The Port Authority
of New York and New Jersey is offering up to $6 million in incentives
to shippers who use barges instead of trucks under a program announced
earlier this month, Newsday reported Dec. 22.
would take cargo containers bound for Connecticut and Massachusetts
off tractor-trailers and put them on barges, The Associated Press reported Dec. 17. The plan is designed to ease port and road crowding
in New York. Now, trucks carrying the containers leave the New York
area by traveling north on I-95.
and New Haven, CT, have both asked Connecticut state officials for
more than $7 million to launch the container barge service in their
The Port of
Albany will be the first inland port to participate, with barge
service in place early next year, Newsday reported. By 2020,
officials want to get ports at Bridgeport, New Haven, Wilmington,
DE, Davisville, RI, and two other locations into the program as
Now, 84 percent
of the more than 3 million cargo containers that enter Port Newark-Elizabeth
each year are transported by truck. Officials - who hope to cut
the number of trucks on area roads by 1,000 daily - hope to reduce
that to 57 percent by 2020.