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Best Western Sunrise Hotel
525 South Harbor Boulevard
San Pedro, CA 90731

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111 S. Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90731

Marina Hotel San Pedro
2800 Via Cabrillo Marina


Port of Los Angeles and Vincent  Thomas Bridge  
San Pedro, California
Photo ©  Debbie Stock 


    There has always been a need to cross over the main channel of the Los Angeles Harbor, even in the early  1870's, when the first ferry service consisted of a rowboat that made the trip to Terminal Island only as  passengers were available. Ferry service was the only means of transport for decades. From 1937 until 1957,  various proposals were considered regarding construction of a tube tunnel connecting the Harbor and Long  Beach freeways. Engineers concluded that a four-lane bridge could be built for slightly more than the two-lane   tube. 


    Completed in 1963, "San Pedro's Golden Gate" was the first bridge of its kind to be constructed on pilings.  Construction required 92,000 tons of Portland cement, 13,000 tons of lightweight concrete, 14,100 tons of   steel and 1,270 tons of suspension cable. It is designed to withstand winds of 90 miles per hour, double that   required by code. The overall length of the bridge is 6,050 feet, with a main suspension span of 1,500 feet and   500-foot spans on either side. The towers are 365 feet high. Named for one of San Pedro's "own," an orphan   from the streets and wharves who went on to become a State Assemblyman, it was The Hon. Vincent Thomas who cut the ribbon at the dedication ceremony. The dramatic green bridge has been designated as the   official landmark welcoming visitors to Los Angeles. 


    Photo ©  Debbie Stock  .


      Port of Los Angeles assumes a variety of roles to serve its myriad of interests and the expeditious movement of cargo has always been the Port's primary goal. Achieving this  requires enormous cooperation and dedication from all four transportation sectors -- sea, rail, road and air.   


      Sea:  The Port features marine terminals operated by many of the foremost shipping lines and stevedoring companies in the world. Some 80 carriers provide the backbone for the Port's maritime operations, and have established the port as key relay center for cargo transported to and from Asia, the Americas, Europe, Australia and all points in between. The Port maintains world-class container, automobile, dry bulk, liquid bulk, neobulk/ breakbulk and omni terminals for every cargo description.   


      Rail:  In 1869, the San Pedro Railroad introduced service on a single 21 mile-long stretch of track between the city and the harbor, ushering in the intermodal era. Today, two Class I railroads -- Union Pacific and Burlington Northern - Santa Fe -- provide destinations across America by interchanging directly with other US, Mexican and Canadian railroads.   
      The intermodal train traffic network at the Port has been carefully planned and designed to merge and funnel onto the Alameda Corridor, a $2.4 billion, 20-mile-long cargo expressway that will be completed in early 2002.  The Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) System, which is operated by Pacific Harbor Lines for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, manages all rail dispatching and switching functions to govern inbound and outbound train movements with the highest levels of efficiency and safety.  All of the Port's existing on-dock railyards, as well as the future Pier 400 facility, are linked to the CTC System.   


      ICTF: For more than a decade, the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF), located four miles from the harbor area, has served the Port and its customers. Opened in 1986, the ICTF is used by most shipping lines calling at the Port. The facility provides for the rapid transfer of import and export container traffic from the Port's marine terminals to transcontinental doublestack trains.  


       The ICTF's ability to handle the enormous container volume moving through the Port far exceed 1986 expectations, the rapid growth in global trade and its pursuant demands dictate additional development.  


      ICTF Facts at a Glance:  146 acres  16-lane truck gate handling up to 230 containers per hour  Handling capacity of 600,000 containers per year  Computerized tracking of containers and chassis On-site US Customs office Five 5200-foot working rail tracks, each accommodating 16 five-platform doublestack 20-TEU railers, as well as two passing tracks  1600 chassis bays, including 200 with reefer plugs 


      TICTF: The Terminal Island Container Transfer Facility (TICTF) provides rail connections to existing container terminals on Terminal Island. This 47-acre facility allows cargo containers to be unloaded from ships and placed directly on railcars for immediate national and international distribution.