The Port of Long Beach is proposing to reconfigure, expand and enhance the existing Pier B rail facility located along Anaheim Street and the 710 Freeway to support more efficient use of “on-dock” rail at the Port’s shipping terminals, which will in turn ease roadway traffic congestion and improve air quality.
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The Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility Project proposes to:
- Improve roadway traffic flow to enhance motorist and rail safety by eliminating the existing railroad crossing at the 9th Street and Pico Avenue intersection.
- Reconfigure existing tracks and add additional tracks to allow trains up to 10,000 feet long to directly connect to the on-dock rail facilities and the Alameda Corridor railway.
- Potentially acquire additional land to the north of the Pier B rail facility (as far as 12th Street, but south of Anaheim Street in West Long Beach) to provide for additional rail car storage and staging. Other small parcels located in the vicinity of the Alameda Corridor to Ocean Boulevard may also be acquired.
- Potentially remove the ramps connecting 9th Street and the Shoemaker Bridge.
The existing Pier B rail facility serves as a storage and staging area for trains and is a critical juncture in the Port’s rail network. The facility is primarily used by Pacific Harbor Line (PHL), which provides rail dispatching and switching services. PHL has been recognized as America’s “greenest” railroad for converting its fleet to clean diesel locomotives that dramatically reduce pollution and save fuel.
The project will allow trains up to 10,000 feet long to be loaded and unloaded at on-dock rail facilities at marine terminals to streamline rail operations, remove bottlenecks, and reduce the need for local truck trips.
The Port of Long Beach has prepared a Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the proposed project, fully studying the effects of the project on air quality, water quality, transportation, biological resources, and other issues. The public had several opportunities to comment on the draft EIR in person and in writing before the final EIR was considered by the Board of Harbor Commissioners.
To see the final EIR for the Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility, go to www.polb.com/ceqa.
The Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the project at its regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 22.
For more information on the project, please contact:
Director of Environmental Planning
Port of Long Beach
4801 Airport Plaza Drive
Long Beach, CA 90815
For more information, please call (562) 283-7100.