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ACTA: Railroads operate more trains, move more containers along L.A.'s Alameda Corridor in 2005


Last year, more than 17,000 trains used the Alameda Corridor compared with more than 14,000 trains in 2003, the corridor’s first full calendar year of operation, according to the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA). Opened in April 2002, the corridor — which connects the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., with downtown L.A. rail yards — averaged 47 trains a day in 2005.

In addition, the number of containers moved along the corridor totaled 3.75 million 20-foot equivalent units, a 20 percent increase compared with 2003.

“With the Alameda Corridor accommodating more than 34 percent of all imports, exports and empty container trips generated by the ports, ACTA saw nearly an 11 percent increase in fee revenues over 2004,” said ACTA Chairman and Long Beach Councilman Frank Colonna in a prepared statement. “Increased cargo movement along the corridor has also resulted in traffic congestion relief in the port complex and throughout the region.”