ALAMEDA
BELT LINE

WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA’S FREIGHT FUTURE

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The Alameda Corridor holds immense potential for bolstering the region’s economic growth, acting as an essential transportation link that connects the bustling San Pedro Bay ports to major inland distribution hubs in Southern California and across the nation. Recognizing this opportunity, the Alameda Belt Line offers a transformative solution to make freight transportation in the Alameda Corridor more efficient, reliable, and environmentally sustainable.

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Who We Are

The Alameda Belt Line (ABL) was created as a neutral third party to optimize freight mobility and elevate the global competitiveness of the San Pedro Bay ports, which are critical to the regional and national economies. This joint venture brings together two of the nation’s leading Class I railroads, BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad, to reshape the landscape of logistics and drive greater efficiency. We leverage generations of experience, considerable resources, and a shared commitment to sustainable growth to significantly enhance rail operations and streamline the secure movement of goods at these vital transportation hubs.

Meet the CEO

With more than 20 years of diversified experience in supply chain logistics and terminal operations, CEO Martin Yarnall is an industry leader, driving development strategies for multiple infrastructure assets and managing performance, safety, and budgets for some of our nation’s largest maritime carriers. Martin’s decorated career spans a wide range of roles, including director of Supply Chain Logistics for FD Stonewater, vice president of Marine and Terminal Operations for CMA-CGM, and chief operating officer of Pier 400, among others.

KEY BENEFITS OF ABL

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Efficiency
  • Simplifies and streamlines operations between San Pedro Bay ports and Redondo Junction
  • Establishes a fully integrated, unified operating plan
  • Reduces dispatching and handoff inefficiencies, increasing capacity
Environment
  • Shifts cargo from truck to rail, the most environmentally friendly way to move freight on land
  • Commits to good environmental stewardship practices
  • Leverages industry leadership in development and testing of new technologies to reduce emissions
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Competitiveness
  • Unlocks shipping capacity at the San Pedro Bay ports and maximizes use of the Alameda Corridor
  • Improves long-term efficiency by increasing additional system capacity through data-driven focus and investments 
  • Enhances the value proposition and cost structure for the U.S. West Coast ports
Experience
  • Offers the resources and deep industry knowledge of two leading Class 1 railroads
  • Brings centuries of combined experience operating in California
  • Builds on over 20 years of operations in the Alameda Corridor
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Technology
  • Brings the latest advancements in technology and data-driven solutions to improve rail operations
  • Harnesses significant investments in technology to ensure safety

ABOUT THE ALAMEDA CORRIDOR

01 20-mile freight line
02 Primarily below-grade triple-track
03 Moves 4M+ TEUs of intermodal cargo per year

The Alameda Corridor is a 20-mile freight rail line located in southern Los Angeles County, California, running from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to downtown Los Angeles, primarily along and adjacent to Alameda Street. The corridor consists primarily of below-grade, triple-track mainline, which allows for efficient, safe, and reduced-noise travel through regional neighborhoods. Both BNSF Railway and Union Pacific trains have trackage rights in the corridor. Each year, the line handles 40,000 carloads of manifest and more than 4 million TEUs of intermodal cargo, but has the capacity to handle significantly more trains per day.