The Purpose and Need Statement is a critical component of the project development process. This project definition helps in developing suitable alternatives, assessing them and ultimately selecting the preliminary preferred alternative. Below is the final Purpose and Need Statement developed for this study.

Purpose & Need Statement

The purpose of this project is to provide freight transportation infrastructure that meets current industry standards in order to promote economic development and optimize freight movement particularly the ability to accommodate the movement of 286,000 pound (286K) railcars over the Washington Secondary/Morristown Line in Hackettstown, New Jersey.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The primary goals of this project are to:

  1. Enhance operational efficiency along the Washington Secondary/Morristown Line
  2. Support existing and future freight rail related development

Within each of these overarching goals, specific objectives have been identified as noted below.

  1. Enhance operational efficiency along the Washington Secondary/Morristown Line
    • Allow the movement of industry standard 286K rail cars along the Washington Secondary
    • Support economic competitiveness by allowing increased loading per rail car
  2. Support future freight rail related development
    • Reduce the operational cost of rail movement along the Washington Secondary/Morristown Line for rail served customers along the Washington Secondary and the branch lines to which it connects
    • Promote retention and expansion of existing rail served industrial businesses in Warren and Morris Counties
    • Attract investment in rail served industrial development of vacant and underutilized industrial parcels along the Washington Secondary/Morristown Line and the connecting branch lines.