mtuandrew wrote: ↑Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:57 am
Specifically yes - that’s why I suggest a produce train. Fresh fruit and vegetables from Florida and Georgia has to take a truck to New Jersey, then be transloaded to a smaller truck to go across the river. Why not save a step and some diesel? It’s not NY&A’s usual business but would be entirely new loads.
No idea what would get sent back south though, other than empty containers. Thoughts welcome there.
The question here is... where would it go in NYC? Not Manhattan, there's no room and no terminal to off-load it.
You're stuck with Long Island City yard in Queens (and have to ether make several reverse-forward-reverse moves over switches), or take the loop at Sunnyside, to go NEC to LIC. Or, you take the Hells Gate Bridge to Oak Point Yard.. which has a lead to several distributors... including BEER and produce... but that's in the Bronx.
Ether way, you're trucking it the last mile into Manhattan. So why not save the diesel/electricity, logistics headaches, and paperwork, and just last mile it from New Jersey by truck?
I'd also bet CSX has track rights from Selkirk through Metro-North trackage and over to Oak Point Yard. Ooops, I've cut out the tunnel, all those double-stack restrictions, having to hand it off to Amtrak, etc etc etc. And you still have to last-mile it by truck.