The facility will be built adjacent to the GCT Bayonne terminal in New Jersey. It will complete the agency's US$600m (£391m) initiative to provide all of its major marine terminals with direct access to rail.
Terminal operator GCT USA has agreed to complete the final design and build the new ExpressRail Port Jersey facility. In return, teh port authority will reimburse GCT up to US$56m to cover the construction costs.
Once the ExpressRail facility opens in 2018, GCT will be responsible for the ongoing operation and maintenance of the facility, which is expected to reduce truck traffic and result in significant environmental benefits for the region.
Cargo coming on and off ships at GCT Bayonne today is transported to and from its final destination by truck or by truck to another ExpressRail facility. The new facility will allow for the loading of containerised cargo from ship to rail, offering ocean carriers and their customers a more efficient and environmentally friendly option. The facility will have an initial capacity of at least 125,000 container lifts a year.