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Port Of L.A. Rail Yard Project To Generate Up To 2,000 Jobs

Groundbreaking Scheduled For January 16

By Kendra Ablaza, Staff Writer

January 15, 2013 - A rail yard project expected to create about 2,000 jobs is slated to break ground in Wilmington tomorrow morning.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles city councilman Joe Buscaino debut the Berth 200 Rail Yard and Roadway, a project of the Port of Los Angeles, at 9:30 a.m. on January 16. Port officials said the intermodal rail yard project will bring about 2,000 direct construction and other indirect jobs, and is projected to generate $1 billion in annual state revenues by 2030.

Spanning 46 acres, the $137 million rail project at South Alameda Street and McFarland Avenue will act as a queuing yard for storage. The yard is expected to help clear local railroads and increase the operational speed of nearby port container terminal facilities.

The rail yard will also decrease the amount of daily truck trips on the Long Beach (710) and Harbor (110) freeways by summer 2014, officials said.