GCT USA, Port Authority Break Ground for New Expressrail Port Jersey Facility

GCT USA and the Port Authority today broke ground for the ExpressRail Port Jersey facility (“Greenville Yard”). The facility will be a major ship-to-rail port project located directly adjacent to the recently expanded, state-of-the-art GCT Bayonne container terminal. This project will complete the agency’s more than $600 million initiative that establishes direct access to on-dock or near-dock rail service for all of its major marine terminals.

Designed to complement the terminal’s big ship handling capabilities and quick transaction time, the intermodal yard will have an annual capacity of 250,000 container lifts, or 430,000 TEUs. The intermodal facility – scheduled for completion in mid-2018 – will connect the Port of New York and New Jersey’s GCT Bayonne terminal to CSX and Norfolk Southern’s extensive rail network, reaching key inland markets.  The facility will support the port’s continuously increasing number of rail lifts and higher percentage of East Coast market share.

In line with GCT Bayonne’s Green Marine certification, the purpose-built ExpressRail Port Jersey facility will feature 9,600 feet (2,926 meters) of track serviced by high-efficiency, electric cantilevered rail mounted gantry cranes featuring LED lighting. Every container lifted to a rail car displaces the need for 1.5 truck trips.  Emission reductions resulting from the switch from truck to rail transport, over the life of the intermodal facility, are expected to total 415 tons of nitrogen oxide and 108 tons of particulate matter.  It also will eliminate 375,000 trucks from crowded highways annually and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 18,300 tons annually.

Construction costs for the GCT Bayonne near-dock intermodal facility are supported by a $56 million investment from the Port Authority. The funding will come from monies collected through the Cargo Facility Charge, a per-container fee assessed on cargo shipped through the Port of New York and New Jersey to cover the costs of critical road, rail and security infrastructure projects.

“As the port business continues to grow with the arrival of new, lower emissions, larger ships, it’s critical that we invest in projects to deal with the increase in cargo in a sustainable way, maintaining our quality of life,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye.  “This project will not only expedite the movement of cargo through the region, but will take hundreds of thousands of truck trips off the road annually, providing a significant environmental benefit to the region.”

“Given the highly competitive nature of the port business, shippers must be assured that the goods they bring here are smoothly and cost effectively delivered to market,” said Port Department Director Molly Campbell. “This project further enhances GCT Bayonne’s high-efficiency, ensuring that this terminal, and the Port of New York and New Jersey as a whole, maintain the competitive edge to attract new business for years to come.”

“Building on our proven experience as a world-class developer of marine and rail facilities, this partnership with the Port Authority will ensure that the most advanced terminal on the East Coast is complemented with an effective and efficient rail facility, increasing our big ship surge capacity and decreasing overall cargo dwell times,” said John Atkins, President of GCT USA.

“GCT is committed to growing our business in a responsible way,” said Stephen Edwards, President & CEO of GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. “By decoupling our growth from carbon emissions and reducing road traffic, the new rail yard will ensure our customers continue to enjoy best-in-class service with an improved footprint.”

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