NEW OAKLAND INTERMODAL FACILITY PLANNED
OAKLAND – 09/11/06 – The former Oakland Army Base is slated for conversion into converted into the port’s newest intermodal rail facility.
Announcement of the plan culminates more than three years of negotiations between the Port of Oakland, the Oakland Base Reuse Authority, the City of Oakland, the Oakland redevelopment Agency, and the California State Lands Commission.
Escrow has close on the land and the completion of the transaction officially completes the title transfer process, said a spokesman for the port.
The Oakland Army terminal, as the facility was first known, was built in the early days of World War II. During that conflict, the facility moved 8.5 million tons of cargo to suppo0rt US Army operations throughout the Pacific Theatre during its four most active years.
During the three years of the Korean War, 7.2 million tons of cargo passed through the terminal.
In July 1966, Oakland Army Terminal was renamed as Oakland Army Base. At that time, the Oakland Army Base was home to the largest military port complex in the world.
The 425-acre Oakland Army Base was deactivated in September 1999 when the base and all its facilities were turned over to the Oakland Base Reuse Authority.
The planned OHIT – or Outer Harbor Intermodal Terminal – is expected to significantly reduce container transfer times, increase throughput, and reduce truck traffic in and around the port, the spokesman said, adding that the value of construction and other jobs related to the development of OHIT and other maritime support facilities at the port is roughly estimated at $50 million over the life of those projects.
The Port of Oakland is the fourth busiest port in the country after Los Angeles, Long Beach, and New York, and ranks as the 20th most active in the world in terms of annual container traffic.
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