Regional Programs


"Freight by the Numbers" chartThe NJTPA region is the platform for the distribution of goods to one of the largest and richest consumer markets on earth. This encompasses the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area and much of the mid-Atlantic and New England states. The region is also a leading US international gateway with the largest port on the Atlantic Coast and one of the largest air cargo operations in the US.

The region’s freight system includes:

Port: Northern New Jersey is the home of the largest container port on the Atlantic seaboard and, third largest in North America. In 2018, the Port of New York and New Jersey handled over 7.1 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent containers), a 7.0 percent increase over 2017. Nearly 30 percent of all containerized cargo at the port is now carried on vessels with the capacity to handle 9,000 or more TEUs – the size vessel that could not transit under the old Bayonne Bridge prior to the completion of the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project in June of 2017. In addition to containerized cargo, the port handled 573,035 vehicles in 2018. The port also set a new all-time record for cargo handled by rail, moving 645,760 containers by rail, up 13.8 percent over the previous record set in 2017. Source: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

NJTPA Freight Activities Locator logo Rail: Northern New Jersey is served by two Class I railroads—CSX and Norfolk Southern. This system includes the Conrail Shared Assets Area, extensive on- and near-dock rail operations that serve the Port, and several short line railroads. Overall, the State of New Jersey handled 50.5 million tons of rail freight in 2017. Source:  Association of American Railroads.

Air: Newark Liberty International Airport handled over 826,000 tons of air cargo in 2017, up from 747,000 tons in 2016. The three leading airlines in terms of cargo volume were Federal Express, United and UPS.  In 2017, the Airport was the 11th ranked air cargo airport in North America and 35th in the World.  Sources:  Airports Council International and Port Authority of NY and NJ

Trucking: Trucking moves the most freight in New Jersey and the NJTPA region. In New Jersey, 75 percent of goods moved—over 450 million tons—were handled by trucks.  Source:  New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Industrial Properties: As of the 1st quarter of 2019, northern and central New Jersey had over 827 million square feet of industrial properties, one of the leading concentrations in North America. Ten new industrial buildings were delivered to the area in the 1st quarter, including three in the Interchange 8A submarket and two in the Route 287/Exit 10 submarket. A total of 31 new buildings were added in 2018 on top of the 45 new industrial buildings completed in 2017. In the 1st quarter, nearly 6 million square feet of new space was under construction in 19 buildings. Most of the new construction is in central New Jersey, particularly in the Route 287/Exit 10 and Newark areas. Source: CBRE

Freight planning activities at the NJTPA are guided by the Freight Initiatives Committee. Meetings of the committee serve as a forum for discussion of regional freight issues. The committee makes recommendations on action items to be considered by the full NJTPA Board of Trustees. The committee meets bimonthly. Its meetings are open to the public.

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Current and recently completed NJTPA freight planning initiatives are listed below. Past initiatives can be found on the Completed Studies page: