LOS ANGELES, CA — Today, in response to the court ruling against the proposed Southern California International Gateway project at the Port of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement:
“The economy of Southern California took a body blow today with the court ruling that sided against the construction of the Southern California International Gateway railroad yard proposed by BNSF Railroad,” said Gary Toebben, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. “This new cargo container facility near the ports would have taken thousands of trucks off the 710 Freeway each day. It would also have made the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles more competitive with other ports around the world,” stated Toebben. “This proposal by BNSF was an investment in jobs for Southern California and a forward-looking way to make our ports and their customers more efficient and competitive. On the whole, SCIG would have dramatically reduced congestion and emissions in our region. Unfortunately, those benefits for Southern California will not be realized,” Toebben concluded.
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.