Themes from the First Trans-Hudson Summit

On Thursday, May 7th, a summit of regional leaders in the transportation community convened in Manhattan to discuss the state of the infrastructure network linking New Jersey and New York. The event discussions highlighted: (i) the immediate and long-term crises, and the urgency to repair and expand this vital infrastructure to prevent major disruptions, and to meet future travel demand, (ii) the operational, financial, institutional and regulatory challenges that must be addressed, and (iii) new ideas for overcoming these obstacles.

Click here to download (PDF) a report that summarizes the major themes from the first Trans-Hudson Summit followed by a list of the event's panel topics and participants

Regional Interstate Transportation Network

The Port Authority has developed a profile of the Regional Interstate Transportation Network to foster awareness of trends and issues facing the critical network that connects New York City with the west-of-Hudson region. It is a snapshot of current knowledge about issues, trends, and market patterns on that system, including:

  •  Interdependence of bus, passenger rail, PATH, ferry and vehicular assets to accommodate commuter and other bi-state travel;
  • Reliance on aging infrastructure that requires replacement to sustain reliable, attractive service via existing facilities;
  • Forecast growth in demand across all modes, with a shift from autos to transit for both commuting and non-work travel;
  • Inadequate capital available from historic regional and federal sources for essential Port Authority, NJ Transit, Amtrak, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority investments; and
  • New imperatives to upgrade security/resiliency and to adapt to burgeoning development surrounding critical trans-Hudson facilities.

Readers can access the profile here.

Regional Goods Movement Action Program

Freight transportation, though not the focus of the Trans-Hudson Summit or the Profile, is equally important to the vitality of the bi-state metropolitan region. The Port Authority, New Jersey Department of Transportation and New York State Department of Transportation have developed a joint Regional Goods Movement Action Program, dubbed G-MAP, which outlines a comprehensive agenda of operational, regulatory, and investment priorities that can assure more efficient and sustainable performance of essential goods movement to support regional trade, and commerce and consumer needs. A summary of the G-MAP program, and its priority objectives and strategies is available here. You can request more information about G-MAP, and send questions and comments to the inter-agency G-MAP team at freightplanning@panynj.gov.