The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners last week voted to accept $17 million in grants from a federal transportation program to help fund the “Green Port Gateway,” which will improve rail flow and the environment at the Port of Long Beach, according to a press release issued by the Port on June 22.
The Green Port Gateway Project, which includes an Ocean Boulevard track realignment and construction of a Pier F rail support yard, will go out for bid this summer, with construction expected to begin in early 2013.
The project will add a third rail line, helping to remove bottlenecks on the existing mainline track to allow Port terminals to shift cargo from trucks to trains, which is expected to decrease local traffic congestion and air pollution. The improvements are also expected to minimize derailments and optimize rail traffic flow to the waterfront terminals. The project will cost an estimated $60 million and take 19 months to construct.
The federal funds come from the U.S Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. The project is expected to create about 340 jobs during construction.
Source: Port of LB