Port of Long Beach completes construction of major rail project

Port of Los Angeles, California

The Port of Long Beach has completed construction of a major rail project that aims to increase the efficiency of goods movement and reduce congestion.

The Double Track Access from Pier G to Pier J Project adds a second rail line running approximately 8,000 feet long that enables four terminals in the port’s south basin area to simultaneously handle arriving and departing trains.

Construction on the $34.7 million project began in February 2020 and was partially funded by a $14 million grant from the state’s Trade Corridor Enhancement Program. The port contributed the remaining funds.

The scheme is part of Long Beach’s rail infrastructure capital improvement program aimed at shifting more cargo to rail.

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“This project is an important piece of the rail improvement program that will increase efficiency and lower emissions at our Port,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia.

“We’re continuing to invest in strengthening our supply chain, prioritising environmental sustainability and reducing impacts on the communities surrounding the Port.”

Mario Cordero, Executive Director for the Port of Long Beach, added: “This project will streamline operations and reduce truck trips at a time we are experiencing an unprecedented growth in cargo.

“Our investments in on-dock rail will help the Port remain globally competitive and environmentally sustainable well into the future.”

Sharon L. Weissman, Vice President of the Long Beach Harbor Commission, also commented: “Alleviating truck traffic will enhance air quality and decrease the impact of Port operations on the surrounding community. Moving goods more efficiently and sustainably remains one of our top priorities.”

The Port of Long Beach’s Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility has also recently received final federal approval from the US Maritime Administration.

The administration approved the $1.5 billion project on 18 April.

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