Port of Los Angeles sees record increase in on-dock lifts
More than one million on-dock rail lifts took place at the Port of Los Angeles in 2005, moving nearly a quarter of all containers passing through the port last year, the port said in a statement Wednesday.
The total represents an increase of more than 23 percent over 2004 rail moves. Since 2002, on-dock rail lifts have increased from 16.3 percent of all lifts to 24.5 percent of all lifts in 2005. In raw numbers, total on-dock moves has increased from 549,062 in 2002 to just more than 1 million last year.
There are four on-dock facilities at the port, serving six of the seven container terminals through a 57-mile network of tracks. Ten to 12 trains leave the port every day, taking the equivalent of 2,500 trucks off the roads.