‘Freight NYC’ aims to modernize rail, maritime infrastructure in the Big Apple

“Our city depends on crucial but aging marine, rail and highway infrastructure and relies upon trucks to move nearly 90 percent of freight,” said de Blasio in a press release. “As the city’s population continues to grow and consumers increasingly demand near-instant deliveries, local freight volumes will grow an estimated 68 percent by 2045, further choking traffic and impeding commerce. This challenge is particularly acute in the ‘last mile’ of distribution, in which trucks bring goods from port facilities and central warehouses, often located in neighboring states like New Jersey, to consumers over city streets and arteries.”