Background

The Alameda Corridor is a consolidated railroad link between the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the regional and national rail systems linking the nation. The Alameda Corridor Transportation Project is a 32 kilometer (20 mile) rail corridor, centered along Alameda Street, extending from downtown Los Angeles to the Ports, within which is proposed a consolidation of freight railroad service to the Ports. Such service is currently being provided by the Union Pacific/ Southern Pacific (UP/SP) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (BNSF) railroads (Figure 1). The Alameda Corridor Transportation Project has been developing over the past 14 years. In 1985 an Alameda Corridor Task Force was formed which in turn led to the creation of a joint powers organization called the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority in 1989. A joint Environmental Impacts Report/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) was prepared for the project. The Final EIS was issued in February 1996, and a record of decision was issued in May, 1996.

The initial design work and EIS/EIR preparation commenced in 1991. A program management contract for work on the Alameda Corridor was issued to a joint venture team of four firms in the Los Angeles area; Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall; Moffett and Nichol Engineers; Jenkins, Gales, Martinez Engineers and TELACU. The Alameda Corridor Engineering Team (ACET) is a joint venture of these four engineering companies that provides design engineering, environmental compliance and construction management services for the project.

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