New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Administration, federal, state and local elected officials, and industry experts unveiled Freight NYC, a $100 million plan to overhaul the city’s aging freight distribution systems through strategic investments to modernize our maritime and rail assets and create new distribution facilities. Freight system upgrades have goals of creating nearly 5,000 jobs for New Yorkers and a more sustainable supply chain network.
“Freight NYC is an investment in our city’s future,” Mayor de Blasio said. “By modernizing our approach to shipping, we will create thousands of good-paying while keeping our streets safer and cleaner.”
In addition to investing in existing maritime and rail assets, the City will work with private partners to build new modern distribution, transload, and warehousing facilities, and to promote and incentivize the use of environmentally-friendly green trucks for last mile delivery. In total, Freight NYC will remove 15,000 vehicles’ worth of CO2 per year, ultimately helping to improve air quality and reduce asthma rates.
Among highlights of the initiative are upgrades to Manhattan’s infrastructure including modernizing rail lines and freight facilities. A barge terminal to serve the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center in the Bronx will also be created to allow produce and other food products to reach Hunts Point by water, rather than by truck. Constructing a barge terminal at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Sunset Park to connect Brooklyn’s consumer base to the new barge network are among extended details of the plan.
You can get more details about freight distribution upgrades HERE
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