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NEW YORK CITY-The South Brooklyn Marine Terminal and Red Hook Container Terminal in Brooklyn are both one step closer to the vision of rehabilitation the city has for them. City Hall and the Economic Development Corp. have been working to revitalize the city’s marine infrastructure. While NYC2012 works on plans for a high-speed ferry service for human transport, the city and EDC have just enlisted Moffat & Nichol Engineers to work on the freight side of the plan.

Moffat & Nichol will design the final construction plan for redevelopment of waterfront rail facilities at SBMT and the Red Hook. They will provide planning and engineering services along the way.

“Advancing these two projects indicates that we are making important strides in the redevelopment of Brooklyn’s working waterfront,” says EDC president Michael G. Carey. “With this designation, the mayor’s vision of expanding maritime freight activities in New York City is closer to becoming a reality.”

The projects is divided into two phases. The fist will be the design of a railcar float bridge and on-deck rail yard at Red Hook Container Terminal. Barges will connect with the national rail freight system in New Jersey here and provide an n alternative to trucking. A spokesperson for the EDC also notes, “It will also anchor the nation’s largest operating cocoa port located on the Brooklyn waterfront.”

Next, in phase two, the existing track along First Avenue will be realigned to provide service to SBMT. There an intermodal rail yard will be constructed and RFPs for a new terminal operator have been issued. The selection is expected later this year.

Zeta Tech and Lawler Matusky & Skelly will serve as subcontractors on the design team for these projects. These projects are actually part of the EDC’s 1999 plan, “The Strategic Plan for Redevelopment of the Port of New York.” The plan has resulted in $16 million being allotted to the Brooklyn rail freight rehabilitations.

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