PANYNJ to review cross-harbor program’s draft environmental report at public hearings
The hearings will address the region’s need for more efficient, cost-effective movement of goods across the Hudson River and New York Harbor. The public comment period on the Tier 1 DEIS began Nov. 13 and ends Feb. 27. Input gathered from the upcoming hearings will help identify an alternative or alternatives that merit further review in a Tier 2 study, PANYNJ officials said in a press release.
The authority has proposed the following 10 “build” alternatives for moving freight across New York Harbor: an enhanced rail-car float operation; a lift-on, lift-off container barge; a roll-on, roll-off container barge; a truck float; a truck ferry; a double-stack, double-track rail tunnel; a rail tunnel with shuttle service; a rail tunnel with “Chunnel” service; a rail tunnel with an automated guided vehicle system; and a rail tunnel with truck access. The DEIS analyzed the 10 alternatives and a “no action” alternative based on each’s ability to capture a portion of the freight traffic now moving by truck and the potential environmental effects.