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The Port of Long Beach in California will close the Ninth Street railroad crossing on March 9 in an effort to improve the speed of moving goods through the port by rail.
The operational closure is needed to allow marine terminals to move more cargo by on-dock rail instead of by truck, port officials said in a press release.
The closures will allow up to three additional on-dock trains to leave the port each week, which is equivalent of up to 2,250 truck trips, “improving efficiency in the port and air quality in the region," they said.
Trains leaving the port also will experience a reduction in wait times, they added.
Oversize trucks with special permits will be able to use the rail crossing at appointed times. Port, commuter, local traffic, most oversize and overweight cargo will use an alternative route.