Alameda Corridor shows flat trends
Freight containers from the Southern California ports moving over the Alameda Corridor will show almost zero growth for 2007, if the trend set during the first six months of the year continues.
The 20-mile-long freight rail expressway, used to rapidly shuttle containers from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to the transcontinental rail yards near downtown Los Angeles, carried nearly 2.9 million TEUs through June, or 38.1 percent of all containers moving through the two neighboring ports during the same period. For all of 2006, the Alameda Corridor carried 6 million TEUs, or 38 percent of the ports' 2006 TEU totals.
Containers charged a user fees by the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority for the use of the rail way are also showing a flat trend, with 30 percent of the ports' total traffic through June being assessed. Last year, 30.2 percent of the ports' yearly total of containers was assessed usage charges.
The ports are also reporting a nearly flat total container volume trend for the year, with Long Beach up 1.2 percent through July and Los Angeles reporting a 5.9 percent drop through July. Both are comparable to the same period in 2006.