Officials at the Port of Long Beach are celebrating the completion of a US$93 million rail project vital for improving the efficiency and sustainability of cargo movement as shipment volumes increase at the port.
The ‘Green Port Gateway’ project was green-lighted for construction at the end of 2012 and was completed in 2015.
The project realigned a critical rail pathway to relieve a bottleneck, allowing port terminals to increase their use of on-dock rail, while at the same time decreasing truck traffic and air pollution.
Mr Hacegaba has also written a Technical Paper on the Port of Long Beach, which will feature in Edition 67 of PTI’s journal – the Mega-Ports Edition.
The upgrades will serve the port’s southeast terminals, including the new Middle Harbor terminal.
The work included adding a third rail line under Ocean Boulevard, along with new retaining walls, utility line modifications and roadway improvements.
Every on-dock rail train eliminates as many as 750 truck trips from regional roadways.
Lori Ann Guzmán, President of the Board of Harbor Commissioners at the Port of Long Beach, said: “The Green Port Gateway shows the Port of Long Beach’s commitment to moving trade in an environmentally responsible way. I want to thank our state and federal partners who recognised the importance of this critical project.”
The port is planning $1 billion in rail projects over the next decade as part of a broader modernisation programme to strengthen the port’s competitiveness and reduce port-related impacts to the environment.
Port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup said the Green Port Gateway is a key part of building the ‘Port of the Future’.
Slangerup added: “This project will enable us to reach our goal of moving 35% of containerised cargo via on-dock rail this decade. It will also support our long-range ambition to eventually move 50% of our goods directly from terminals by train.”