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Port of Long Beach increases rail capacity



Written by David C. Lester, Editor

Cutting the cake to celebrate the completion of the Pier G/J dual track access project. Left to right, Roberto Uranga, Long Beach 7th District City Council Member, Bonnie Lowenthal, Harbor Commissioner, Otis Cliatt II, Pacific Harbor Line President, Sharon L. Weissman, Harbor Commission Vice President, Robert Garcia, Mayor of Long Beach, Los Angeles/Orange Counties. Anne-Marie Otey, Board Communications Director, Mario Cordero, Port Executive Director, Noel Hacegaba, Deputy Executive Director, and Rick Cameron, Deputy Executive Director.

Long Beach Harbor

The Port of Long Beach has completed construction of a new rail project that will increase the efficiency of freight movement and reduce congestion on local roads by moving more freight to trains.

The Quay G to Quay J dual-track access project adds a second approximately 8,000-foot-long rail line that allows four terminals in the south basin area of ​​the port to simultaneously handle incoming and at the beginning.

The project is a key part of the port’s ongoing rail infrastructure improvement program to shift more freight to rail, one of the goals of the 2017 Quality Action Plan update. air from the ports of San Pedro Bay.

“This project is an important part of the rail improvement program that will increase efficiency and reduce emissions at our port,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. “We continue to invest in strengthening our supply chain, prioritizing environmental sustainability and reducing impacts on communities surrounding the port.

“This project will streamline operations and reduce truck travel at a time when we are experiencing unprecedented cargo growth,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “Our investments in quayside rail will help the port remain globally competitive and environmentally sustainable in the future.”

Access to trains, movement of goods improves with double track completed

Long Beach Harbor

“Reducing truck traffic will improve air quality and reduce the impact of port operations on the surrounding community,” said Sharon L. Weissman, vice president of the Long Beach Harbor Commission. “Moving goods more efficiently and sustainably remains one of our top priorities.”

Construction began in February 2020 on the project, increasing rail efficiency at G and J platforms by up to 25%. It will also minimize conflicts with rail operations at neighboring terminal platforms and improve overall safety in the vicinity.

The $34.7 million project was partially funded by a $14 million grant from the state’s Trade Corridor Improvement Program, which was created by Senate Bill 1 to pay for the improvements of infrastructure on federally designated freight networks across California using state and national highway freight program money. . The port contributed the remaining funds for the project, which was completed early and under budget.

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Keywords: Breaking News, Dual Track Access, Rail Capacity Increase, Port of Long Beach, Trade Corridor Improvement Program, Reduced Truck Trips