BNSF’s SCIG Railway Project

BNSFBNSF Calls Los Angeles City Council Approval of $500 Million SCIG Project a Vote for Jobs and a Greener Economy

LOS ANGELES, May 8, 2013 –BNSF Railway called today’s  Los Angeles City Council vote to approve BNSF’s Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) project a significant vote for jobs and a greener economy. The $500 million facility, located within four miles of the San Pedro Bay ports, will shorten the distance trucks loaded with cargo need to travel before transferring the containers to rail, instead of traveling 24 miles up the 710 Freeway. SCIG will support the competitiveness and accommodate forecasted growth of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which handle more than 40 percent of the nation’s container cargo and account for more than a million jobs in California.

“We applaud the Los Angeles City Council, the Mayor’s Office and the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commissioners for their commitment to green growth. With their input, BNSF’s SCIG project is setting a new standard of excellence in reducing emissions and realizing a positive impact on local communities,” said Matthew K. Rose, BNSF Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We appreciate the leadership of Mayor Villaraigosa and Councilman Buscaino and the support from a wide range of stakeholders to make today possible. We are investing more than $500 million in private funds to build this state-of-the-art facility, which will help keep the San Pedro ports competitive, and we look forward to the jobs, air quality and traffic benefits the facility will bring to Southern California.”

According to Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, “SCIG will be the greenest intermodal facility in the United States and will set the standard for future projects, by including more than $100 million in green technologies, clean trucks and funding for zero emissions research. This project demonstrates that it’s possible to achieve air quality and health risk improvements and keep the international trade industry in Southern California strong.”

Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary–Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, added, “SCIG will create thousands of good construction jobs and thousands of permanent jobs at a time when unemployment still remains high. We also applaud BNSF for being a leader in creating the nation’s greenest intermodal facility, significantly improving air quality and decreasing health risks in our communities.”

While eliminating millions of truck miles from the 710 Freeway, BNSF will clean up an existing industrial site and replace it with a new intermodal facility featuring 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 allow only trucks meeting the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) goal of allowing only trucks built in or after 2010 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 will also implement a phase-in of zero or near-zero emissions technologies into specifications for drayage trucks serving SCIG when they are determined to be technically and commercially feasible.

BNSF has 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 will build a soundwall along the eastern side of the Terminal Island Freeway and plant intensive landscaping on both sides of the freeway.

BNSF has committed to create a local jobs training program and offer priority hiring for new jobs to qualified local job applicants.  BNSF has signed 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.

About BNSF

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. 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.

Contact: Lena Kent
(909) 386-4140
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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).
Workforce:
  • 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 by 2036.
  • Approximately 1,500 jobs annually (direct and secondary) could be added to the regional economy during the construction phase.
  • BNSF has concluded a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) worth $255 million with the Building Trades Council for the construction of the facility.
  • BNSF’s operating contractor will give qualified local residents first priority for all new jobs at SCIG.
  • BNSF will fund a workforce-training program to assist area residents in obtaining these jobs.
  • The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO adopted a resolution supporting SCIG as a direct result of the jobs and economic benefit it will provide.
Air Quality Benefits: The Port’s analysis concludes that proceeding with the project instead of continuing existing uses of the site results in air quality improvements and reductions in associated health risks for surrounding communities.
Health Risk Benefits: The Port’s analysis concludes that SCIG is far better than standards established by the Port for new projects. As compared to choosing the “No Project” alternative (a continuation of existing uses at the site) choosing to proceed with SCIG will result in an overall improvement in health risk.
Traffic Benefits: The EIR found that SCIG will have a positive impact on traffic, both locally and regionally, by eliminating millions of truck miles from the 710 Freeway, reducing congestion along the 710 corridor and around BNSF’s Hobart Yard in Commerce.

 

BNSF Commitments:
  • BNSF will participate in research on a zero-emissions container movement system, including:
    • Funding up to $3 million for purposes of developing a zero emission container movement system.
    • Working with both the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles, through the joint ports’ Technology Advancement Program, to advance zero emission technologies.
  • Only trucks exceeding the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) goal of 2010 or newer trucks will be used to transport cargo between the marine terminals and the facility. By 2023, 75% of the trucks moving cargo between SCIG and the marine terminals will be LNG or equivalent emissions vehicles. By 2026, 90% of the truck fleet serving SCIG will meet this requirement.
  • BNSF will implement a phase-in of zero or near-zero emissions technologies into specifications for drayage trucks serving SCIG when they are determined to be technically and commercially feasible.
  • Trucks will be required to avoid residential areas by traveling on designated, industrial routes with GPS tracking to ensure adherence.
  • Trucks will enter and queue along the western edge of the facility using automated gates to minimize idling.
  • BNSF will build a dedicated ramp from PCH into SCIG and will have an improved ramp from the facility to PCH off of the south service road.
  • SCIG will incorporate low-glare, directional crane lighting, perimeter lighting, and roadway lighting.
  • Subject to obtaining right-of-way from the City of Long Beach:
    • BNSF will construct a permanent, 12-foot-high soundwall along the eastern side of the Terminal Island Freeway and plant intensive landscaping on both sides of the freeway.
    • BNSF will also construct a permanent 24-foot high sound barrier as an extension to the existing 24-foot high soundwall north of Sepulveda Blvd at Jeanette Pl.
  • BNSF has committed to significant voluntary emissions reductions related to line haul locomotives calling at SCIG while on port properties. These emissions will be equivalent to a fleet of at least 50% Tier 4 line-haul locomotives and 40% Tier 3 line-haul locomotives by 2023, based on the commercial availability of operationally proven Tier 4 locomotives in 2015. Tier 4 locomotives are a new technology that does not exist yet and are not expected to be available until 2015. This emissions reduction may also be achieved by reductions in air emissions anywhere in the South Coast Air Basin equivalent to this goal through any other alternative means.
  • BNSF will evaluate and implement new technologies as feasible periodically throughout the term of the lease.
Fuel Efficiency:
  • Trains are three times more fuel efficient than trucks handling equivalent loads.
  • On average, a BNSF train can move one ton of freight about 500 miles on one gallon of diesel fuel.
  • One double stack intermodal train can take 280+ trucks off the highways.
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