NORTH BERGEN, N.J. — CSX, the State of New Jersey and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey celebrated the opening of the Liberty Corridor Freightway, a major public-private partnership that provides expanded access to the Port of New York and New Jersey.
Enabling double-stack intermodal freight to flow from the Port of New York and New Jersey to inland destinations, the Liberty Corridor Freightway will increase train capacity, improve service levels and expedite freight flows to and from inland ports. The project will also help keep thousands of trucks off crowded highways each year.
With the opening of the Liberty Corridor Freightway, intermodal freight can flow to destinations across the country via CSX. The Liberty Corridor Freightway will also ease the burden on the nation’s roads. Just one Liberty Corridor Freightway train carries the cargo of 250 trucks and emits one-third the nitrous oxide and particulate matter.
Construction of the Liberty Corridor Freightway was a logistically complex undertaking that raised the clearance of two tunnels in New Jersey to accommodate double stack freight trains. One tunnel, which dates from the administration of Abraham Lincoln, passes through over 4,000 feet of dense rock directly beneath Jersey City, N.J.
“The Liberty Corridor Freightway builds our partnership with the port and region by enabling us to more efficiently move intermodal freight,” said Clarence W. Gooden, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, CSX. “This project prepares us, and the region, for continued growth as a leading freight hub.”