The ability to efficiently move freight/goods throughout Southern California’s transportation network is crucial to the mobility and economic vitality of the region, the state and the nation. With international trade flourishing, local communities will continue to see a steady increase in trucks and freight trains carrying freight/goods handled by the San Pedro Bay ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Los Angeles International Airport and other major gateways and ports of entry throughout Southern California.
Given the projected demographic and economic growth in the region, and the increased freight traffic, local transportation planners have chosen to collectively address how freight/goods can be moved to and through Los Angeles and its neighboring counties of Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Imperial and San Diego, without disproportionately impacting local communities and the environment.
In May 2004, officials from the county transportation commissions and Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) requested that Metro take the lead in developing a plan that would address the multi-county goods movement challenges and identify solutions. Rather than redefine and broaden the scope of work for the East/West Corridor Improvement Study, an earlier study led by SCAG and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) that evaluated specific goods movement corridors, all parties agreed to work in partnership on developing a Multi-County Goods Movement Action Plan.
To that end, Metro, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC), Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and Caltrans, all agreed to procure the consultant services of Wilbur Smith Associates to assist in this effort.
To guide the development of this Action Plan, Metro and its project partners established a Multi-County Goods Movement Action Plan Technical Advisory Committee (MCGMAP TAC).
To ensure an open planning process with public and private stakeholder participation throughout the development of the Action Plan, the MCGMAP TAC will (1) convene Stakeholders Advisory Group (SAG) meetings, public workshops and meetings to solicit input from a broad cross section of stakeholders, (2) conduct surveys to obtain different perspectives on the goods movement issues, problems and potential solutions, and (3) maintain a project website to keep everyone informed.
This effort resulted in an Action Plan that contains a full range of strategies and options (short, mid and long-term) that can be implemented for the region, as a whole, as well as the individual counties.
This joint effort was completed in April 2008.