The Port of Long Beach has received a US$14 million grant for a planned rail project, which is expected to increase the efficiency of container movement and reduce congestion in the local area.
The grant was awarded to Long Beach by the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program, which helps pay for improvements to freight corridors across California using designated transportation funds from the US government.
According to a statement, the port will contribute the remaining $11 million for the $25 million project, which aims to increase operational efficiency and reduce delays by boosting the reliability of on-dock rail.
Neil Davidson, of Drewry, discusses new developments at the Port of Long Beach in a recent Port Technology technical paper
The ‘Pier G and J Double Track Access Project’ will add a new 9,000-foot departure track for trains serving four of Long Beach’s six container terminals.
This initiative will allow for better utilization of the on-dock rail yards at Piers G and J by enabling them to simultaneously handle arriving and departing trains.
In addition to this, the project will also minimize conflict with neighbouring terminals’ on-dock rail operations and improve overall safety in the vicinity.
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When completed, the project will expand on-dock rail usage by approximately TEU annually, as well as reducing the need for 615 daily truck trips.
Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach, said: “Moving goods by rail is four times more efficient than by truck, so this project would enhance our operational excellence and environmental sustainability.”
Tracy Egoscue, President of the Long Beach Board of Harbour Commissioners, added: “The Harbour Commission welcomes the grant, which helps to modernize the Port and strengthen its ability to contribute to the regional and state economy.”