The informational hearing will focus on two main questions: What should be the goals of the California Freight Plan, and what is the status of current efforts related to developing a statewide goods movement plan or freight policy for California?
With the passage of MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century) last year, the federal government has encouraged state to develop and submit a state freight plan. MAP-21 gives prioritization to projects to projects that improve freight movement by increasing the federal share to 95 percent for projects located on the Interstate Highway System and 90 percent for projects not located in the Interstate Highway System. To qualify, projects must be identified in the respective state’s freight plan. In response, Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), chair, Assembly Transportation Committee, has introduced AB 14 that would mandate the development of a state freight plan and the establishment of a state freight advisory committee.