Port of Long Beach presents spending plan for $ 52 million federal grant

Long Beach Harbor plans to improve rail lines are moving forward.

About 20% of grants paid by the US Department of Transportation last month will go to the Port of Long Beach.
The $ 52.3 million award is intended for the development of the B platform rail support facility, which when completed will allow it to move approximately 35% more freight by train and serve more efficiently longer trains.

Specifically, the three-segment project “will add a 10,000 foot support track in a critical freight corridor, build a new support facility for 24 locomotives, add three new yard tracks, and expand five existing tracks to increase capacity. operational efficiency for port freight and improve the safety of railway workers, ”according to the DOT announcement.
“This is great news to hear at the end of what will be our busiest year ever,” Port Executive Director Mario Cordero said in a statement. “It will help move cargo more efficiently through the port, more quickly moving products and goods needed by homes and businesses across America.”

DOT funding, which amounted to
$ 241 million and encompassed 25 projects, was provided through the Maritime Administration’s Port Infrastructure Development Program.
“US seaports play a vital role in our supply chains,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement. “These investments in our nation’s ports will help support American jobs, efficient and resilient operations, and faster delivery of goods.”

The Pier B rail facility serves as a storage and staging area for trains and is widely used by Wilmington-based Pacific Harbor Line Inc., which provides rail transportation, maintenance and dispatch services.

Construction of the railway platform support facility is expected to begin at the end of 2023 and be fully completed by 2032. The preliminary estimate for the construction of the locomotive facility is $ 15.7 million, while the construction estimate for the locomotive facility is $ 15.7 million. that the west and east extension of Yard B will cost $ 44.6 million and $ 24.5 million. million, respectively.

Additionally, the port said it received a $ 10 million grant from the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the project under Measure R, the I-710 Early Action Fund program and 16.3 million dollars in federal funding of the transportation bill managed by Metro and Caltrans.

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