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News » US » Central New York to get inland port » published 12 Jul 2018

Central New York to get inland port

Funding of US$19m has been awarded towards the first inland port to be built in the state of New York.

Acting transportation commissioner Paul Karas announced the award of the award of the state funding for Central New York Inland Port in the town of DeWitt, Onondaga County.

The development will allow for containerized freight to be moved between the Port of New York & New Jersey and the existing CSX rail-freight terminal in Dewitt. The aim of the infrastructure investment is to facilitate the movement of containerized freight by rail as opposed to large trucks. The reduced shipping costs and environmental benefits are expected to make regional exports such as agricultural products, metals and wood to Asia and other international destinations more competitive.

Funding made available for the project is part of a US$65m initiative established by Governor Andrew Cuomo to renew and modernize upstate port and rail-hub infrastructure. 

 “With the completion of projects by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to enhance shipping and freight capacity, New York State is now positioned to accept some of the world’s largest container ships,” said Karas. “Governor Cuomo’s support of the new Central New York containerized handling facility will reduce shipping costs and make the region’s exports more economically competitive both nationally and internationally.”

As part of strategic investment in the Central New York region, the state will assist CSX with the realignment and modernization of the existing rail yard at Dewitt to handle stacked, non-wheeled international shipping containers. Work will include installing new crane equipment and lifts; upgrading security and deploying technology enhancements to allow for International import/export services; and constructing new areas at the rail yard required for the stacking and handling of shipping containers.

CSX vice president of intermodal Dean Piacente said, “CSX appreciates the opportunity to partner with the State of New York on this intermodal project that will leverage the environmental and public benefits of rail to enhance connectivity between the PANYNJ and Upstate New York.  The state’s investment in this project will allow CSX to increase the capacity of our Dewitt terminal near Syracuse to support international intermodal service, creating a distinct competitive advantage for the state and expanding market access for the region’s businesses and consumers.”


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This article was published on 12 Jul 2018 (last updated on 12 Jul 2018).

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