Some of the key findings of the final EIR for the Southern California International Gateway project:
• SCIG will create up to 1,500 jobs per year over three years of construction
• According to IHS Global Insight, SCIG will create 22,000 new regional jobs, including 14,000 jobs in Los Angeles by 2036.
• That translates into $37 billion in wages for Southern Californians and an $84 billion increase in the region’s gross metro product.
• BNSF will offer a jobs training program and priority for qualified local applicants for new jobs at SCIG.
• BNSF has finalized a Project Labor Agreement worth $255 million with the Los Angeles/Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council for the construction of SCIG, ensuring well-trained union labor will build the facility.
• SCIG will be the greenest intermodal facility in the United States and will improve an existing industrial site.
• BNSF is investing more than $100 million in green technologies, including wide-span all-electric cranes, ultra-low emissions switching locomotives and low-emission yard hostlers.
• The port established a standard for new projects, and SCIG is 17 times cleaner than that standard.
• SCIG will only be served by 2007 or newer trucks.
• By 2023, 75% of the trucks serving SCIG will be LNG or equivalent emissions vehicles and by 2026, 90 percent of the trucks will meet that standard.
• SCIG will allow containers to be loaded onto rail just four miles from the docks, rather than 24 miles.
• SCIG will eliminate more than 1.5 million truck trips from the 710 freeway each year, reducing congestion and improving air quality.
• Trains will move 1.5 million more containers through the Alameda Corridor each year.
• The trucks will not travel in residential neighborhoods and will not travel north of PCH on the Terminal Island Freeway.
• Trucks will be monitored with GPS to ensure compliance with required truck routes.
• Three intersections analyzed in the EIR had improvements in service that would reduce travel time by 5-10%, with a corresponding reduction in idling, which in turn improves air quality and reduces gridlock.
o Two of the three intersections with improvements are in West Long Beach (PCH/Anaheim, PCH/Harbor Blvd)