Public Meeting on Goods Movement and Ports

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Jan. 21, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The Department of Business, Transportation, and Housing (BT&H) and the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) have jointly announced a public meeting on January 27th and 28th in Los Angeles, at the Caltrans District 7 Offices, to hear comments related to improving the movement of goods and reducing its environmental impact in California.

Further details are available at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/offroad/marinevess/meetings/012705gmp.pdf

The goods movement industry is a vital source of high paying jobs and its health is essential to California’s economic recovery. No-growth is not an option. Improvements in the essential infrastructure must be congruent with steps to protect California’s environment and health.

The discussion will focus on the entire coast-to-border goods movement system, including ports, railways, existing roads and highways, dedicated truck lanes, logistics centers and homeland security. Representatives of the ports, railroads, shipping industry, trucking industry, labor, environmental and community groups, federal, state, and local government and others interested in issues associated with goods movement are welcome to attend.

CMTA has been participating in a newly formed coalition, calling itself CalTrade, dealing with these issues. CalTrade’s existence, membership and guiding principles will be unveiled at this meeting. There are currently 25 association signatories, but individual companies are needed. If your company might be interested, please e-mail Mike Rogge at mrogge@cmta.net. A copy of the draft principles and current draft letterhead would then be sent to you.
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