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3/20/2018



Rail News: Short Lines & Regionals

Pacific Harbor Line marks two decades of service


PHL was organized by Anacostia in 1998 to provide railroad switching, track maintenance and dispatching services to the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
Photo – anacostia.com

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The Pacific Harbor Line (PHL) this year marks its 20th anniversary.

The Anacostia Rail Holdings-owned short line held a ceremony last month to mark the occasion. The event included a tour of PHL facilities aboard a special train, Anacostia officials said in a press release.

PHL was organized by Anacostia in 1998 to provide railroad switching, track maintenance and dispatching services to the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Each day, the railroad switches nine on-dock intermodal terminals and dispatches more than 140 intermodal or unit trains.

Since its inception, PHL has aimed to offer "neutral service" to all its partners, which includes the two ports, BNSF Railway Co., Union Pacific Railroad and several carload customers.

"These parties need to work together, but they also compete with each other," said Anacostia Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Bruce Lieberman. "Over the past two decades, Pacific Harbor Line has consistently fulfilled its mission: safe, effective service, with fairness to all parties."

In 2014, PHL received four separate safety awards, PHL President Otis Cliatt II noted at the event.



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