Container cargo facility expansion planned near California ports

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The governing board of the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility Joint Powers Authority will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. PT to discuss the proposed modernization and expansion of the container cargo facility operated by Union Pacific Railroad. The ICTF is a 148-acre rail yard located west of Long Beach, five miles north of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles at the northern terminus of the Terminal Island (103) Freeway.

The meeting, to be held at Silverado Park Social Hall, 1545 W. 31st St., Long Beach, will include administrative items and an update on the preparation of a draft environmental impact report for the project. The agenda will be published on the JPA’s Website, http://www.ictf-jpa.org, once it is finalized. The meeting is open to the public, and attendees are welcome to address the board.

Union Pacific Railroad has proposed an ICTF modernization and expansion project that would more than double the cargo-handling capacity from 725,000 to 1.5 million containers per year. The proposed project would incorporate a number of environmental improvements, including the use of electric overhead cranes, cleaner yard tractors and ultra-low-emissions locomotives. The ICTF JPA has released a notice of preparation/initial study for the proposed project, which describes the project and discusses the likely environmental impacts of the project. These impacts will be fully analyzed and discussed in the draft EIR currently being written.