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Eliminating an eyesore: ACTA, LA-area ports propose storing empty containers off site


Officials from the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) and ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., are studying ways to store empty containers in off-port locations to preserve the L.A. Harbor's scenic charm.

ACTA board members recently directed staff to identify potential off-dock storage facilities, determine ways to consolidate existing storage facilities, evaluate each proposal's operational and economic impacts, and propose an implementation plan.

"Although these containers are a byproduct of the trade that fuels this region, we want them stored in more logical locations," said ACTA Chairman and Long Beach Vice Mayor Frank Colonna in a prepared statement.

ACTA officials added the empty-container initiative to the authority's "Expanded Mission," a plan approved in January that provides $3.3 million in funding to address corridor goals.

"Few things would improve Wilmington and other harbor communities more than rounding up these unsightly cargo containers and storing them in centralized yards," said ACTA Vice Chair Janice Hahn.

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