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Alameda Corridor turns five, traces container traffic growth

Yesterday, the Alameda Corridor marked its fifth anniversary. And in that half decade, the corridor has hosted a growing number of intermodal trains and helped reduce air emissions, according to the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA).

By consolidating freight-rail operations and alleviating highway traffic congestion at more than 200 grade crossings, the corridor has reduced air emissions by more than 6,600 tons of pollutants.

In addition, since opening in 2002 as a four-lane freight-rail expressway between the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and downtown L.A., the corridor has increased traffic to the point it now handles about one-third of the ports’ average daily cargo volume. More than 83,000 trains carrying more than 9.8 million containers have traveled through the corridor since 2002.

And during the past four years, the corridor’s freight traffic has increased 106 percent — more than double the ports’ cargo growth rate, ACTA said.

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