Amended in Assembly May 6, 2013

California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 14

Introduced by Assembly Member Lowenthal

December 3, 2012

An act to add Section 13978.8 to the Government Code, relating to transportation.


AB 14, as amended, Lowenthal. State freight plan.

Existing law creates thebegin delete Business,end delete Transportationbegin delete and Housingend delete Agency in state government, consisting of various departments, including the Department of Transportation, which, among other things, is responsible for the state highway system. Existing law also requires the department to prepare a state rail plan, which contains a freight element. Existing law provides for the state and regional agencies to engage in various transportation planning activities, including goods movement planning activities. Existing federal law provides certain incentives to the states for developing a state freight plan consistent with federal guidelines.

This bill would require thebegin delete Business,end delete Transportationbegin delete and Housingend delete Agency to prepare a state freight plan with specified elements to govern the immediate and long-range planning activities and capital investments of the state with respect to the movement of freight.begin delete Thisend deletebegin insert Theend insert bill would require the agency to establish a freight advisory committee with various responsibilities in that regard. The initial state freight plan would be submitted to the Legislature, the Governor, and certain state agencies by December 31, 2014, and updated every 5 years thereafter.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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Section 13978.8 is added to the Government
, to read:



(a) Thebegin delete Business,end delete Transportation begin deleteand Housingend delete
4 Agency shall prepare a state freight plan. The state freight plan
5shall comply with the relevant provisions of the federal Moving
6Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), Public Law
7112-141. The agency shall develop a state freight plan that provides
8a comprehensive plan to govern the immediate and long-range
9planning activities and capital investments of the state with respect
10to the movement of freight.

11(b) (1) The agency shall establish a freight advisory committee
12consisting of a representative cross section of public and private
13sector freight stakeholders, including representatives of ports,
14shippers, carriers, freight-related associations, the freight industry
15 workforce, the California Transportation Commission, the
16Department of Transportation, the Public Utilities Commission,
17the State Lands Commission, the State Air Resources Board,
18regional and local governments, and environmental, safety, and
19community organizations.

20(2) The freight advisory committee shall do all of the following:

21(A) Advise the agency on freight-related priorities, issues,
22projects, and funding needs.

23(B) Serve as a forum for discussion for state transportation
24decisions affecting freight mobility.

25(C) Communicate and coordinate regional priorities with other

27(D) Promote the sharing of information between the private and
28public sectors on freight issues.

29(E) Participate in the development of the state freight plan.

30(c) The state freight plan shall include, at a minimum, all of the

32(1) An identification of significant freight system trends, needs,
33and issues.

34(2) A description of the freight policies, strategies, and
35performance measures that will guide freight-related transportation
36investment decisions.

P3    1(3) A description of how the state freight plan will improve the
2ability of California to meet the national freight goals established
3under Section 167 of Title 23 of the United States Code.

4(4) Evidence of consideration of innovative technologies and
5 operational strategies, including intelligent transportation systems,
6that improve the safety and efficiency of freight movement.

7(5) In the case of routes on which travel by heavy vehicles,
8including mining, agricultural, energy cargo or equipment, and
9timber vehicles, is projected to substantially deteriorate the
10condition of roadways, a description of improvements that may
11be required to reduce or impede the deterioration.

12(6) An inventory of facilities with freight mobility issues, such
13as truck bottlenecks within California, and a description of the
14strategies California is employing to address those freight mobility

16(d) Notwithstanding Section 10231.5, the state freight plan shall
17be submitted to the Legislature, the Governor, the California
18Transportation Commission, the Public Utilities Commission, and
19the State Air Resources Board on or before December 31, 2014,
20and every five years thereafter. The state freight plan shall be
21submitted pursuant to Section 9795.

22(e) The state freight plan required by this section may be
23developed separately from, or incorporated into, the statewide
24strategic long-range transportation plan required by Section 135
25of Title 23 of the United States Code.

26(f) The freight element of the state freight plan may be
27developed separately from, or incorporated into, the state rail plan
28prepared by the Department of Transportation pursuant to Section