LOS ANGELES--()--BNSF Railway today called the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners decision to recommend approval of the Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) project a significant vote for both a greener environment and jobs.
“We appreciate all the support today from a wide range of stakeholders and stand ready to invest $500 million to build this state-of-the-art facility and bring jobs, air quality and traffic benefits to Southern California while helping keep the San Pedro ports competitive.”
“The Commissioners’ vote today validates that building SCIG is the right choice for green growth in Los Angeles and will be a new environmental model for the rest of the country,” said Matthew K. Rose, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BNSF. “We appreciate all the support today from a wide range of stakeholders and stand ready to invest $500 million to build this state-of-the-art facility and bring jobs, air quality and traffic benefits to Southern California while helping keep the San Pedro ports competitive.”
The Los Angeles City Council is expected to review and vote on the project in the near future.
While eliminating millions of truck miles up and down the 710 Freeway, BNSF will clean up an existing industrial site and replace it with a new intermodal facility that will set a new benchmark for future facilities in California. SCIG will feature wide-span all-electric cranes, ultra-low emission switching locomotives and low-emission rail yard equipment. In addition to these innovations, BNSF has committed to changing the status quo for how trucks serve intermodal facilities by allowing only trucks meeting the Port’s Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) goal of 2010 or newer trucks to transport cargo between the marine terminals and the facility. By 2026, 90 percent of the truck fleet will be LNG or equivalent emissions vehicles. Trucks will be required to avoid residential areas by traveling on designated, industrial routes with GPS tracking to ensure compliance. BNSF has also agreed to contribute up to $3 million to the joint Port of Los Angeles-Port of Long Beach Technology Advancement Program to further the development of zero-emission goods-movement technologies.
BNSF has committed to create a local jobs training program and offer priority hiring for new jobs to qualified local job applicants. BNSF has concluded a Project Labor Agreement worth $255 million with the Building and Construction Trades Council that will result in approximately 1,500 jobs per year during construction. By 2036, IHS Global Insight forecasts the facility will create 22,000 new direct and indirect jobs in Southern California, including 14,000 new direct and indirect jobs in Los Angeles.
BNSF Railway is one of North America's leading freight transportation companies operating on 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain and agricultural products and industrial goods such as petroleum, chemicals, housing materials, food and beverages. BNSF's shipments help feed, clothe, supply, and power American homes and businesses every day. BNSF and its employees have developed one of the most technologically advanced, and efficient railroads in the industry. We work continuously to improve the value of the safety, service, energy, and environmental benefits we provide to our customers and the communities we serve. You can learn more about BNSF at www.BNSF.com. Learn more about SCIG on Facebook, Twitter and at BNSFConnects.com.
Project Fact Sheet
Southern California International Gateway (SCIG)
|Project Purpose:||Create comparable near-dock capacity for all Class I railroads to accommodate anticipated port growth while reducing energy consumption, highway congestion and environmental emissions, increasing fluidity and throughput of on-dock rail facilities, increasing use of the Alameda Corridor, and providing competitive choices for shippers and port customers consistent with the Port of Los Angeles’ adopted Port Rail Policy.|
|Main Facility Location:||Existing industrial sites of approximately 156 acres with the primary project area between Sepulveda Blvd, Pacific Coast Highway, the Dominguez Channel and the Terminal Island Freeway.|
|Private Investment:||$500 million of private investment (including in excess of $100 million in increased cost due to investments in green technology).|
|Traffic Benefits:||The EIR found that SCIG will have a positive impact on traffic, both locally and regionally, by eliminating more than 1.5 million trucks from the 710, reducing congestion along the 710 corridor and around BNSF’s Hobart Yard in Commerce.|