Port of Long Beach Releases Environmental Study on Proposed Rail Support Facility

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The Port of Long Beach (POLB) released a draft environmental study this week on a proposal to redevelop a rail yard that would allow for the assembly of longer trains within the Harbor District, enabling movement of cargo and more sustainable operations.

The proposed Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility would be operated by Pacific Harbor Line, and would shift more cargo to “on-dock rail,” where containers are placed directly on trains at marine terminals. No trucks would visit the facility.

Pacific Harbor Line is a switching railroad, and has converted to a fleet of clean diesel locomotives to reduce air pollution as well as save fuel.

“The proposed development would enhance the efficiency of goods movement at the Port of Long Beach,” said Interim Chief Executive Duane Kenagy in a statement. “This project is vital to our efforts to modernize the Port and continue to lead the way in environmental sustainability.”

The port’s draft environmental impact report (DEIR) analyzes the impacts of the proposed development, and considers the mitigation measures that would be used to address those impacts.

The POLB will welcome public comment on the study through Monday, February 13, 2017.

The document can be viewed here.

Written comments can be sent to Heather Tomley, Director of Environmental Planning, 4801 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach, CA 90815 or via email [email protected]

Two public hearings will be held in January to offer the public an opportunity to comment in person on the document:

  • 6:00PM Wednesday, January 11, Silverado Park, 1545 West 31st Street.
  • 6:00PM Wednesday, January 18, Port of Long Beach Interim Administrative Offices, 4801 Airport Plaza Drive.

For more information, visit the website here.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist. She was recently awarded first place in writing by the California News Publisher Association for her profile on local artist Narsiso Martinez.