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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

The Cross Harbor Tunnel

Okay, I've decided to mostly ignore the comments from my "gentrification rant". Not that I don't value the comments and input. I do. Really. Its just that I'm not particularly inclined to deal with them at the moment.

What I will deal with at the moment is a question that someone asked in the comments about the Cross Harbor Tunnel... namely, why do folks in Maspeth care about the tunnel project? Mostly because much of the truck traffic would be transferred out to Maspeth by the tunnel. The tunnel would be exclusively for rail freight. It would link the Bay Ridge Branch rail line that begins at the waterfront at about 65th Street in Brooklyn, and goes through Sunset Park, Borough Park, etc, up into Queens and terminates at the Maspeth yards. The Sunset Park waterfront would be refitted to handle large containers that would be loaded directly on the freight trains that would move straight out to either New Jersey, or Maspeth. From either location you've got much better access to the interstate system and further rail lines. (See the map at the Cross Harbor project web page.) Getting goods back and forth from the relatively poorly located (as in on an island - Long Island), but more sea accessible and deeper Brooklyn waterfront to greater national transportation network has always been a problem. The folks at the Waterfont Museum can give you the rundown on the history of the cross harbor barges.

So the cross harbor tunnel would move the center of the freight shipping activity to the Sunset Park area. It would probably get a good deal of large truck traffic off of the BQE, but it would also dramatically up the amount of rail freight traffic moving through Brooklyn. And it would make Maspeth a major transit point. So at the moment opposition is strongly based in the Maspeth and Borough Park neighborhood. So there ya go.

Doesn't anyone want to know about the Kurt Weill stuff?


Anonymous dirtgirl said...

thanks! i was the one that asked the question about the tunnel & maspeth connection. I never knew there was a rail link between Sunset Park and Maspeth.

I guess it's no surprise, but I only learned there were trains in Maspeth when a runaway train hit a couple cars last year. And I only learned there were trains in Sunset park when I read the strange story of a slow-motion train-car collision at 50th and 1st ave in Brooklyn this weekend.

Tue Apr 19, 10:55:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey - what is Kurt Weill's connection to Red Hook?

Thu Apr 21, 01:01:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hit us up about Kurt Weill!

and hey, I appreciate you being here, thanks for posting.

Thu Apr 21, 11:50:00 PM

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Blogger Queens Crapper said...

The reason the folks in Maspeth are upset at the thought of the Cross Harbor Tunnel is not because of the actual tunnel, but because they are planning to use eminent domain to destroy viable businesses along Newtown Creek in order to construct an intermodal truck facility, which will add thousands to, not subtract from, the number of trucks that already drive through the residential areas of town.

Sat Feb 16, 01:16:00 AM


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