Wednesday, March 07, 2012

UP, Port of Stockton advance PPP effort

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The Port of Stockton, Calif., said late Tuesday that, in a public-private partnership with Union Pacific Railroad and Metropolitan Stevedore Co., it has completed a project to add 5,828 feet of track to the East Port interchange Tracks.

The new track allows a loop upon which inbound and outbound trains to move on without interfering with operations of the Port's east complex class yard. The track will be in service effective this Friday, March 9, the port said.

Capacity at the Port of Stockton and Metro Ports ship loader will increase to six unit trains from the current three trains per week of iron ore or coal for export. This expansion will add up to 18 more daily employees at the Port of Stockton, the port said.

The tracks will also improve interchange between Union Pacific, BNSF Railway, and the Central California Traction Co., as well as reduce rail equipment dwell time at the port facilities, the port said.

The Port of Stockton is located on the Stockton deep Water Channel and has a depth of 36 feet for ships traveling from the San Francisco bay area and can handle ships up to 900 feet in length.