The North Atlantic Gateway region encompasses one of the largest concentrations of maritime and intermodal activity in the nation. Last year, more than $171 billion of general cargo was processed through the Port of New York and New Jersey. In 2012, over 4,500 vessels and approximately 5.5 million TEUs transited the port, the largest container port on the East Coast. The Gateway Office’s area of responsibility includes the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, as well as New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. In addition, the Gateway Office has the responsibility for reporting on the commercial activity in the Atlantic and Maritime provinces of Eastern Canada, which include Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The Gateway Office also monitors the commercial and military activities of two strategic ports, the Port of New York and New Jersey and the Port of Philadelphia, as well as ten other ports within the Gateway Office’s area of responsibility.
The North Atlantic Gateway Office is a crucial liaison for the Agency to develop, analyze, and advance regional projects such as the Maritime Administration’s Marine Highway Initiative, intended to reduce congestion on our crowded highways through the increased use of barge and intermodal services. This Gateway Office specializes in infrastructure investment and finance and assists in the development of U.S. transportation policy by bringing together various transportation stakeholders to collaboratively address port infrastructure problems and issues while considering the impacts on the transportation system outside of port areas. These stakeholders include shippers, carriers, ports and terminals, federal agencies, state and local governments, metropolitan planning organizations, and other freight industry representatives.