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Studies have shown that mile for mile and pound for pound, today's freight railroads are four times more fuel-efficient and produce two-thirds less greenhouse gas emissions than trucks. But rail shipping not only presents a significant reduction in environmental impacts. Data from the Association of American Railroads shows that, as an alternative to trucking, rail shipping significantly reduces highway congestion and deterioration.

 

Several years ago, Vulcan Materials Company, West Region, began a comprehensive study of its existing aggregates reserves and processing plants throughout Southern California, to see which of its facilities could be linked by rail. This became known as the "Rock by Rail" program.

 

The company soon identified the first two likable sites: Big Rock Creek, a site in the remote Antelope Valley with 80 million tons of aggregates reserves, and the Sun Valley facility, located in the heart of metropolitan Los Angeles, where local reserves were beginning to dwindle.

 

Today, the shipment of construction aggregates from Big Rock Creek in Palmdale, CA to the Sun Valley facility in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, is bringing much needed aggregates to meet the needs of the entire Los Angeles region, as well as Ventura and Santa Barbara counties while reducing the carbon footprint from the thousands of truck trips that have been eliminated.

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July 2012