State legislators have scheduled a hearing today at the Port of Los Angeles to discuss port expansion and assess the progress of construction on the Alameda Corridor, the 20-mile high-speed rail line connecting the port and neighboring Long Beach Harbor with the region's main rail spur east of downtown.
The $2.4-billion project, scheduled for completion in the spring of 2002, is expected to help speed movement of cargo handled by the ports, which are the nation's two busiest trade harbors. Planners say the project is necessary to accommodate the increasing amount of cargo passing through the region. State Sen. Betty Karnette (D-Long Beach), who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, and her Assembly counterpart Tom Torlakson (D-Antioch) are expected to be among the panelists hearing reports from top port officials and the director of the corridor project.
Project spokeswoman Maria Moreno said that as of this week, about 85% of all construction contracts for the corridor have been awarded.