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Long Beach Port Has Big Goals for Rail Expansion

Release Date: 2019-01-25

By Kelsi Maree Borland 

The Port of Long Beach is inching closer to its pioneering goals for rail—all part of an effort to create a greener and more efficient port. At the annual State of the Port address, Mario Cordero announced several plans to expand and improve the Port of Long Beach’s dock rail system, including a $1 billion commitment from the Harbor Commission for train improvements. The port has a long-term goal of moving 50% of all cargo by dock rail, but these improvements, once complete, will bring the port to 35% this year.

“This is visionary. This port is taking the lead in rail,” Cordero, executive director at the Port of Long Beach, said at the State of the Port address. “Rail allows us to move goods to and from all major US markets much faster than cargo through the Gulf and East Coast ports. This is true of imports and exports.”

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