Budget approved for expanded rail yard in the Port of Long Beach

Posted: 26 September 2018 | | No comments yet

Designed to shift more shipping containers from trucks to rail, the new facility will result in a more efficient and sustainable transfer of cargo, helping the Port of Long Beach to stay competitive and meet environmental targets.

The new facility will be designed to shift more shipping containers from trucks to rail. Photo Credit: Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved an $870 million budget to build a new on-dock rail support facility.

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

Demand for on-dock rail in the harbour is expected to double by 2035.

“The Port’s $1 billion rail programme 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.”

Port of Long Beach Executive Director, Mario Cordero, said: “Projects like the Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility show our commitment to finding ways to deliver operational excellence for our customers while reducing environmental impacts on the community. This development is strategically planned to deliver several key improvements within the next six years. These will provide major incremental benefits to the Port’s on-dock rail network, improving the flow of cargo to and from our marine terminals.”

Currently, the ability to build long trains is limited due to the 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 one-mile-long train can take as many as 750 trucks off the roadways.

A video about the project can be viewed below: