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Congressman Lee Zeldin Announces Permanent Removal of Cross Sound Ferry Trucking Plan By USDOT

December 4, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC –Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – NY-1), member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced today that he has secured the permanent removal of the Cross Sound Ferry trucking plan from the America’s Marine Highway Program.

The Congressman worked directly with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) to amend the Cross Sound program to permanently remove all references to the misguided trucking provision, which would have rerouted thousands of trucks from I-95 in Connecticut to the North Fork through the Cross Sound Ferry.

Congressman Zeldin said, “I am proud to announce that the misguided proposal to reroute thousands of trucks from I-95 in Connecticut to the North Fork via the Cross Sound Ferry was officially removed from both regional and federal transportation plans. While passenger ferries are an important part of the Long Island transportation and tourism economy, this particular plan was ill advised, as it obviously failed to properly assess the North Fork's road system, which is not equipped for the additional truck traffic, and was contrary to the goals of America’s Marine Highways.”

Congressman Zeldin worked with local elected officials to have the Cross Sound Ferry trucking proposal removed from the Regional Freight Plan of NYMTC, the New York metro region’s transportation planning body. As a result of their direct advocacy, earlier this year, on April 23, 2015, the proposal to reroute trucks was officially removed from the NYMTC Regional Freight Plan. While this was removed from the regional plan, it was still included in the federal plan, which is why the Congressman also fought for the permanent removal of the proposal from the America’s Marine Highway Program.

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, Congressman Zeldin sent a letter to Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation at the U.S. Department of Transportation, urging the permanent removal of the Cross Sound Ferry trucking plan from the America’s Marine Highway Program. After meeting with staff, and conducting a thorough review of the project, Secretary Foxx and federal Maritime Administrator Paul Jaenichen announced that the proposal has been officially removed from the federal plan; an important victory for north fork residents on Long Island.

You can view a copy of the confirmation letter here: PDF iconResponse_11.30.2015_MARAD Administrator Paul Chip Jaenichen_Cross Sound Enhancement.pdf