A new 13 acre rail storage facility has opened at the Port Newark-Elizabeth complex, in New Jersey. The $5 million rail yard project, completed in six months was part of an overall reinvestment in rail infrastructure at the port.
Portside Yard is a rail car storage facility built to improve the flow of trains to and from Expressrail, the on-dock intermodal rail terminal. It has 12,000 linear feet of track providing capacity to store up to 40 double-stack rail cars.
As part of the plan, rail trackage will be removed, 12 warehouses elsewhere on the terminal demolished. This phase will be completed later this spring. The plan also includes dredging the port’s channels to accommodate deeper draught vessels, providing greater cargo capacity, and improving cargo flow on and off the terminals through rail, road and barge improvements. When completed, the project will yield 50 acres of container storage at the Maher Terminals.
The warehouse demolition, utility improvements and paving, together with improved rail and road infrastructure, are the first part of an $18 million upgrade that will provide a consolidated terminal for Maher and will allow Maersk Sealand expansion space.
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