Friday, October 11, 2013

ICTF Board Schedules Public Meeting

The governing board of the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) Joint Powers Authority (JPA) will conduct a public meeting at 6 p.m., Wed., Oct. 23 to discuss, among other things, the status of the preparation and future release of an Environmental Impact Report for the ICTF Modernization and Expansion Project.

The project, which is operated by Union Pacific under a sublease from the JPA, seeks to enhance the flow of truck and rail cargo through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The 148-acre facility is located about five miles north of POLA and POLB, at the northern terminus of State Highway 103. The $300 million project would be paid for by the two ports, which will recoup the construction costs through the lease to Union Pacific.

If completed, the modernization could double the throughput of the ICTF to more than 1.5 million TEUs per year by reconfiguring the yard, adding additional tracks, constructing a new gate, and improving the existing gate facility. The project would also shrink the footprint of the ICTF to 177 acres and substantially increase the buffer area between the facility and the neighboring community.

The JPA and Union Pacific have pledged to reduce air emissions and noise/light pollution through various proposals including the use of low- and zero-emissions yard equipment within the facility.

The meeting is scheduled for Silverado Park Social Hall, 1545 W. 31st St., Long Beach. For more information about the project or upcoming public meeting, visit the JPA’s website at