Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority

by | Mar 20, 2023

Right On Track

The Alameda Corridor is a 20-mile freight rail expressway owned by Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA). It connects the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach with the transcontinental mainlines of the BNSF Railway and the Union Pacific Railroad that begin near downtown Los Angeles, California.

While rail services in the region had been in operation for over 100 years, when containerization and intermodal shipping took hold in the 70s and 80s, volumes drastically increased. In 1980, when volumes really started to pick up, there were three Class One railroads serving the two ports: Union Pacific, Southern Pacific and Sante Fe. At the time, the railroads ran circuitously through the local communities at ponderously slow speeds. Not only were the trains noisy and ugly, but the vast quantity blocked local streets, holding up the traffic as they passed through the crossings.

At the same time, because of the growth in rail volumes, the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach were proactively planning how best to handle the increase in demand on their services. and looking at efficiency improvements for their landside transportation system. They were assessing how to get the trains and trucks in and out of port without the train blocking the trucks. Michael Leue, CEO at ACTA, describes the corridor’s history futher:

“It became obvious that a separation program would vastly improve the landside transportation system within the Ports, but we also needed to address a bigger issue out in the communities. In collaboration with the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the ports formulated the Alameda Corridor, and part of that formation was the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority.”

JGM Honors Earl Gales Junior

JGM would like to highlight and honor our founder Earl Gales Junior.

Mr. Gales was a founding joint-venture member of the Alameda Corridor Project. Throughout his life, he provided a vision for this program, and many more where he made connections between human endeavors and the natural environment surrounding us. While his services for the corridor ranged from program management to engineering, we recognize these superior services were anchored in the relationships he built with staff and partners.

JGM will carry this into the future to impact the services we provide for years to come. Thank you for your continued support.

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