Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility

Port of Long Beach cranes at sunset

Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility

The Port of Long Beach is modernizing its on-dock rail support infrastructure to reap more of the sustainable benefits of shipping goods by rail rather than truck. HDR is providing final engineering design services for the Port’s Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility. 

On-dock rail helps reduce traffic congestion by taking trucks off the road. One double-stacked intermodal train can eliminate up to 750 local truck trips, and trains are up to four times more fuel efficient. Good for the environment as well as business, this project will enhance capacity, velocity and safety, increasing the number of containers shipped by rail from the port.

Key components of the $870 million project include realignment of the existing Pier B Street and Pico Avenue; closure of the Ninth Street grade crossing; expansion of the existing yard to 38 storage tracks; expansion of inbound-outbound staging tracks to accommodate up to five 10,000 foot trains; removal of the Shoemaker Bridge ramps and other streets between 9th Street and 12th Street; relocation of existing utilities; relocation of existing main-line tracks into the North Harbor area; and widening of the Dominguez Channel Bridge to accommodate an additional track.

The work continues HDR’s involvement with the project. We previously helped the port with preliminary engineering services and environmental support. Moving forward we will lead design, as well as site investigations, traffic studies, structural analyses, lighting analyses and more.

We are also coordinating the design of utility relocations, working closely with POLB, the cities of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and third party utility owners. Our team is coordinating with more than 40 utility owners and agencies with over 700 utility lines. Our holistic utility approach includes extensive subsurface and pothole investigations.

In support of the Port’s Green Port Policy, HDR will also perform support work to ensure that the new facility is sustainably designed and constructed to maximize on-dock rail use and efficiency.

HDR is working with 24 subconsultants on the Pier B project, scheduled to be completed in three phases, with the first phase expected to be completed by 2024.

Port of Long Beach cranes at sunset
Port of Long Beach

Long Beach, CA
United States