|Publisher||Society of Petroleum Engineers||Language||English|
|Content Type||Conference Paper|
|Title||Impacts of the Alameda Corridor Transportation Project in Metropolitan Los Angeles|
Carl Peter Ripaldi, Daniel, Mann, Johnson, & Mendenhall
SPE/EPA Exploration and Production Environmental Conference, 1-3 March 1999, Austin, Texas
1999. Society of Petroleum Engineers
The Alameda Corridor is a consolidated railroad link between the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the regional and national rail systems linking the nation. The Alameda Corridor Transportation Project is a 32 kilometer (20 mile) rail corridor, centered along Alameda Street, extending from downtown Los Angeles to the Ports, within which is proposed a consolidation of freight railroad service to the Ports. Such service is currently being provided by the Union Pacific/Southern Pacific (UP/SP) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (BNSF) railroads (Figure 1) The Alameda Corridor Transportation Project has been developing over the past 14 years. In 1985 an Alameda Corridor Task Force was formed which in turn led to the creation of a joint powers organization called the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority in 1989. A joint Environmental Impacts Report/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) was prepared for the project. The Final EIS was issued in February 1996, and a record of decision was issued in May, 1996.
The initial design work and EIS/EIR preparation commenced in 1991. A program management contract for work on the Alameda Corridor was issued to a joint venture team of four firms in the Los Angeles area; Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall; Moffett and Nichol Engineers; Jenkins, Gales, Martinez Engineers and TELACU. The Alameda Corridor Engineering Team (ACET) is a joint venture of these four engineering companies that provides design engineering, environmental compliance and construction management services for the project.
Need for the Project
Today, 25% of all U.S. waterborne international trade passes through the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles before reaching its markets! This represents more than $116 billion in trade each year. With the expansion of the Pacific Rim marketplace, this trade is anticipated to double by the year 2010. Where currently 34 trains a day traverse the Alameda Corridor, over 100 trains per day are anticipated by the year 2010. This would result in massive traffic jams and gridlock along the entire 20 mile length of the Corridor.
The Alameda Corridor will dramatically improve railroad and highway access to the Ports by consolidating over 90 miles of rail with 200 at-grade roadway crossings into a single 20 mile high capacity and fully grade separated rail corridor linking the San Pedro ports with the national railroad system. The project will also widen and improve the truck route paralleling the rail facility to expedite port truck traffic. The Alameda Corridor will also mitigate the adverse impacts of additional growth including highway traffic congestion, air pollution, vehicle delays at grade crossings, and noise in residential areas.
From a national perspective, the Alameda Corridor provides the efficient and cost-effective transportation capacity necessary for the United State to capitalize on the economic growth of the Pacific Rim. The cost of the Alameda Corridor is currently estimated at $2.4 billion.
Commencement of rail service along the Alameda Corridor is scheduled for 2002.
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