Rail pricing decider in US coastal port fight

Ports on the West and East coasts are investing hundreds of millions of dollars in rail facilities to compete for intermodal cargo, but the winner may be determined not by the ports but which coast’s railroads offer more competitive pricing. Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach, said West Coast ports, and particularly the Southern California ports, have access to the best rail infrastructure in the country, but it is costly for beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) in the eastern half of the country to ship via intermodal rail compared with all-water services from Asia to the East Coast.
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