Rail Service as a Public, Private Partnership


This map from the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority shows the busiest freight rail lines in Southern California which handle heavy freight traffic from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Billions of dollars, much of it taxpayer money has gone into grade separating and improving grade crossings to reduce road congestion at crossing, improve safety and keep the local economic growth resulting from the Port’s freight business.

By Noel T. Braymer

Railroad service for both freight and passengers can have a positive impact on local economies and quality of life in a community. Rail service can reduce traffic congestion and air pollution created around freeways and major roads. Railroads are a major factor in job creation. In California local and state governments have been investing money into railroad infrastructure to improve rail service. Local governments in California already own miles of old railroad rights of way which in many…

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