The SCAG region includes the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach comprising the largest port complex in the Western Hemisphere driving substantial volumes of imports and exports. The region also includes the two largest Class I railroads in North America, BNSF Railway Co. and Union Pacific Railroad Corporation, which facilitate the movement of goods for local and national consumption. Both the rail and port systems are supported by extensive intermodal facilities, freight corridors and access roads, that connect with the largest industrial warehouse and distribution cluster in the United States. At the same time, the SCAG region provides an extensive commuter passenger rail system.
The SCAG Integrated Passenger and Freight Rail Forecast Study served as an initial approach for the region to assess freight and passenger rail in a comprehensive manner. The study evaluated existing and future rail volumes, identified infrastructure needs and prepared a strategic vision for implementation strategies in the region. The study was developed during the COVID- 19 pandemic and considered current assumptions about rail shipments and passenger service levels. The study provides recommendations on service expansion and capital improvements and serves as a resource to position the region for rail-related funding opportunities, aligning with core principles of SCAG’s Goods Movement Resolution.