Port offers $6 million incentive to not use trucks

| 12/26/2002

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.

The program 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.

Bridgeport and New Haven, CT, have both asked Connecticut state officials for more than $7 million to launch the container barge service in their ports.

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 well.

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.