Statement in response to Governor Christie’s Greenville Yard announcement
May 17, 2010
Contact: Kate Slevin, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign applauds Governor Christie for urging the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to construct a barge-rail facility at Greenville Yard in Jersey City. By putting more municipal waste on barge and rail, the facility will reduce truck traffic and its associated environmental and economic costs.
Right now, New York City trash is transported through New Jersey via truck, polluting the air, congesting our highways, and increasing road maintenance costs. The Port Authority estimates it spends $30 million a year to fix the main conduit for trucks traveling to and from New York City and Long Island — the upper level of the George Washington Bridge.
The construction of a barge-to-rail facility at Greenville Yard could be a key cog in the eventual implementation of the NYC Solid Waste Management Plan, a plan that will take 360,000 trucks a year off of our region’s roadways.
We applaud Governor Christie for his support of this green freight proposal and look forward to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey moving forward with this important initiative.
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a non-profit organization working toward a more balanced, transit-friendly and equitable transportation system in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.