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 draft Purpose and Need Statement developed for this study. Please review and provide any comments on the Contact Us page. Comments will be accepted until November 30, 2018.

DRAFT Purpose & Need Statement

The purpose of this project is to optimize freight movement and improve safety by reducing conflicts between the Dover & Rockaway Railroad (“D&R”) freight line and vehicular and pedestrian traffic especially in downtown Dover.