PORT AUTHORITY & CITY TO PITCH STATE FOR FEEDER BARGE SERVICE TO NEW HAVEN
(1/16/2008) NEW HAVEN- The Port Authority and the City in partnership with a consortium of port businesses and the South Central Regional Council of Governments, is seeking to initiate a feeder barge service to import and export containerized freight at the Port of New Haven. With this intention, the City and its partners will deliver a presentation before the State’s Transportation Strategy Board tomorrow in an effort to secure their support for this initiative.
“Providing container feeder barge service out of the Port of New Haven would contribute toward significantly reducing the number of container trucks on Connecticut’s highways,” said Michael Piscitelli, New Haven Director of Transportation, Traffic and Parking. “The projected annual start-up container volume alone will eliminate the need for the equivalent of 81,000 passenger cars and 7 million miles traveled on some of the State’s most congested highways. This presents a relief to commuters and to the environment.”
The creation of a feeder barge service in New Haven would also provide a gateway for the development of distribution centers and logistics companies, an industry that has more than doubled in size across the nation’s port terminals in the last 10 years. The Port of New Haven, the largest deepwater port in the State, is ranked 51st among all U.S. ports for total trade. Implementation of the feeder barge service would increase trade at the Port resulting in expanded maritime industrial employment opportunities for the region’s residents, increased development of the port-related economy and provide the landside and waterside public infrastructure to support further growth of the industrial harbor.
“New Haven’s geographic location at the junction of the I-95 and I-91 corridors coupled with the expertise of on-site operators and strong inter-modal rail / trucking capabilities make this an ideal site for feeder barge service,” said John Russo, Chair of the New Haven Port Authority. “We hope to achieve the Board’s support on this initiative as implementation would create benefits not only for New Haven but also for the region and the State.”
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