BNSF Issues Statement on SCIG Court Ruling
On March 30, 2016, the court ruled in the trial related to the environmental analysis for the proposed Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) project, an intermodal rail facility near the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach that would have eliminated millions of truck miles from the 710 Freeway each year.
Steve Bobb, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, said, “After a thorough review of the ruling, BNSF is troubled by what the decision represents and uncertain whether moving forward with the project is feasible at this time. We will confer with Port of Los Angeles officials, but it is not clear whether or how the project could be built under the framework set by the decision.”
While this ruling is disappointing for BNSF and the Port of Los Angeles, it is a major loss for both ports, the local community and the region. The ports miss the opportunity to have a green, efficient facility that serves their customers and bolsters their competitiveness, while the community and broader region won’t benefit from the traffic reductions, air quality improvements and good jobs SCIG would have brought. It’s notable that this ruling came just before California’s legislature voted to enact the highest minimum wage in the country, since SCIG would provide family-wage jobs with a solid career path.
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