Background and Goals
On Jan. 4, 2023, SCAG kicked off a study to help envision a regional network of zero emission truck charging and fueling infrastructure (ZETI). This study will create a phased blueprint and action plan towards realizing this goal, and answer key questions about how stations in the region may operate to serve different truck markets and business functions. This study will be guided by a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of key stakeholders, who will ultimately be instrumental in implementing this plan.
The SCAG region includes the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach comprising the largest port complex in the Western Hemisphere driving substantial volumes of imports and exports. The region also includes the two largest Class I railroads in North America, BNSF Railway Co. and Union Pacific Railroad Corporation, which facilitate the movement of goods for local and national consumption. Both the rail and port systems are supported by extensive intermodal facilities, freight corridors and access roads, that connect with the largest industrial warehouse and distribution cluster in the United States. At the same time, the SCAG region provides an extensive commuter passenger rail system.
With a general rise in vehicle ownership, disruptive technologies like Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) and dockless electric scooters, as well as e-commerce demands, curb space has become one of the most contested spaces in a city. Cities have been struggling with issues related to on- and off-street parking, congestion, and first-last mile connections, among others. Increased reliance on delivery services and the shifting of commercial activities to the sidewalk during COVID-19 have further highlighted the need to better manage curb uses.
SCAG has launched a Curb Space Management Study (CSMS) to take a comprehensive and multimodal review of some of the most congested and complicated curb space locations within the region. A clear need exists to assess policies, strategies, and infrastructure investments and their impacts on curb space activity, especially with the recent COVID-19 impacts, all being critical to the region and its localities. Benefits from this are looking to improve mobility, reduced congestion and vehicle miles traveled/vehicle hours traveled, and air quality improvements such as greenhouse gas emissions.
Goods movement is a cornerstone of the Southern California economy and supports the quality of life of residents in the SCAG region. In recognition of the benefits and challenges of regional freight movement, SCAG recently completed the Comprehensive Regional Goods Movement Plan and Implementation Strategy, the long-range plan for goods movement in the region.
In Southern California, the movement of freight provides the goods and services needed to sustain regional and national industries and consumers on a daily basis. As part of the 2016-2040 RTP/SCS, SCAG identified over $70 billion of needed investment in its regional goods movement system. Read more about the challenges and proposed strategies here.
The Goods Movement Border Crossing Study – Phase II assessed goods movement border crossings in San Diego and Imperial Counties to identify emerging trends expected to affect future freight movement, provide forecasts of cross-border freight volumes under alternative scenarios, and develop recommendations to enhance future goods movement.