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UP to handle more containers, take more trucks off highways for L.A.-area ports


Union Pacific Railroad plans to modify its near-dock container transfer operation near the Port of Los Angeles to eliminate about 500,000 annual truck trips to and from downtown L.A.

UP will use its transfer facility to load and unload nearly all international containers not handled on dock so area ports don't have to truck containers to other intermodal ramps via highways. Containers will be transferred to rail cars, which UP will move through the Alameda Corridor to various U.S. destinations.

To accommodate traffic growth, officials from UP and several port authorities are considering whether to expand the railroad's facility to handle 1.6 million containers annually.

"An expanded facility will support port growth and promote increased use of the Alameda Corridor," said John Kaiser, UP vice president and general manager of intermodal marketing and sales, in a prepared statement.

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