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News » US » Port of Long Beach moves forward with $870m rail project » published 25 Sep 2018

Port of Long Beach moves forward with $870m rail project

A US$870m budget has been approved for the construction of project to improve the transfer of cargo at the Port of Long Beach in California.

The budget approved by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is for the Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility. The facility is designed to shift more shipping containers from trucks to rail, to achieve more efficient transfer of cargo and helping the port stay competitive and meet environmental targets.

Currently, the ability to build long trains is limited by a lack of adequate yard tracks and the configuration of mainline tracks. The Pier B facility would change this, providing track space to join together sections of trains assembled at terminals. A 1-mile-long train can take as many as 750 trucks off the roadways.

No trucks would visit the Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility, which is a centerpiece of the Port’s US$1bn rail improvement program. The first arrival, departure and storage tracks are expected to be completed in 2024, with additional tracks coming online in 2030, followed by project completion in 2032.

“The Port’s $1 billion rail program is designed to meet the needs of our customers,” said Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners president Tracy Egoscue. “Moving more cargo by train helps our marine terminals transfer cargo faster. At the same time, it helps us make progress toward the environmental goals the Commission set in the Clean Air Action Plan and continue to lead the industry on sustainable operations.”

 

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This article was published on 25 Sep 2018 (last updated on 25 Sep 2018).

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