A Slow Barge in NYC

file000461767490Anyone who has ever driven through New York City understands that that the traffic can be unbearable at times. It makes sense for officials in the City who want to ease these congested roads and bridges by ensuring less freight trucks travel on those modes of transportation. Therefore, it is imperative that New York City expands intermodal. Freight forwarders support this. The problem is getting cargo from the harbor in Jersey City across the Hudson to Long Island.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey conducted their opening phase of a study to expand these shipping options. It turns out that a 4-mile underwater rail tunnel would cost way too much. However, there is an already existing option that costs less: a barge.

Currently, there is a rail-barge (also known as a float-barge) that ships cargo from New Jersey to Brooklyn. Although the barge may seem outdated, and travels less than 10 miles per hour, this slow form of transportation could actually cut down on some expenses for shipping. Right now, there are two barges each way on weekdays. And in Brooklyn, the barges can connect with new rails to move freight throughout Long Island.

A barge in New York City can truly expand the freight shipping options available for the companies there. It is amazing that in the 21st century, a barge might actually be the best option on the table for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Keep an eye out for more information regarding this subject.

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