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Alameda Corridor's train traffic rises 15 percent in 2006


The Alameda Corridor continued to be a key southern California intermodal route last year. A total of 19,924 trains — averaging 55 per day — used the 20-mile corridor, a 15 percent increase compared with 2005 data, according to the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA).

In addition, trains moving through the corridor in 2006 hauled about 5 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), up 32 percent compared with 2005’s 3.75 million TEUs. On average, trains move 14,000 TEUs through the Alameda Corridor daily — more than twice the Port of Oakland’s daily cargo volume, ACTA said.

A trade impact study recently released by ACTA and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which are served by the corridor, shows the ports handle more than 40 percent of the nation’s total containerized import traffic and 24 percent of exports.

Since the Alameda Corridor opened in April 2002 as a four-lane freight-rail expressway between the ports and downtown L.A. rail yards, the route’s cargo volume has shot up 106 percent, ACTA said.

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