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7/25/2005



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New York/New Jersey port authority to construct transfer facility



The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) recently broke ground on ExpressRail Staten Island, a $26 million ship-to-rail cargo transfer facility at the Howland Hook Marine Terminal.

Scheduled to be complete in first-quarter 2006, the facility will handle about 100,000 containers annually and feature five tracks that will be linked to the Staten Island Railroad (SIRR), which will transport the containers to the Conrail mainline in Elizabeth, N.J., which connects to the national freight-rail network.

The project is part of the authority’s initiative to re-establish freight-rail service to Staten Island. The authority currently is upgrading and re-configuring SIRR’s lines , which were abandoned in the 1990s and plans to rehabilitate the Arthur Kill lift bridge.



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