California State Transportation Agency officials announced a $383.35 million grant for the Port of Long Beach to complete construction aimed at zero-emissions operations and enhancing the reliability and efficiency of cargo movement.
s part of the state’s Port and Freight Infrastructure Program, nearly $225 million will fund a variety of zero-emissions cargo-moving equipment and supportive infrastructure projects across the Port of Long Beach, and include “top handlers” and other manually operated cargo-handling equipment, as well as tugboats and locomotives.
Thank you Gov. Gavin Newsom for delivering a golden opportunity to increase cargo capacity, improve operational efficiency and put the Port of Long Beach one step closer to reaching its environmental goals
… said Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson
The sum is the single largest grant the Port has ever received to support the zero-emissions goals of the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update.
Additionally, $158.4 million of the state grant will go toward the planned Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility, which will shift more cargo from trucks to on-dock rail, where containers are taken to and from marine terminals by trains.
The $1.57 billion facility will be built in phases, with construction scheduled to begin in 2024 and be completed in 2032.
This game-changing grant will make a tremendous difference in our efforts to bring more business and jobs to the harbor, enhance the efficiency of cargo movement and accelerate the Port’s ongoing transformation to zero-emission operations
… said Port of Long Beach CEO Mario Cordero
As part of its Clean Air Action Plan, or CAAP, the Port of Long Beach has set a goal of zero-emissions terminal operations by 2030, and zero-emissions trucking by 2035. The Port has a long track record of air quality improvement projects that have dramatically lowered emissions since 2005.
Officials hailed Thursday’s grant announcement as a major step forward in the effort to continue improving the port’s sustainability – especially when it comes to air quality – and to build rail facilities needed to speed cargo to its destination.
These critical projects will make the Port stronger, more competitive and a better neighbor well into the future.
… said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Sharon L. Weissman.
The 2022-2023 state budget sets aside $2.3 billion for supply chain resilience, including one-time funding totaling $1.2 billion for the Port and Freight Infrastructure Program to support goods movement networks affected by the pandemic-induced cargo surge that resulted in unprecedented congestion at California’s seaports.
This grant will bring in much-needed clean air technology, equipment, and infrastructure to continue to tackle and prevent supply chain challenges, and to reduce emissions from goods movement
… said State Sen. Lena Gonzalez, whose district includes the Port of Long Beach.
The program’s goal is to improve the capacity, safety, efficiency and resilience of goods movement through California’s seaports, while also enhancing air quality and growing the state’s economic competitiveness.