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A plan that could potentially eliminate tons of harmful air emissions at the Port of Long Beach each year by shifting more shipping containers from trucks to trains will move forward, after the harbor commission’s recent approval of the project’s $870 million budget.
The project, approved earlier this month, includes reconfiguring, expanding and enhancing the capacity of the existing Pier B on-dock rail facility, increasing the port’s ability to build longer trains. Those trains could then move more cargo more quickly — reducing the number of diesel-spewing trucks on the road. Each on-dock rail train saves about 750 truck trips between the port and off-dock rail yards, according to port data.
The first train tracks are expected to be completed in 2024, according to the port; more would come online in 2030 and the project would be finished by 2032.
The port’s eventual goal is to ship 35 percent of its containers by on-dock rail, an increase from the current 25-to-26 percent, but there is no specific target date to reach that percentage, Peterson said.
The port has said that it expects demand for on-dock rail in the harbor to double by 2035.
This article first appeared on www.presstelegram.com
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