Inland Port / Intermodal Facility at Southern California Logistics Airport
Inland to coordinate infrastucture.
Victorville’s Inland Port will provide a long-term solution to the congestion and pollution problems that currently exist at the Ports of Long Beach / Los Angeles. As shipping volumes continue to grow at these two contiguous ports which already receive more than 40% of the nation’s imports, the bottleneck in processing and routing cargo promises to grow uncontrollably unless steps are undertaken now to develop an Inland Port at Victorville. The Ports have already commissioned a study of the Inland Port issue – results are expected in mid-2009.
In Victorville, at the site of the former George Air Force Base, more than $100 million has been invested in transportation infrastructure thus far; building an airport and freight facility that can alleviate many of the Ports’ problems – unlike most potential sites in southern California, SCLA sits astride the major truck, rail and air corridors and, most importantly, has the land and community receptiveness needed to create an effective Inland Port alternative.
This 5,000-acre development at SCLA has begun the initial buildout of a rail spur to connect the base to the major US rail network that is the core of the logistics market. Inland ‘s role is to coordinate the development of the infrastructure bridge between the two ports and the City of Victorville.