The Port of Los Angeles in the US has received a $21m grant from California’s Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (TCEP) to support the expansion of its on-dock rail operations.

As part of the $34m Terminal Island Railyard Enhancement Project, Port of Los Angeles intends to expand an intermodal rail storage yard on Terminal Island.

Tracks will be expanded by 31,000 linear feet to increase the number of storage tracks from six to 11.

It is also set to increase the capacity of the port’s Pier 400 on-dock railyard by up to 525,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) annually.

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“It is a key element of regional and state transportation plans to improve safety and traffic conditions along some of our nation’s most crowded commuter and freight corridors.”

Additional capacity at another major storage and staging yard on Terminal Island will improve overall rail operations across the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The project is expected to reduce truck trips, tailpipe emissions and congestion on nearby streets and freeways, as well as eliminate around 1,250 truck trips per day by 2040.

The Terminal Island Railyard Enhancement Project is part of eight interrelated rail projects, together known as America’s Global Freight Gateway: Southern California Rail Project.

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Port of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka said: “Expanding this rail yard creates a ripple effect of intermodal efficiencies within the Port of Los Angeles and throughout the entire San Pedro Bay port complex.

“It is a key element of regional and state transportation plans to improve safety and traffic conditions along some of our nation’s most crowded commuter and freight corridors.”