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NYMTC Regional Freight Plan Task 5 - Preliminary Identification of Improvements and Solutions presented to Program, Finance, and Administration Committee presented by Cambridge Systematics Team July 24, 2001 Solution Categories Infrastructure Policy

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NYMTC Regional Freight Plan

Task 5 - Preliminary Identification of Improvements and Solutions

presented to

Program, Finance, and Administration Committee

presented by

Cambridge Systematics Team

July 24, 2001

solution categories
Solution Categories
  • Infrastructure
  • Policy
  • Operational improvements and technology
deficiency example poor connections to regional freight facilities
Deficiency ExamplePoor Connections to Regional Freight Facilities
  • Truckers complain about circuitous routes on local streetsand difficult turning maneuvers between terminal gates and roadways
  • Terminal operators require good access to be competitive, particularly for intermodal transfers
  • Rail, air, and marine carriers worry about the time, cost, and reliability impact on “last mile” connections
  • Communities are concerned about safety and quality of life impacts of truck movements on local streets
  • Planners stress the importance of good intermodal connections for economic efficiency
solution example matched to deficiencies brooklyn waterfront access
Solution Example Matched to DeficienciesBrooklyn Waterfront Access

Deficiency

Gowanus Congestion

Initial Proposed Solutions

Infrastructure – Create an east-west truck route connecting South Brooklyn and Queens

Policy – Allow trucks to use Belt Parkway

Operations – Use information- based terminal management systems to help dray operators schedule trips

solution example matched to deficiencies brooklyn waterfront access continued
Solution Example Matched to DeficienciesBrooklyn Waterfront Access (continued)

Deficiency

Limited highway exit and entrance ramps force trucks to travel extensively on local streets

Tight turning geometries at ramps

Confusing and cluttered signage

Initial Proposed Solutions

Infrastructure – Construct a new ramp to connect SBMT and 65th Street Yard directly to the Gowanus

Operations – Upgrade ramp and local road geometries to better accommodate common truck movements

Operations – Conduct comprehensive signage improvement program

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Solution Example Matched to DeficienciesBrooklyn Waterfront Access (continued)

Deficiency

Difficult operations on local roads due to passenger traffic and parked cars

Initial Proposed Solutions

Infrastructure – Consider direct ramp access

Policy – Strictly enforce parking regulations on major truck corridors

five functions served by proposal alternatives
Five Functions Served by Proposal Alternatives
  • Enhance intermodal connections
  • Manage heavy demand on regional infrastructure by balancing the needs of freight and passenger traffic
  • Remove constraints that act as bottlenecks in modal networks
  • Expand goods access to regional demand centers through improved freight management, operations, and infrastructure
  • Improve transportation options for freight users
highway proposed infrastructure improvements
HighwayProposed Infrastructure Improvements
  • Eliminate vertical clearance limitations that cause diversion to local roads (i.e., BQE)
  • New roadway links to major truck generators (i.e., Bruckner to Hunts Point)
  • Major reconstruction of Highbridge Interchange
  • New east-west connector from Brooklyn to JFK
  • Continuous service roads along major highways
  • Increased capacity at Goethals and Tappan Zee bridges
highways policy improvements
HighwaysPolicy Improvements
  • Allow trucks to use key parkway segments (possibly time limited) such as Grand Central and Belt
  • Further toll price management to influence truck routing and timing choice
  • Stricter enforcement of current truck routes and restrictions
  • Allow trucks to use HOV lanes at night
  • Encourage/require off-peak deliveries in CBD
highways operating technology
HighwaysOperating/Technology
  • Accelerated expansion of ITS
  • Geometry improvements at critical locations
  • Improved signage
  • Greater coordination between private logistics and public ITS systems
rail infrastructure improvements
RailInfrastructure Improvements
  • 17’6” TOFC vertical clearance program on major lines and access to intermodal yards
  • 20’6” EOH doublestack vertical clearance on major lines
  • Increased weight limits on select lines
  • WOH rail line and terminal capacity improvements
  • Increased EOH terminal capacity
  • Construction of permanent cross-Hudson freight rail connection
rail policy improvements
RailPolicy Improvements
  • Support the EOH Rail Freight Task Force
  • Monitor impacts of toll pricing on river crossings
  • Eliminate or reduce railroad taxation

Operating/Technology Improvements

  • Better coordinate passenger and freight operations, particularly on the Hudson Line
  • Revitalize cross-harbor floats
  • Restore freight service to Staten Island
  • Support Amtrak mail and express delivery
ports infrastructure
PortsInfrastructure
  • Increase availability of “Express Rail” style on-dock rail and expand WOH intermodal yard capacity
  • Improve connections to regional rail network such as Staten Island North Shore Line and Arlington Yard
  • Improve truck circulation and access such as Portway and Goethals twinning
port policy improvements
PortPolicy Improvements
  • Combat “freight sprawl” by adopting land use policies that encourage warehouse and distribution center development in the existing metro area

Operating/Technology

  • Use dedicated inland distribution networks to move port commodities through limited terminal space
  • Use information systems to manage terminal resources such as coordination of empty container supply
airports infrastructure
AirportsInfrastructure
  • Create east-west truck route from South Brooklyn to JFK
  • Improve Hudson River crossings to facilitate access to Newark
  • Develop truck ferry service connecting Manhattan to JFK
airports policy improvements
AirportsPolicy Improvements
  • Permit trucks to access parkway sections to reach airport facilities
  • Permit small trucks to use HOV lanes

Operating/Technology

  • Develop regional air freight service plan
  • Improve loading/unloading operations in Manhattan