The Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) is a near-dock, international shipping facility serving multiple shipping lines. Located approximately five miles from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the ICTF was constructed in 1986 at a cost of over 55 million dollars by the ICTF Joint Powers Authority (JPA). The JPA is comprised of representatives from the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach. The ICTF is operated by Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific pays the JPA a fee for each loaded or revenue empty container handled through the ICTF to repay the bond issued for the construction of the facility.
The ICTF is located adjacent to the intersections of the 405 and 710 Freeways at 2401 East Sepulveda Boulevard in Long Beach, Calif. 90810.
There are two primary accesses to the Ports and the ICTF, the Terminal Island Freeway that terminates at the front entrance to the ICTF and Alameda Boulevard.
There are two primary factors, which allow the ICTF to handle the large volumes of containers efficiently:
1. Storage of trains and equipment - The Dolores Support Yard has 10 tracks roughly double in size to those within the ICTF. With the availability of Dolores Yard, all but one of the working tracks within the ICTF are used for production. The Dolores Yard is used in combination with the ICTF to stage empty double-stack cars as well as inbound or outbound trains until they can be processed.
2. The computerization of the inventory - The ICTF utilizes what is known as Optimization Alternative Strategic Intermodal Scheduler (OASIS) to maintain inventory. All of the assigned parking spaces within the ICTF are numbered and color-coded to allow a container on a chassis to be assigned to them. The inventory is kept accurate by logging and assigning parking spaces to all containers entering into the facility. All of the hostlers (trucks responsible for efficient movement of tractor trailers within a terminal/yard) within this facility have on-board computer devices which allow the inventory to be updated whenever a container is moved within the yard. OASIS offers real-time reporting of all yard activities. OASIS location finders are available onsite for truckers to obtain locations of containers in the yard.
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