1,500 Construction Jobs for Three Years!
October 26, 2011 - BNSF Railway and the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council have finalized a Project Labor Agreement worth more than $255 million for the construction of the Southern California International Gateway Project (SCIG).
Construction of the project will create 1,500 construction jobs for the three years of construction, and the agreement provides for safety, quality, and timely construction, along with apprenticeship opportunities. It will also contribute an estimated $85 million in federal, state and local tax revenue. Upon completion, it will bring an estimated 22,000 new permanent jobs to Southern California.
The facility, near the Port of Los Angeles, is intended to improve efficiency and reduce environmental impacts from the movement of goods from ships at the port to rail. Currently, that involves a 24-mile truck trip to downtown Los Angeles. But SCIG will allow 1.5 million additional containers to move by rail from near the port, reducing truck traffic on the 710 freeway by millions of miles each year, bringing a corresponding drop in air pollution.
“We’re proud to provide BNSF with a skilled local union workforce to build SCIG,” said LA/OCBTC Executive Director Robbie Hunter. “We need to build this new environmentally friendly rail yard. This has been a long process, and the time to build it is now.”
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