THE Port of Long Beach has received US$52.3 million from the US Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD) to develop on-dock rail.
Construction on Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility is to begin in 2023, with tracks are expected to be completed in 2025, followed by project completion in 2032, reports Ventura, CA's gCaptain.
The planned $870 million project is the centerpiece of the Port of Long Beach's $1 billion rail capital improvement programme. Long Beach says the project, once the first tracks are completed in 2025, will help the port move more cargo by train, thereby reducing truck traffic.
No cargo trucks will visit the facility. Rather, smaller train segments will be brought to the facility and joined together into a full-sized train, allowing longer trains to be assembled.
The project encompasses about 171 acres in the harbour district and will require acquiring some properties in the project's footprint. The existing Pier B rail facility serves as a storage and staging area for trains and is primarily used by Pacific Harbour Line, which provides rail dispatching and switching.
"This is great news to hear at the end of what will be our busiest year ever," said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero.
Additional grant funding for the project has been provided by Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the California