In the past few weeks, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) has announced that it will soon begin construction of a new freight track at the former freight depot on the corner of 8th Avenue and Second Street, where a new station will be located.
This station is part of a $300 million project to upgrade and reconfigure the Harbor freight dollys, which were first opened in 1976 and are now the largest warehouse freight dollies in the United States.
“The dolly fleet is the lifeblood of the city, and today’s announcement represents the first step toward reopening the harbor freight service, which we will continue to work with our city partners to make workable for the thousands of people who use the Harbor,” said Commissioner of Transportation James Reilly.
“I want to thank Mayor Bill de Blasio and the entire City Council for their hard work on this project and to thank the thousands who have helped to make this project a reality.”
The project is part on the construction of the new station, which is set to open in mid-2018.
This new track is expected to be able to handle an average of 400,000-500,000 freight vehicles per day, and will also serve as a replacement for the defunct 7th Avenue Freight Depot, which was built in 1974 and has been operating at the site since the early 1980s.
The old depot is located just east of where the new facility will be.
“Our goal is to open the Harbor as soon as possible, and we will have the space we need to create a great and sustainable transportation network,” said New York DOT Commissioner of Planning and Engineering James L. Delgado.
“This project will benefit our citizens, create jobs and create thousands of new jobs.
The project will also be a great economic opportunity for the region and the region’s regionally significant businesses, and I look forward to working with our partners to build this project into a thriving, vibrant business and residential corridor.”
The new track will also replace the Harbor Yard, a station that has operated at the corner for nearly a decade.
The new track has been installed by a contractor and is expected soon to be ready for operation.
“The Harbor Yard has been a fixture in our community since its opening in 1976,” said Mayor Bill De Blasio.
“It is a wonderful reminder of the great work our City’s residents do to improve our neighborhoods and to create jobs.
I look to Mayor de Blasio to lead us through the construction and operation of this project to create an even better transportation network for New Yorkers.”