SUPPORT Needed: BNSF SCIG Project Hearing March 7
The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners is scheduled to consider certification of the Final EIR and approval of the BizFed-supported Southern California International Gateway Project at its Board meeting March 7 - ATTEND and show your support,
SCIG will eliminate more than 1.5 million truck trips from I-710 each year, providing local and regional air quality improvements and congestion relief, while creating thousands of direct and indirect jobs in Southern California and keeping our ports competitive.
ATTEND THE HEARING: 8:30 a.m. on March 7, 2013 at the Cruise Terminal Annex Building Rear Berth 92 San Pedro, CA 90731.
After nearly eight years of review, now is the time to show your support! You can bring cleaner air, more jobs and less traffic to your community! Make your voice heard!
- Attend the board meeting on March 7
- Send an email to the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners: email@example.com
The Los Angeles Harbor Department has released the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project at http://www.portoflosangeles.org/EIR/SCIG/FEIR/feir_scig.asp
BNSF Railway and Port of Los Angeles have earned praise for their work on the Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) and the updated DEIR in editorials in the Daily Breeze and Press-Telegram.
The editorials note the project – a proposed near-dock rail facility at the Port of Los Angeles that will be the most environmentally-friendly intermodal yard in North America and will set a high standard for future intermodal projects - will benefit those nearby and throughout the region in terms of health risk improvements, air quality, reduced traffic, and job creation.
BizFed’s Board of Directors voted last year to support the project, and the editorials also recognized the fact that both the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor support the proposed rail yard - a rarely seen alliance when it comes to local infrastructure projects.
The editorials explain, “the proposed $500 million facility would allow trucks to load cargo containers on trains located closer to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, rather than having to haul the goods all the way to a rail yard closer to downtown Los Angeles.” This switch to rail would eliminate about 1.5 million annual truck trips from the 710 Freeway, relieving traffic and reducing diesel emissions along the Alameda Corridor.
The editorials continue, “The updated DEIR concludes that local residents and schools are far better off with BNSF's proposed rail yard than the current use of the site by a trucking company. This is in part due to BNSF’s promise to spend $100 million on green technologies for SCIG, including electric cranes and low-emission locomotives.”
As the editorials conclude, it's time to move this crucial project forward.
Read the full editorial: Here
You Can Make The Difference:
- Encourage your family, friends and neighbors to speak up
- Learn more at www.bnsfconnects.com or www.Facebook.com/SouthernCaliforniaInternationalGateway