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BNSF’s proposed Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) facility will help to meet the current and future demands of goods movement in the most efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. SCIG will allow trucks to bring cargo from the ports just four miles before transferring them onto rail, rather than driving 20 miles up the 710 Freeway to BNSF's Commerce rail yard. SCIG would be located between Sepulveda Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway, west of the Terminal Island Freeway in a heavily industrialized area with direct access to the Alameda Corridor.

BNSF is committed to setting a new standard for environmental stewardship by building the greenest intermodal facility in the United States. BNSF is investing more than $100 million in green technologies, including electric cranes, ultra-low emissions switching locomotives, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-fueled or equivalent yard hostlers and Installation of solar panels at the facility. BNSF will also fund up to $3 million for the purposes of developing a zero emission container movement system.

SCIG will only be served by 2010 or newer trucks, exceeding Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) requirements. Trucks serving SCIG will not travel in residential neighborhoods and will not travel north of PCH on the Terminal Island Freeway. Nevertheless, subject to obtaining right-of-way from the City of Long Beach:

  • BNSF will construct a permanent, 12-foot-high soundwall along the eastern side of the Terminal Island Freeway, from W. 20th St. to Sepulveda Blvd. After construction of the soundwall, BNSF has offered to install landscaping along the length of the soundwall.
  • BNSF will plant intensive landscaping on the west side of the Terminal Island Freeway between PCH and Sepulveda Boulevard.
  • BNSF will also construct a permanent 24-foot high sound barrier as an extension to the existing 24-foot high soundwall north of Sepulveda Blvd at Jeanette Pl. 

BNSF will build a dedicated ramp from PCH into SCIG and will have an improved ramp from the facility to PCH off of the south service road. Trucks will be monitored with GPS to ensure compliance with required truck routes. At facility opening, 10% of trucks will be LNG or equivalent emissions, increasing to 50% by 2022, 75% by 2023 and 90% by 2026.