|Location of the proposed SCIG. Click to enlarge.|
BNSF Railway Company announced a number of enhancements to its proposed Southern California International Gateway (SCIG), including a commitment that 100% of the truck fleet servicing SCIG will be model year 2007 or newer.
The use of the lower-emitting MY 2007 trucks would exceed compliance with the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP).
In addition to the original commitments—electric cranes, LNG or equivalent yard tractors (earlier post) and low-emission switch engines—BNSF also made several additional environmental commitments, including:
|Proposed site of BNSF’s SCIG railyard (shaded red). Click to enlarge.|
Trucks serving SCIG will be limited to traveling on specified non-residential truck routes and be equipped with global positioning satellite (GPS) devices to monitor and enforce compliance.
BNSF will plant an “urban forest” at the site to improve air quality and aesthetics.
The company also made a number of job opportunity commitments to the local community. BNSF made the adjustments based on input from residents, community leaders, and elected and port officials.
Trade flowing through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is expected to double by 2020 and nearly triple by 2030. The proposed SCIG would provide near-dock capacity with direct access to the Alameda Corridor, a 20-mile grade separated rail line between the ports and downtown Los Angeles.
Use of the gateway could eliminate more than one million truck trips per year on the I-710 freeway, according to advocates for the gateway.