nland Empire Officials Want More to Say in L.A. Port Issues (Channel 3ABC san diego 092906)
Inland Empire officials want more say in L.A. port issues
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. Leaders of Southern California's Inland Empire say growth at nearby L-A county ports are affecting traffic, air quality and jobs in their cities.They say cargo arriving at the Los Angeles-Long Beach seaport complex is continuing past the L-A County line into their region, and they want more infrastructure funding to deal with the influx. Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge says Inland cities are "asking for our fair share." He says two major railroads out of the ports meet in Colton in San Bernardino County and create traffic jams on major roads. Container traffic at the seaport complex is expected to nearly triple in the next 15 years. Southern California Association of Governments figures suggest truck traffic on the ten and 60 freeways moving goods through the area is expected to double by 2025.Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
BSRanch Perspective:You know that is the truth, with the way that things are growing, the Railway and the Freeway's are going to be jam packed with Trains, and trucks. the Rail is a better issue to try and expand, however there again is limited space to expand in some area's especially when they gave up so much of the rail during the deregulation of the railway system, that was when Southern Pacific, and Union Pacific joined into one company, because they could not compete with each other any more. the Deregulation of the rail systems made it to hard for them.Right now there are over 130 Long freights a day going up and down the Cajon Pass with a heavy Load on its way to the Mojave depot in Mojave, where it will be transformed on to another switching station and be switched off to their other route. The old Train Depot in Colton that was the western repair place is all closed now it is the loading and unloading of Truck boxes for transport of goods, and the other portion of the area that was the train depot for shipping, is now an Auto Delivery from Detroit, and the Ford Twin Cities plant etc etc.. if they are coming to California, especially Southern California then they go to the Colton Auto warehouse in Colton, now!! weird huh? But true.So, there is a potential for more growth here in the Inland Empire. Rialto's Yard has room to grow, and the area that they just closed in Bloomington can have tracks re-laid and opened and so can that of Colton's Yard in the Southern part of the city!!BS Ranch