Long Beach port awarded rail development contract

Port of Long Beach awarded two engineering design work and programme management contract on the Pier B on-dock rail support facility project.
HDR Engineering was awarded the USD 38.75 million engineering design contract which includes programme-level design, utility, geotechnical and right-of-way analysis and planning, development of specifications for the first phase of rail improvements and the realignment of Pier B Street and support work ensuring the facility is designed and built to maximize on-dock rail use and efficiency.
The USD 17.5 million contract for programme management was awarded to Irvine-based Hill International which will assist the port with multiple administrative tasks including project management, design review, risk management, permitting, managing the programme’s schedule, budget, costs and progress, and business relocation and property acquisition.
The Pier B on-dock rail support facility project will reconfigure, expand and enhance the existing rail facility located southwest of West Anaheim Street and the 710 Freeway. When completed, the USD 870 million, 171-acre rail facility will be a full-service staging area for storing, sorting and assembling trains up to 10,000 feet long.
“Our commitment to operational excellence starts with comprehensive planning and design, ensuring that this state-of-the-art rail facility increases efficiencies for our customers while improving air quality for our community. Better, faster and safer on-dock rail service makes our Port more competitive and strengthens every link in the supply chain,” said Port Executive Director Mario Cordero.
Both contracts will be implemented within five years.
Under 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update, the San Pedro Bay ports committed to improving rail infrastructure in the harbor area so that 35% of all import containers leave the complex by on-dock rail. One double-stacked train eliminates about 750 truck trips, making on-dock rail both more efficient and sustainable. Currently, on-dock rail usage at the Port of Long Beach is about 24%.

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