Imperial Railport of Imperial County announces potential for expansion of its current intermodal, rail-truck facility to take advantage of a tightening regulatory climate. Because of congestion in coastal urban areas and political pressures relating to carbon emissions, inland intermodal facilities now offer numerous attractive features. With low labor costs, cheaper land and power costs, inland trans-shipment sites are now competitive.
Also, the return to rail freight from trucking, even for shorter hauls, is accelerated by new requirements for Electronic Logging Devices (ELD’s) and other tighter controls on truck drivers. Deeper oversight of the trucking industry will result in a shortfall of qualified, compliant drivers and a resultant removal of a significant number of trucks from the road. As trucking has become more regulated over the last two decades, the railroad industry has invested $650 billion since 1980 to return the US rail freight network to worldwide pre-eminence.
Says Fred Mercurio, CEO of Imperial Railport, “Return to rail has stalled partly because the supply chains are fragmented by too many third party logistics services who do not know how to integrate the complexities of our rail system with the trucking industry. Up to now, with abundant, cheap trucking services, it made more sense to ship through with trucks alone. Our facility has the know-how to handle origin and destination trans-loading. We also have many years of experience doing business in Mexico, so we can Mexico into our service network.”
Railport’s facility lies within the Mesquite Lake Specific Plan area of Imperial County, where economic incentives can jump-start the inland Imperial Intermodal Rail Park to quick profitability.
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