Jersey or via trains that are rerouted 140 miles north to Selkirk, NY and then make their way back south toward New York City.
Source: Port Authority DEIS
CURRENT PROBLEM: SELKIRK DETOUR
More than 90 percent of freight crossing the Hudson River is moved in trucks. As has been noted time andtime again, large commercial trucks are a significant contributor to roadway congestion, poor air and water quality, and the deteriorating conditions of regional infrastructure. There is also a significant social cost, as trucks affect roadway and pedestrian safety and quality of life in residential communities.
There are ways to reduce our region’s overreliance on and the impacts of truck freight while improving the overall system of moving goods into and out of our region. Alternatives to the current system are being studied in the recently released Cross Harbor Freight Program NEPA Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Five of the “rail tunnel alternatives” being studied would create a direct connection across the harbor, allowing freight to move directly from New Jersey to Brooklyn and enabling goods to reach Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties by rail.
SOLUTION: RAIL TUNNEL DIRECT CONNECTION
Left Image Source: Port Authority DEIS | Right Image Source: Source: Cap’n Transit
This would be a significant improvement over the current system. Some of the rail tunnel alternative benefits are:
The public is invited to weigh in on all aspects of the draft study, including the alternatives the Port Authority will be studying further. 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.
Meeting locations, dates and times are as follows:
It appears that heating oil will continue to be competitive with natural gas, and thus continue to be trucked thru NYC to Long Island.
That is good to know.
However, I wonder how much the oil industry lobbied against this pipeline, and how many local trucks (from port to tank, to homes) this pipeline could have gotten off the road.
...natural gas doesn't involve trucks.
I was thinking in terms of the local oil delivery companies that are on Long Island.
If the additional Natural Gas pipeline to LI was built, I suspect that it would decrease the price of NG relative to oil, which would decrease the number of trucks on the road.
It would not surprise me if Amazon decided to start its own fleet of mini trucks to deliver merchandise from the Sunset Park Warehouse. Doing so might represent a cost savings over what it spends on UPS, and USPS.
The location might also allow people to pick up "missed deliveries" there, instead having to go to UPS and USPS.