Port of San Francisco to enhance cargo operations

The current condition of the spur track limits the frequency, weight and length of trains that can use the track, causing delays.

By ·

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has announced that the Port of San Francisco was awarded $2.97 million for rail improvements aimed at improving segments of its freight rail track in order to enhance safety, livability, and economic development.

“The rail improvements will provide Bay Area and regional shippers improved access to the port’s cargo terminals for moving their products,” said Jim Maloney, the port’s maritime marketing manager. “The local community will benefit from the jobs that will be created by the new business opportunities.”

In an interview with LM, Maloney said that The Quint Street Lead is a key link in the port’s rail infrastructure.

“The grant will facilitate the much-needed improvements,” he added.? 

The project will improve an approximately one mile-long spur connecting the Caltrain mainline track to the Port of San Francisco Rail Yard.  The current condition of the spur track limits the frequency, weight and length of trains that can use the track, causing delays. The improvements will allow freight trains to operate at higher speeds and clear the mainline more quickly, significantly reducing delays to Caltrain commuter trains and future high-speed rail trains.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) received 51 applications from across the country for the Rail Line Relocation and Improvement (RLR) grants and the Port of San Francisco was one of only eight cities and ports to be awarded funding and had the top scoring project nationwide.

FRA’s Rail Line Relocation Grant Program assists projects that improve community livability and promote economic development by addressing the effects of rail traffic on safety, roadway and pedestrian traffic, overall quality of life and local area commerce.  Rail line relocation dollars announced last week will fund the Port of San Francisco project as well as projects in seven other states.

The port has two rail-served cargo terminals that will benefit from these improvements.  Pier 80 is San Francisco Bay’s only breakbulk cargo terminal and Pier 94/96 currently is a dry-bulk cargo terminal.


About the Author

Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at pburnson@peerlessmedia.com.

Subscribe to Logistics Management Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Article Topics

Ocean Cargo · Ocean Freight · Railroad · All Topics
Latest Whitepaper
Improving E-Commerce Fulfillment Through Business Integration
As e-commerce continues to outpace conventional retail, companies of all sizes are finding ways to disrupt traditional business models and seize market share.
Download Today!
From the February 2017 Issue
As the new administration sends waves of uncertainly through the global trade community, this could be the best time ever for shippers to build an investment case for GTM. Here are five trends you need to watch if you’re about to put these savvy systems to work
Carrier Consolidation Keeps Shippers Guessing
Getting Value from the Cloud
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
Advance your career with the fastest growing logistics certification – APICS CLTD
During this webcast presenters will give an overview of APICS and the new Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) designation. Learn how the CLTD program can help you stay on top of current trends and advance your career.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
ASEAN Logistics: Building Collectively
While most of the world withdraws inward, Southeast Asia is practicing effective cooperation between...
2017 Rate Outlook: Will the pieces fall into place?
Trade and transport analysts see a turnaround in last year’s negative market outlook, but as...

Logistics Management’s Top Logistics News Stories 2016
From mergers and acquisitions to regulation changes, Logistics Management has compiled the most...
Making the TMS Decision: Ariens Finds Just the Right Fit
The third time is the charm for this U.S. manufacturer on the hunt for a third-party logistics (3PL)...