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Union Pacific to expand intermodal yards 50 miles east of LA-Long Beach

THE Union Pacific (UP) railway will increase its intermodal capacity in southern California by expanding its West Colton rail yard, with expected future services to Dallas and the southeast, reports IHS Media

13 May 2021 - 19:00
THE Union Pacific (UP) railway will increase its intermodal capacity in southern California by expanding its West Colton rail yard, with expected future services to Dallas and the southeast, reports IHS Media.

The Inland Empire Intermodal Terminal will start as a 'pop-up' facility at the west end of the West Colton yard before it is moved and expanded into the main part of the yard in future phases, said UP.



'We are excited to expand our intermodal presence and do it where we can reduce truck traffic on California's highways, cut drayage costs, and compete effectively for domestic intermodal freight,' said UP vice president Kenny Rocker.



The Inland Empire, located about 50 miles east of the of Los Angeles and Long Beach, is a hub of warehouses and import distribution centres that serve both the large local market and population centres in the eastern half of the US. The new capacity will help UP accommodate the growing volumes of freight that are transloaded from marine containers to domestic containers for shipment by rail.



UP's Inland Empire project is being built as a domestic intermodal facility that will utilize long well cars as opposed to the shorter railcars that carry marine containers moving intact from the ports, the company said.


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