Port Seeks Public Input on Rail Facility Proposal
Suggested issues to be reviewed in upcoming environmental study
September 14, 2009
The Port of Long Beach has begun public hearings on a proposal that would help increase the use of "on-dock" trains and reduce the need for as many local truck trips near the Port. See the fact sheet.
The Port will host the next public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 16, 2009, at the Port Administration Building, to gather comments and suggestions prior to an environmental review of the proposed "On-Dock Rail Support Facility."
The On-Dock Rail Support Facility, proposed for the northern area of the Port, is designed to reduce train bottlenecks and provide for greater use of on-dock rail. Loading and unloading cargo within the Port significantly reduces trips by short-haul (drayage) trucks throughout the region.
The Port has released a “Notice of Preparation,” on the proposal, the first step in the environmental review process. During the NOP phase, the public is invited to suggest issues to be examined in the draft Environmental Impact Report. The public and others will have the opportunity to comment on the Notice of Preparation in writing (by mail) or in person at two evening meetings:
- 6 p.m., Wednesday, September 2, at Long Beach City Council Chambers, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 90802
- 6 p.m., September 16, at the Port Administration Building, 925 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach, 90802
The proposed On-Dock Rail Support Facility would potentially redevelop and expand an existing rail support facility in the vicinity of 9th Street and Pier B Avenue in the Port of Long Beach. Including new tracks, the new facility would stretch from the Alameda Corridor in the north end of the Harbor District to Ocean Boulevard at the Port.
Send written comments to:
Richard D. Cameron
Director of Environmental Planning
Port of Long Beach
925 Harbor Plaza
Long Beach, CA 90802
If you have questions, call Stacey Crouch at (562) 590-4160.
The full Notice of Preparation is available online at www.polb.com/railNOP