LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH - Capping months of negotiations, the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) today approved an agreement with Southern California Edison to relocate utility lines in the path of the rail cargo expressway.
The ACTA Governing Board had previously approved agreements with Pacific Bell, Metropolitan Water District, Chevron and other companies with power lines, pipelines and other facilities that have to be moved to make way for the Alameda Corridor. ACTA officials and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are nearing completion of the final agreement needed.
"We're way ahead of the game," said Los Angeles City Councilman Rudy
Svorinich, Jr., chairman of the ACTA Governing Board. "Often with large public works projects, these types of agreements aren't in place until well after major construction has begun. Our staff and the various companies have done a tremendous job making sure all of our interests are served and the project stays on schedule."
The agreements, which vary depending on the utility, detail the scheduling, cost and other responsibilities involved in relocating the facilities. Many of the companies have facilities at several locations along the route.
The Alameda Corridor is a 20-mile rail cargo expressway linking the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to the transcontinental rail yards east of downtown Los Angeles. It will create a faster, more efficient way to move cargo around the region and throughout the nation. It also will improve the flow of vehicle traffic by eliminating traffic conflicts at more than 200 street-level rail crossings along the route.