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    Round the Clock Port Traffic, Or Less Daytime Pollution and Congestion? Port of LB & Group of U.S. Importers To Promote Greater Use of Warehouses and Fwys During Off-Hours

    (March 3, 2003) -- The Port of LB is joining with the West Coast Waterfront Coalition (group of major U.S. importers) to promote greater use of port warehouses and roadways during current off-hours.

    A Port of LB release says the trucking industry has previously requested that the ports' marine terminals remain open beyond the current 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but when terminals opened during off-peak hours there wasn't enough truck traffic to make it economical. The Port's release adds, "It is acknowledged that local warehouses and distribution centers are not open in sufficient numbers during off-hours to support extended hours in the port."

    The West Coast Waterfront Coalition will survey southern California warehouses and distribution to identify companies willing and able to receive and deliver containers during off-peak hours...with the goal to generate sufficient truck trips to support second and third shift operations in the ports.

    Port of LB Executive Dir. Richard Steinke said in the release, "The message from Washington is that we must fully utilize our existing infrastructure before we can expect federal dollars to expand the Long Beach (710) freeway. Our new partnership with the Waterfront Coalition will ensure that all stakeholders are cooperating to wring the greatest efficiencies out of the existing transportation network."

    The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners voted unanimously on March 3 to approve a $10,000 initial grant to support the Gate Hours Pilot Project with the Waterfront Coalition.

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