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Thursday, February 28, 2013    

L.A. port issues final environmental report for BNSF's proposed intermodal facility

The Port of Los Angeles has released a Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for BNSF Railway Co.'s proposed Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) project.

The project involves the construction of an intermodal facility on outer port property. The $500 million SCIG is designed to be the greenest U.S. intermodal terminal and will feature wide-span electric cranes, ultra-low-emission switchers and low-emission yard equipment.

The terminal will enable containers to be loaded onto rail cars four miles from docks at the ports of L.A. and Long Beach, Calif., instead of being transported 24 miles on local roads and a freeway to downtown rail facilities. About 1.5 million more containers will move through the Alameda Corridor each year because of the SCIG, significantly reducing truck traffic congestion in the area, according to BNSF.

The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners will consider certifying the Final EIR at a March 7 meeting.

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