My sister first turned me onto this biannual community event soon after she relocated to Long Beach late last year. I was actually surprised she passed along this information because she is more of a nature lover. She clarified that she thought that we were train people who would enjoy this free event, or at least the kids would. She also thought it would be great for us to learn about the Port of Long Beach’s efforts in becoming more “green.”
Ah, that’s it.
The first time I signed up, I was quickly informed by the Port of Long Beach that there were no free tickets left, but I would be put on a waiting list for the next scheduled Train Tour. I did not realize how popular this local event was! Four months into 2013, I receive an inquiry email from the Port asking me if I would be available to attend the Summer Train Tour.
We drove 40 minutes south to Long Beach on an overcast June morning. We were greeted with friendly Port of Long Beach employees who quickly seated us on a double deck Metrolink train. During the Train Tour, one of the Port of Long Beach’s employees gave us a very informative narrative on what the Port of Long Beach was about. We learned that it is one of the biggest seaports in the country. The Port of Long Beach is also making great efforts to become environmentaly friendly through its Green Port Policy and the Green Flag vessel speed reduction air quality program. The Port also is moving towards Shore Power practices, where ships use electrical power at berth, rather than diesel-burning engines, so that air pollution from ships are greatly reduced.
The Train Tour neared its conclusion with a pop quiz. Apparently the information sunk in because as a family, we collectively answered all the trivia questions. We won a goodie bag containing a measuring tape, pencil, vintage-inspired postcards of Long Beach and a frisbee.
Happy birthday to me!
Port of Long Beach – The Green Port
Port Administration Building
925 Harbor Plaza
Long Beach, CA 90802
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