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UP to modernize L.A. container transfer facility


Union Pacific Railroad has big plans for its Los Angeles Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF). The Class I aims to transform the 20-year old facility into the “most environmentally modern and efficient rail port in North America,” according to a prepared statement.

UP plans to spend about $300 million during several years to double the ICTF’s capacity and install new equipment, including 39 electric-powered, rail-mounted cantilever gantry cranes that will enable the railroad to replace 10 diesel gantry cranes and remove 71 of 73 diesel truck tractors.

The Class I will stack containers under the newly designed cantilever cranes to reduce space required for container storage, create a larger buffer zone between the rail yard and surrounding community, and eliminate the need to increase the facility’s size.

UP also plans to install a hooded lighting system to direct light away from adjacent neighborhoods and an automatic gate system featuring optical character recognition to speed in- and out-gate movements. In addition, the railroad will add gate lanes to reduce truck dwell times about 50 percent and replace switchers with “Gen-Set” locomotives to cut air emissions.

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