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The U.S. Maritime Administration has issued a final environmental impact statement and record of decision, approving the planned Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility at the Port of Long Beach, California.
Located southwest of Anaheim Street and the 710 Freeway, the planned $1.5 billion project is the centerpiece of the port’s rail improvement program. The Pier B facility is designed to shift more cargo to “on-dock rail,” where containers are moved directly to and from marine terminals by rail, significantly reducing trips by trucks throughout the region.
"This project will help cargo move more efficiently, and it’s vital to maintaining our competitiveness and meeting our environmental goals," said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Steven Neal in a press release.
In December 2021, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $52.3 million to help fund the facility’s development.
Phase 1 construction, expected to be completed in 2025, will double the capacity of the existing Pier B rail yard. Street realignments and other component projects will continue to improve operations as they are finished, port officials said.
The project is scheduled for full completion in 2032. No cargo trucks will visit the facility.
Click here to view the EIS.