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 Purpose and Need Statement developed for this study. A public comment period was provided on the below purpose and needs statement, which was finalized after November 30, 2018.

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.