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    EDC is spearheading a $103 million renovation of Staten Island’s St. George Ferry Terminal to be completed late 2004. The project will create an additional 12,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, a pedestrian walkway connecting Richmond Terrace and the terminal entry.


    EDC created the Homeport Task Force made up of local elected officials, City officials and representatives from the community to develop a comprehensive plan for reusing the entire 36-acre Homeport site-capitalizing on its exceptional waterfront location and strengthening the adjoining Stapleton community. The task force has already issued a request for proposals seeking a nationally recognized planning consultant to study development opportunities along the Staten Island waterfront from the Homeport site to the St. George Ferry Terminal.


    EDC is now building on the success of Howland Hook Marine Terminal through a $500 million investment by the City, Port Authority and Army Corps of Engineers to build deeper channels, modern on-dock rail service, and a longer wharf. These improvements will generate an additional 300 jobs in five years, adding $5 million in annual tax benefits to the City and State. *Howland Hook Marine Terminal is the City’s premier deep-sea cargo port, employing more than 800 full- and part-time workers, making it the largest employer on Staten Island.


    EDC is working with the Port Authority to reactivate the Staten Island Railroad in 2005. This project will facilitate growth of the Howland Hook Marine Terminal, allow for the export of Staten Island waste by rail, and remove trucks from the borough’s busy roadways.


    EDC is developing the Bricktown Center at Charleston, a $65 million project that will bring 412,000 square feet of retail space to southern Staten Island. *As part of this project, 22 acres will be developed for active and semi-active facilities and will be known as Charleston Park. EDC will dedicate additional space for the development of a school, a senior housing center and a nursery. The project will create 500 construction jobs and 1,100 permanent jobs.


    EDC is starting the design process for an additional waterfront esplanade that will stretch from the Lighthouse museum in St. George to Stapleton. The $2.5 million project will connect to the esplanade we have already built at the minor league baseball stadium and ferry terminal.

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    I saw a master plan for the St George coast once. There were a few midrise residential buildings.

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    Among the renovation project's primary goals was to enhance the commuter experience while realizing the station's potential as the gateway to Staten Island. Built to accommodate bus, car, and rail connections to the terminal and process commuters to ferries, the existing terminal design gave little attention to the site's aesthetic potential or impact on the adjacent waterfront development.

    The new design incorporates more light and air, harbor and Manhattan views, usable exterior spaces, seamless commuter connections, connections to neighboring sites, and new destination retail.

    Sustainable design strategies include a living roof, photovoltaics, water recycling, and recycled building materials. The team is aiming for the station to be the country's first LEED-certified intermodal transportation center. The LEED™ 2.0 (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system focuses on five areas in the design and construction of environmentally friendly structures: site selection and erosion control; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; and indoor environmental quality.








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    Staten Island is also looking at proposals for a light rail along the north shore starting at this station. It would use abandoned tracks and be suitable for a possible future connection to the Hudson-Bergen light rail.

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    I hope they revive the Stapleton movie studio proposal. *I think the plan for the site is due by July. *Hopefully, it'll be a good one for SI and NYC.

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    Quote: from NYatKNIGHT on 10:51 am on June 26, 2003
    Staten Island is also looking at proposals for a light rail along the north shore starting at this station. It would use abandoned tracks and be suitable for a possible future connection to the Hudson-Bergen light rail.
    I wonder if that would conflict with the reactivation of the railroad for the Howland Hook Marine Terminal. Also, since the original tracks were for heavy rail, why not simply a second SIR line? North Shore Line redux.

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    For a "gateway to SI", the front is inexcusably banal and dull.

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    No matter how hard I try, I just never get very excited about ANYTHING having to do with Staten Island.

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    It has the highest summit in the city, Todt Hill, which is also the highest on the eastern seaboard below Maine!

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    WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote: from Christian Wieland on 3:58 pm on June 26, 2003

    ..... since the original tracks were for heavy rail, why not simply a second SIR line? North Shore Line redux.
    That is also an option. At this point, I believe they are currently looking at all commuter options available while evaluating ridership projections, determining new zoning along the corridor, and of course, weighing in costs. The existing corridor could be used between stops but new track/routes would veer off for better access to neighborhoods.
    These options include:
    Bus - flexible and cheap, but susceptible to traffic jams.

    Bus Rapid Transit - runs in its own guideway to avoid traffic, but route options are not very flexible.

    Heavy Rail - Preferred by most, but has very high capital costs and there can be no at-grade crossings in neighborhoods.

    Streetcar and Light Rail - Can't operate jointly with heavy rail, and overhead lines mean high clearances. But both these options effectively serve high demand corridors and offer a wider range of track alignment options because they can navigate steep slopes and tighter curves. A streetcar vehicle is generally smaller than a light rail vehicle.

    Deisel Multiple Unit - Uses no locomotive and offers high capacity service, but with none in use in the U.S. now (all are in Europe), costs may be high. Also deisel emissions and noise could be an issue.

    I don't know if or how it would conflict with the Howland Hook Marine Terminal, to be honest, though I'll see what I can find out.

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    Old Travis Branch in blue. The North Shore Line went to Jersey?


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    Yes, originally it went to Cranford Junction, NJ. Passenger operation was eliminated in 1953. That segment still provides a permanent rail connection to the national network. The city talks about resuming freight service, or at least the possibility.

    New MTA rail or even a parallel Light Rail within the North Shore Right-of-Way could bring workers to Howland Hook and other industrial plants as well as residential neighborhoods. The good news is there are lots of rail options that could help redevelop and revive Staten Island.

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    The Staten Island Railway could adopt the Northern Line for passenger trains if the freight option was judged to be not viable. I'm already envisioning eight or so SIR stations such as (from west to east) Howland Hook, Arlington, Mariners' Harbor, Port Richmond, Livingston, Randall Manor, New Brighton, and finally St George. Currently the SIR goes only along the eastern regions of the borough, as shown by the map below:



    (Edited by Agglomeration at 12:33 pm on July 3, 2003)

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    Put Commuters in Pole Position

    By VINCE DIMICELI
    Published: January 15, 2006
    JUST because Nascar and its fans are car enthusiasts, that doesn't mean the proposed Nascar track on Staten Island has to add to the island's traffic problem. In fact, if Nascar could help finance the revitalization of the oldNorth Shore line of the Staten Island Railway, the track's construction could improve area transportation.

    The line, which has a West Shore spur that runs through the heart of the track site in the Bloomfield section, ended passenger service in 1953 when buses were a viable - and less expensive - option to train service. The city owns the property, but hasn't worked toward reopening the line. Meanwhile, the West Shore spur, along with part of the Arlington Railyard, is being rehabilitated to once again accommodate freight service from the Howland Hook Marine Terminal and lug garbage out of the island's new rail waste-transfer station at Fresh Kills.

    With all this work going on, and with Nascar already heavily invested and desperate to get into New York City, islanders should demand that they get dividends. And those dividends should include a direct rail link to Manhattan.

    If this sounds crazy, consider something crazier: the island is the only place in the tri-state region that doesn't have direct train links to Manhattan. Nascar's track could put an end to that.

    The North Shore line, with its connection to New Jersey via the Arthur Kill Lift Bridge, is the key. Reopen the line from the St. George Terminal, and you instantly give residents on the island's North Shore - along with any fan who shows up at a race - easy, quick and car-free access to the Staten Island Ferry. Then take things a step further: connect the lift bridge to Amtrak's Northeast Corridor line, and you're half-a-dozen stops from Penn Station without changing trains. Staten Islanders would then have their fastest commute to Midtown in history (along with a rail link to Newark Liberty Airport), and the Nascar track would have a connection to the nation's rail system and an international airport.

    Islanders could further benefit from more transportation investment: run a spur of the active South Shore line from the Pleasant Plains station along the West Shore Expressway (like the AirTrain to Kennedy International Airport along the Van Wyck Expressway) where it can hook up with the Nascar line near Fresh Kills. This would create a rail loop around Staten Island, giving the majority of islanders access to the train. Finally, lay about two miles of track through Fresh Kills Park to the Staten Island Mall, where you could end up with a centrally located park-and-ride terminal with the eight-lane Richmond Avenue feeding into it.

    Commuters could then shop at the mall after work, pack their purchases in the trunk of their cars and drive home.

    Who would oversee such an undertaking? Given the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's lack of interest in the island, this seems like the perfect job for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates Howland Hook as well as the island's three vehicular bridges to New Jersey, one of which - the Goethals - the Port Authority is bent on twinning or replacing. Islanders should insist that if a new bridge is built alongside the Goethals, the existing structure be used for passenger-only train service, thus alleviating any conflicts the passenger service would have with freight operations.

    But it would take a big business with a lot on the table to get the ball rolling. According to The Staten Island Advance, Nascar's new $4.48 billion television deal hinges on the island track. With that in mind, I would say that ball is in Staten Island's court.

    Vince DiMiceli is the senior editor of "The Brooklyn Papers."

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