Los Angeles City Council has voted to approve the BNSF Railway's US$500 million Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) project that will cut truck transits to four miles to rail yards, avoiding a 24-mile trek on major highways.
BNSF said SCIG would "support the competitiveness and accommodate forecasted growth of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach", which handles 40 per cent of US container cargo, reports Lloyd's Loading List.
Said Burlington Northern Santa Fe chairman and CEO Matthew Rose: "We applaud the Los Angeles City Council, the mayor's office and the Port of Los Angeles Harbour Commissioners for their commitment to green growth."
As it stands, BNSF loads on-dock or must truck boxes to its Los Angeles-based Hobart Intermodal Facility off the 710 freeway 24 miles away.
Said LA city councillor Joe Buscaino: "SCIG will be the greenest intermodal facility in the United States and will set the standard for future projects, by including more than $100 million in green technologies, clean trucks and funding for zero emissions research."
But that means only trucks meeting the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan will be allowed to participate taking cargo between the marine terminals and the rail yard, cutting out many independent owner-operators who do not drive the LNG or equivalent emissions vehicles required.