Assemblymember Frazier Chairs Transportation Special Session Hearing to Examine Goods Movement in California

Monday, August 24, 2015

Sacramento, CA –  Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D Oakley), Chair of the Assembly Transportation and Infrastructure Development Committee in the Governor's Special Session, conducted the first special hearing to examine the efficiency of California’s goods movement and its impact on the economy.

“California's freight mobility system is the heart and soul of our economy,” said Frazier. “Our access points to land, air and sea ports are vital international commercial gateways that are responsible for the more than $500 billion in products entering and exiting the United States each year. Governor Brown’s executive order highlights the critical need to increase efficiency in goods movement so that we can remain relevant and competitive. This hearing provides a forum for the Legislature, industries and stakeholders to come together and address key issues surrounding goods movement activities and their effect on infrastructure, communities, jobs and the economy.”

The hearing, entitled, “Goods Movement in California: What Do We Need to Support a Vibrant Economy?" was held on in the State Capitol. It focused on developing a more comprehensive and dynamic freight system for California – specifically, one that moves goods efficiently, reduces emissions and supports a vibrant economy.

Representatives of the California State Transportation Agency, California Air Resources Board, Southern California Association of Governments, San Diego Association of Governments and other key goods movement stakeholders discussed their perspectives on how we can create this type of freight system in California.

“If we are provided adequate funding, I feel confident that we now have the tools to create a sustainable, long-term plan for our key freight corridors,” said Frazier. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature to determine exactly how our freight system needs should be addressed and how investments should be prioritized.”

For more information regarding the Transportation and Infrastructure Development Committee for Special Session, please click here.

CONTACT: Amy Warshauer, 916-319-2011, Amy.Warshauer@asm.ca.gov