Governor Calls on Port Authority and MTA to Study Options to Relocate Red Hook's Maritime Activities Elsewhere in South Brooklyn; Enhance Transportation Access
Map of Potential Relocation Site Available Here
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled the 21st proposal of the 2018 State of the State: calling on the Port Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to study potential options for relocating and improving maritime activities and enhancing transportation access to Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood.
"Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood is full of untapped potential, and with this proposal, I am calling on the Port Authority to accelerate consideration of relocating its Red Hook maritime activities to free up this waterfront for more productive community use," Governor Cuomo said. "I am also calling on the MTA to take steps to improve transportation options to Red Hook, including studying the potential of a new subway line to connect Red Hook to Manhattan."
Relocation of Maritime Activities
With this proposal, Governor Cuomo is calling on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to explore options for improving and consolidating maritime operations by relocating activities at the Red Hook Container Terminal to the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Sunset Park. This study would focus on the potential for relocating and consolidating maritime operations, working with the City of New York, with the twin goals of consolidating and improving the maritime shipping activities in South Brooklyn and freeing up the Port Authority's Red Hook land for more productive community uses.
Improving Transportation Access
The Governor is also calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to study options for improving transportation access to the Red Hook area and surrounding communities, including the potential extension of subway service from lower Manhattan to a new station in Red Hook through an underwater tunnel.
Once a plan for how to potentially relocate consolidated and improved maritime activities becomes clear and the MTA study is completed, a community-based planning process with key participation by elected representatives and interested stakeholders would be expected to recommend the appropriate redevelopment alternatives for any Port Authority land no longer needed for maritime activities.