SAN PEDRO, Calif. — July 11, 2007 — More than 1.3 million on-dock rail lifts took place at the Port of Los Angeles in 2006, moving approximately 28 percent of all containers passing through the port last year.  Port of Los Angeles on-dock rail usage has steadily increased since 2002:
                             2002:           549,062 lifts           16.3% of all lifts
                             2003:           760,764 lifts           19.2% of all lifts
                             2004:           823,620 lifts           20.4% of all lifts
                             2005:        1,010,267 lifts           24.5% of all lifts
                             2006:        1,337,168 lifts           28.4% of all lifts                             

As on-dock rail moves continue to grow at the Port of Los Angeles, a new generation of locomotives is coming on line at the nation’s largest port complex.  Pacific Harbor Line (PHL) provides switching services for port customers and dispatching for all BNSF Railway and Union Pacific trains within the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.  PHL’s fleet of “Tier 2” standard locomotives emit 70 percent less diesel exhaust, 46 percent less smog-forming nitrogen oxides and cut greenhouse gases by burning 30 percent less fuel.

There are four on-dock facilities serving six of the seven operational container terminals at the Port, and plans for an additional on-dock facility are in process. A 57-mile network of tracks accommodate up to a dozen trains arriving and departing the Port every day, taking the equivalent of several thousand trucks off the roads daily.

Celebrating its Centennial in 2007, the Port of Los Angeles is America's premier port.  As the leading seaport in the nation in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates 259,000 regional jobs and $8.4 billion in annual wages and tax revenues.  A proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port is self-supporting and does not receive taxpayer dollars.  At the Port of Los Angeles, high priority is placed on responsible and sustainable growth initiatives, combined with high security, environmental stewardship and community outreach.  For its industry leading environmental initiatives, the Port received two Environmental Protection Agency awards in 2006.  The Port of Los Angeles — A cleaner port.  A brighter future.