By Karen Robes Meets, September 16, 2015
A third rail line has been added underneath Ocean Boulevard in Long
Beach, CA on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Wednesday marked the
completion of the nearly 3-year, $93 million Green Port Gateway project
that saw the addition of 6 miles of new rail track laid around the Port
of Long Beach. It's hoped that the project will reduce truck traffic and
pollution with more cargo being moved by rail.
Sounding train whistles, civic and harbor officials on Wednesday touted the completion of a three-year Port of Long Beach project that seeks to push more cargo on rail while eliminating the number of truck trips on the road.
in part with state and federal funds, the $93 million Green Port
Gateway project solves a critical part of managing cargo growth for the
nation’s second-busiest seaport by adding a third track on the southeast
side of the port to ease bottlenecks, officials said.
nearly 6-mile track near Ocean Boulevard serves the Long Beach Container
Terminal, International Transportation Service and Pacific Container
Terminal, which combined handle half of the cargo that flows through the
The project also supports Middle Harbor, a new mega-terminal
capable of handling 3 million container units and involved rebuilding
part of Harbor Scenic Drive and 6,000 feet of retaining wall.
Green Port Gateway rail project is a perfect example of the types of
initiatives that the Port of Long Beach will be embarking on to ensure
that we can move the cargo quickly,” said harbor commission board
President Lori Ann Guzman.
Officials also lauded the project’s
environmental benefits, which include eliminating as many as 2.3 million
truck trips and 300,000 tons of greenhouse gases. Trains put out
one-third less greenhouse gases on a ton-mile basis compared with
trucks, according to the port.
“It’s a very, very aggressive project, but I’ll tell you, it is
what drives all of the benefits of the environmental focus that we have
here for the port,” Chief Executive Jon Slangerup said.
project allows the Port of Long Beach to meet its near-term goal of
moving cargo by on-dock rail by 35 percent and eventually by 50 percent,
“(This) marks another big step as we build the port of the future here in Long Beach,” he said.