ACT NOW: Support BNSF Project at Ports to Create Jobs* (Updated: WIN!)

Posted March 3rd, 2013 | Status: COMPLETE

 

(Updated 3.8.13: The LA Board of Harbor Commissioners yesterday voted to APPROVE the Southern California International Gateway project – read the full story here)

The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners is scheduled to consider certification of the Final EIR and approval of the BizFed-supported Southern California International Gateway Project at its Board meeting March 7 – ATTEND and show your support,

SCIG will eliminate more than 1.5 million truck trips from I-710 each year, providing local and regional air quality improvements and congestion relief, while creating thousands of direct and indirect jobs in Southern California and keeping our ports competitive.

ATTEND THE HEARING: 8:30 a.m. on March 7, 2013 at the Cruise Terminal Annex Building Rear Berth 92 San Pedro, CA 90731.

BNSF Railway and Port of Los Angeles have earned praise for their work on the Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) and the updated DEIR in editorials in the Daily Breeze and Press-Telegram.

The editorials note the project – a proposed near-dock rail facility at the Port of Los Angeles that will be the most environmentally-friendly intermodal yard in North America and will set a high standard for future intermodal projects – will benefit those nearby and throughout the region in terms of health risk improvements, air quality, reduced traffic, and job creation.

BizFed’s Board of Directors voted last year to support the project, and the editorials also recognized the fact that both the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor support the proposed rail yard – a rarely seen alliance when it comes to local infrastructure projects.

The editorials explain, “the proposed $500 million facility would allow trucks to load cargo containers on trains located closer to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, rather than having to haul the goods all the way to a rail yard closer to downtown Los Angeles.” This switch to rail would eliminate about 1.5 million annual truck trips from the 710 Freeway, relieving traffic and reducing diesel emissions along the Alameda Corridor.

The editorials continue, “The updated DEIR concludes that local residents and schools are far better off with BNSF’s proposed rail yard than the current use of the site by a trucking company. This is in part due to BNSF’s promise to spend $100 million on green technologies for SCIG, including electric cranes and low-emission locomotives.”

As the editorials conclude, it’s time to move this crucial project forward.

Read the full editorial: Here

BizFed’s Board of Directors has voted to support BNSF Railway’s proposed Southern California International Gateway project – which will create thousands of new jobs – and the public comment period has been extended.

Read BizFed’s support letter in our Action Alerts archive on this website,

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