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AUG 2018

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TUNNELINGONLINE.COM TBM: TUNNEL BUSINESS MAGAZINE // AUGUST 2018 B U S I N E S S B R I E F S 1 5 STV/AKRF JV Selected for NY Cross Harbor Freight Study Cross Harbor Partners, a joint ven- ture of STV and AKRF Inc., has been contracted by the Port Authority of ey (P prepare a Tier II study for the Cross Har- bor Freight Program – a transformative goods movement produce that strives to induce a modal shift away from trucks to reduce vehicle miles travele and the attendant wear and tear on the region's roadways and bridges. The Tier II Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be a detailed anal- ysis of the environmental effects and potential mitigation measures for two preferred alternatives the same joint venture team helped the P - tify during Tier I. The two alternatives to be analyzed are a dedicated rail freight tunnel be- twe ey, and the expansion of the P - ing railcar float operation. The rail tun- nel option calls for the construction of a fr Harbor that would run approximately four miles between Jersey City , and Bro ailcar float alterna- tive would significantly expand the ex- isting carfloat system currently being operate ey Rail, LLC. "The Tier II EIS will move the P and the entire region one step closer to a solution that has long been sought to improve traffic congestion," said Chris- tina Alexiou-Hidalgo, STV associate and project manager. "STV and AKRF are very pleased to continue to support the P isionary initiative and see it to its ultimate realization." The STV/AKRF joint venture was first retained by the P e- pare a Tier I EIS in 2008. In that study, the team looked at 27 alternatives and analyzed them for potential regional benefits and impacts. The Tier II study will analyze the two preferred alterna- tives endorsed by the Tier I EIS. "In addition to conducting detailed analyses and securing environmen- tal clearance for both alternatives, the study will also demonstrate a 'proof of concept' for each alternative and dis- cuss mitigations for any potentially sig- nificant impacts identified in the study," ee, AKRF senior technical director and deputy project manager. The Tier II review is expected to take three years to complete. At that point, if additional funding is secured, the proj- ect would enter the preliminary engi- neering phase.

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