Green Port Gateway project slated to create 340 jobs

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<strong>The Green Port Gateway project is expected to eliminate nearly 2.3 million truck trips from local roadways by 2035.</strong>

The Green Port Gateway project is expected to eliminate nearly 2.3 million truck trips from local roadways by 2035.

During the final round of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) funding, the Port of Long Beach was awarded $17 million to help fund a rail track improvement project that will allow for a shift of more cargo from trucks to trains. The Green Port Gateway project, scheduled to begin construction in 2012, will lay 16,400 feet of new track to realign tracks and relieve a rail chokepoint at the Ocean Boulevard overcrossing near the 710 Freeway. The project is expected to create 340 full-time construction related jobs.
“We are very grateful to the Department of Transportation and all who supported us in securing these funds, including Congresswoman Laura Richardson, Mayor Bob Foster, State Senator Alan Lowenthal, Assembly members Bonnie Lowenthal and Warren Furutani, among others,” said J. Christopher Lytle, executive director of the Port of Long Beach. “This project will not only bring jobs, which are critical during these tough economic times, but also enhance both our region’s and the nation’s long-term economic competitiveness by improving the Port’s rail system.”
By improving rail transportation in and out of the Port complex, the Green Port Gateway is expected to eliminate nearly 2.3 million truck trips from local roadways by 2035. Reduced truck trips will alleviate traffic congestion and cut air pollution.
The $66 million project is part of the larger San Pedro Bay Ports Rail Enhancement Program, which involves several interrelated projects proposed by the Port of Long Beach, the Port of Los Angeles and the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority. For the Green Port Gateway project, $27 million has been secured from the state’s Proposition 1B Trade Corridor Improvement Fund. The $17 million in TIGER funds help bring state and federal contributions to $44 million, allowing the Port to move more quickly on this project. Construction is expected to last about a year.