The Los Angeles meeting will take place on July 22. Here’s the press release from Caltrans:
With the economic recovery expanding, California’s highways, seaports, and railroads are again teeming with freight being transported across the state and on to the rest of the nation. Caltrans has invested billions of dollars in projects aimed at improving freight movement and reducing its environmental impacts, and this summer it will ask the public to weigh-in on the future of freight movement in California.
Caltrans will host eight public workshops between June 17 and July 24 to solicit input on the draft California Freight Mobility Plan (CFMP), which lays out a vision for all the ways freight is moved, including seaports, air cargo, railroads, and trucking. While promoting economic competitiveness, the plan will also benefit the environment and promote public health by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.
“To maintain and improve California’s status as the eighth-largest economy in the world, we must create a multimodal freight plan that sustains freight jobs, improves transportation, protects the environment and our communities,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
The U.S. Department of Transportation will rely on the CFMP and other state freight plans as it shapes a national freight plan. Projects identified in California’s plan will be eligible to apply for a higher percentage of federal funding.
This plan is especially important because California is a national and global trade leader. Of the country’s internationally traded consumer products, about 40 percent is transported through California’s seaports. With 12 seaports, California has an unparalleled geographic trade position on the Pacific Rim.
California has set aggressive goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve a sustainable environment. The freight plan’s goal is to transition the freight industry to zero or near zero emissions by 2050. California has already made progress in reducing freight’s effects through better engines, cleaner fuels, infrastructure changes, and improved operations.
To review the draft plan and comment, please attend any of these eight public workshops:
- Sacramento: June 17, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., California State Railroad Museum, Stanford Gallery, 125 I Street.
- Redding: June 19, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Caltrans District 2 office building, Lassen Training Room, 1031 Butte Street.
- Marina (Monterey): June 23, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Marina Public Library, 190 Seaside Circle.
- Oakland: June 24, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Caltrans District 4 office building, cafeteria, 111 Grand Avenue.
- Fresno: June 30, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Caltrans District 6 office building, Yosemite Room, 2015 E. Shields, Suite 100.
- Los Angeles: July 22, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Caltrans District 7 office building, Rooms 01.040 A, B, & C, 100 S. Main Street.
- San Bernardino: July 23, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Caltrans District 8 office building, Basement Training Room, 464 W. Fourth Street.
- San Diego: July 24, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Caltrans District 11 San Diego office building, Garcia Room, 4050 Taylor Street.