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Feasibility of Freight Villages in the NYMTC Region

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While significant efficiencies have been achieved in both urban and interurban freight movements, the substantial growth in trade volumes, increased congestion, and scarce and expensive real estate for freight have radically altered freight transportation and logistics over the last five years.

Multi-firm commercial properties, which concentrate different transport activities from several different transport operators and users, offer not only the ideal framework for optimal use of modes, but also new options for the development of advanced systems of efficient management of sustainable freight movement.  In addition to responding to the increase in freight volume, such facilities, known as freight villages, may offer the means to “reduce freight-driven sprawl in greenfield areas by developing freight and trade-related distribution facilities within existing transportation corridors.”

An integral goal of the freight village concept is for it to be seamlessly integrated into the surrounding community. Together with providing a facility that houses multimodal freight and industrial activities, freight villages provide an opportunity to boost economic development and improve the quality of life of those who live near these facilities.

NYMTC’s Feasibility of Freight Villages in the NYMTC Region study provides the region with a comprehensive examination of the potential for freight villages to increase the efficiencies of freight logistics and transportation. Click here to learn more about the project and how to get involved. For more information, contact Geoffrey Rick at 212.383.7292 or at


Availability and Effectiveness of Truck Rest Stops

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Over 80% of all freight in the tri-state region is transported via truck. The difference is moved through the use of air, rail, and maritime modes but the majority depends on the safe, efficient movement of trucks on public roads. An important component of this network is the efficient placement and adequate availability of truck rest stops to ensure a safe and reliable delivery.

In recent years the location of truck rest stops has come under scrutiny by regional planning agencies within New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut regions. With an expected 47 percent increase in freight traffic in the region, coupled with the need for enhanced services, the demand for rest stops will increase in terms of their location, size and provision of services. 

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NYMTC’s Multi-State Truck Rest Stop Inventory and Assessment Study provides the region with a comprehensive evaluation of existing truck services (official and informal) and a determination of the need to provide either enhanced services of existing stops or the identification of recommended regional improvements. 
Click here to learn more about the project and how to get involved.  For more information, contact Geoffrey Rick at 212.383.7292 or at

Rail Freight Yard Requirements/Land Assessment for the East of Hudson Area
The East of Hudson area in the NYMTC region suffers from a lack of freight-dedicated land use. This report explores the region’s need for rail freight facilities and looks at other regions where quite a bit has been done with small parcels of land.
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Intermodal Freight Movement Opportunities for Long Island
"Making the Case for the Pilgrim State Hospital Site"
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Freight Inventory 2000 and Update
One of the most pressing planning needs has been an inventory of the places and facilities which are part of the freight delivery system. This oversize volume covers specific details of truck, rail, marine and air cargo facilities including size, operator, owner, volume of freight handled and more. Facilities in the tri-state area are included.
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Truck Terminals and Warehouse Survey
For information on individual terminals and warehouses, NYMTC members and staff went directly to the owners and operators of these facilities to find out how they operate and what they would do to improve transportation.
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Truck Toll Volumes
NYMTC staff, in cooperation with Council members, monitors the volume of trucks traversing the region’s bridges and tunnels.
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Hunts Point Freight Ferry study
NYMTC is always interested in moving freight in ways that are alternatives to trucks. The Hunts Point Freight Ferry study examined freight markets and commodities that could be addressed by a waterborne mode.
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Feasibility of Waterborne Truck Service From Hunts Point Market To Midtown Manhattan
In May 2007, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) undertook an analysis of providing some means of barge or ferry service to Manhattan for the trucks and vans serving the new Fulton Fish Market and other markets in Hunts Point. This report examines the issue through several categories of related topics: tides and waterways, landing sites, vessel types, operational types and possible operating plans, issues and costs.
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