New York & Atlantic Railway
Operating since 1997, New York & Atlantic Railway (NYA) was established through collaboration between the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and Anacostia Rail Holdings (ARH) to privatize freight services on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). From its hub of operations in Fresh Pond, Queens and three support yards in Long Island City, Bay Ridge, and Pine Aire, NYA manages 270 miles of track, handling commodities, such as lumber, beverages, food products, building materials, waste, bio-diesel, and recycled iron, steel to and from Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties.
NYA’s freight trains play a crucial role in our region’s economy, helping commodities made by local manufacturers and industrial businesses reach markets across the United State. As congestion in the city increases, freight by rail is seen as a key way of keeping large trucks off city streets, speeding up deliveries, and lowering shipping costs. Currently, most major cities receive 20% of their goods by rail, but in New York City the figure is only 2%. This has prompted New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to release a plan, Freight NYC, setting goals for greater use of freight by rail. One railcar is estimated to keep four tractor-trailers off the road and reduces emissions by 75% per ton-mile locomotives are cleaner than trucks.
Entrenched in the community, NYA is proud to have 58 full-time employees, nearly all of whom live in the city or Long Island. Additionally, 65% of NYA’s employees are part say: “are members” of the Brotherhood Of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) union. NYA offers training and education for perspective train engineers and is actively cultivating relationships with schools in the area to promote careers in rail.
In the twenty years since it began operations in the city, NYA has seen a growing demand for freight rail; since 1997 carloads of freight per year have tripled. By virtue of its connections with Canadian Pacific, CSXT, Norfolk Southern, Providence & Worcester Railway and NYNJ Rail NYA provides access to the entire North American Rail network. New York and Atlantic Railway’s safety record, a growing list of customers, and investment in the community have it poised for continued success in the years to come.