Two public webinars were convened to gather information from stakeholders and the community on the expected impacts of freight, and possible mitigation strategies. The webinars were titled Addressing Congestion & Delays Caused by Freight and were streamed live from the University of Southern California (USC) on two separate occasions: May 23, 2017 and May 30, 2017.
The webinar presenters included Jose Marquez-Chavez, Senior Transportation Planner, Caltrans Office of Freight Planning, and Genevieve Giuliano, Director of the METRANS Transportation Center, USC. Mr. Chavez introduced the purpose of the webinar by explaining the connection between the California Freight Mobility Plan (CFMP) and the three new requirements in the FAST Act. He emphasized the importance of public input in the process of updating the CFMP and welcomed comments. Director Giuliano’s presentation covered the research on identifying freight impacts; provided examples of freight impact bottlenecks in Los Angeles County, the San Francisco Bay Area and the rest of California; and offered potential mitigation strategies organized by infrastructure improvements, efficiency improvements, and policy incentives. She stated that major challenges are cost, collaboration across the supply chain and political support.