Southern California ViewPoint - The impact of a short-haul rail June 2017
What exactly is a short-haul? It’s a distance that is less than the line-haul distance that intermodal rail normally considers viable. This distance is also referred to as the “sweet spot,” representing a point where rail’s lower line-haul costs outweigh road advantages.
The arrival of megaships over the past two years has spiked traffic congestion, impairing supply chain and logistics efficiencies at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Increasing road congestion and a decline in rail cargoes, such as crude oil and coal, many port affiliates are reconsidering the feasibility of a short-haul intermodal to the Inland Empire.
A short-hail rail would provide a perfect counterbalance as port capacity increases. Such a counterbalance would benefit Los Angeles and Orange County, in the form of less trucks on the road and less trucks congesting the ports.