As part of its ongoing commitment to provide its client base with state-of-the-art conveniences, the Port of New York and New Jersey has debuted another powerful online service, the Intermodal Rail Services Tool, said a release.
Via the tool's simple interface, users can input departure points and destinations for all ExpressRail trains inbound to and outbound from the port and its various hubs.
The tool displays a listing of all trains that make the specified run, including which service provider handles the route (CSX, Norfolk Southern, Canadian-Pacific Railways, or combinations thereof), any applicable cut off times, and departure times for trains on separate days of the week.
"We're pleased to offer this type of value added service," said Dennis Lombardi, Deputy Director of Port Commerce at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. "Our ongoing investment has allowed ExpressRail to become a signature success at our port. Our rail partners cover the entire eastern half of the U.S., all of eastern Canada, and points beyond. The Intermodal Rail Services Tool helps shippers to plan the movement of their goods to points anywhere within our extensive market reach."
In May of this year, the Port Authority's ExpressRail service surpassed 5 million containers handled since its first rail facility opened for business in 1991.
The Port Authority's recent investment in rail ranks among the highest in U.S. ports and includes three newly built intermodal rail terminals with a current capacity of 1 million container lifts per year and a projected capacity of 1.5 million containers by 2016. An intermodal rail support yard west of Corbin Street adds efficiency and capacity of over 70,000 linear feet of support track for both ExpressRail Newark and Elizabeth. This facility allows for the staging of inbound and outbound trains and provides sufficient track to build or hold four 10,000 feet trains simultaneously.
Two new working tracks at ExpressRail Staten Island will increase track capacity to seven. The Port Authority is also in the middle of engineering the Greenville Yard rail facility for intermodal access adjacent to Global Terminal.
Rail carriers CSX and NS have added service to Buffalo, Louisville, Nashville, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and expedited service to Chicago.