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          ASSEMBLY THIRD READING
          AB 14 (Lowenthal)
          As Amended  May 6, 2013
          Majority vote 

           TRANSPORTATION      13-2        APPROPRIATIONS      13-4        
           
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          |Ayes:|Lowenthal, Linder,        |Ayes:|Gatto, Bocanegra,         |
          |     |Achadjian, Ammiano,       |     |Bradford,                 |
          |     |Blumenfield, Bonta,       |     |Ian Calderon, Campos,     |
          |     |Buchanan, Daly, Frazier,  |     |Eggman, Gomez, Hall,      |
          |     |Gatto, Holden, Nazarian,  |     |Ammiano, Linder, Pan,     |
          |     |Quirk-Silva               |     |Quirk, Weber              |
          |     |                          |     |                          |
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          |Nays:|Morrell, Patterson        |Nays:|Harkey, Bigelow,          |
          |     |                          |     |Donnelly, Wagner          |
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           SUMMARY  :  Mandates the preparation of a state freight plan and  
          the establishment of an advisory committee to help develop the  
          plan.  Specifically,  this bill  :  

          1)Requires the Transportation Agency (Agency) to prepare a state  
            freight plan (plan) with specified elements to govern the  
            immediate and long-range planning activities and capital  
            investments with respect to the movement of freight.  

          2)Requires that the plan comply with the relevant provisions of  
            the federal Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act  
            (MAP-21).  

          3)Requires the Agency to establish a freight advisory committee  
            (committee) and prescribes its composition.  

          4)Specifies the duties and responsibilities of the committee.  

          5)Delineates the minimum required elements of the plan.  

          6)Requires that the plan be submitted to the Legislature, the  
            Governor, and certain state agencies by December 31, 2014, and  
            updated every five years thereafter.  

          7)Allows the state freight plan to be developed separately from,  








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            or incorporated into, the statewide strategic long-range  
            transportation plan required by federal law.  

          8)Allows the freight element of the state freight plan to be  
            developed separately from, or incorporated into, the state  
            rail plan prepared by the California Department of  
            Transportation (Caltrans).  

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee, costs will be absorbable to prepare the plan and  
          provide staff support to the advisory committee.  This bill is  
          consistent with current efforts to comply with federal law.  

           COMMENTS  :  Last summer, Congress passed, and the President  
          signed, federal transportation reauthorization legislation,  
          MAP-21.  MAP-21 directs the US Department of Transportation (US  
          DOT) to develop a new national freight program that will provide  
          a basis for federal investment in trade-facilitating  
          infrastructure development.  

          Going beyond federal law, this bill would mandate California to  
          develop a state freight plan as well as mandate the  
          establishment of a freight advisory committee consistent with  
          the federal requirements.  According to the author, this bill  
          will ensure that the state is well-positioned to inform federal  
          policy decision-makers of California's goods movement  
          infrastructure needs.  With a comprehensive freight plan in  
          hand, this will place California at the front of the line for  
          available federal money.  

           Current goods movement planning efforts  :  A number of efforts  
          are already underway at state, regional, and local levels to  
          address goods movement needs in California.  For example, the  
          California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has embarked  
          on the development of the California Freight Mobility Plan.   
          Also as a part of the Caltrans effort, a freight advisory  
          committee has been established to help guide the development of  
          their freight mobility plan.  

          On a parallel track, the Air Resources Board (ARB) is currently  
          developing their long-term vision for freight transport in  
          California, referred to as the "2050 vision" for freight  
          transport.  









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          Additionally, another major consideration in the adoption of the  
          plan's goals are the regional transportation plans adopted by  
          metropolitan planning organizations that ensure compliance with  
          greenhouse gas reduction regional targets as established by ARB,  
          pursuant SB 375 (Steinberg), Chapter 728, Statutes of 2008.  The  
          sustainable communities strategies (SCS) are a new element of  
          the metropolitan planning organizations' regional transportation  
          plans that demonstrate how development patterns and  
          transportation policies and programs can work together to  
          achieve a region's greenhouse gas emission reduction targets  
          from cars and light trucks.  Integrating the SCS plans of the  
          separate regions into the state freight plan would also lend  
          support to the regional agencies in achieving their greenhouse  
          gas emission reductions and environmental sustainability  
          objectives.  With the few regional transportation plans approved  
          by ARB or nearing completion, these will ensure that we are  
          making transportation investments consistent with community  
          wishes along with achieving emission reductions.  
           

          Analysis Prepared by  :   Ed Imai / TRANS. / (916) 319-2093 


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