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           SENATE TRANSPORTATION & HOUSING COMMITTEE       BILL NO: AB 14
          SENATOR MARK DESAULNIER, CHAIRMAN              AUTHOR:  lowenthal
                                                         VERSION: 5/6/13
          Analysis by:  Erin Riches                      FISCAL:  yes
          Hearing date:  June 18, 2013



          SUBJECT:

          State freight plan

          DESCRIPTION:

          This bill requires the state's Transportation Agency to prepare  
          a state freight plan and establish a freight advisory committee.

          ANALYSIS:

          In July 2012, Congress passed and President Obama signed the  
          Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (Public Law  
          112-41), known as MAP-21.  This legislation authorizes federal  
          transportation funding to states through September 30, 2014.   
          Among other things, MAP-21 requires the US Department of  
          Transportation (DOT) to:

           Establish a national freight network to help states  
            strategically direct resources toward improved movement of  
            freight on highways.

           Develop a national freight strategic plan in consultation with  
            states and other stakeholders, and update it every five years.

           Encourage each state to establish a freight advisory committee  
            composed of a representative cross-section of public and  
            private sector freight stakeholders.

           Encourage each state to develop a comprehensive plan for its  
            immediate and long-term freight-related planning and  
            investment.

           Establish measures for states to use to assess freight  
            movement on the interstate system.  

          MAP-21 also authorizes DOT to increase the federal share of  
          project costs to 95 percent for an interstate highway project,  




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          or 90 percent for a non-interstate system project, if the  
          project makes a demonstrable improvement in the efficiency of  
          freight movement and is included in the state freight plan.

           This bill  :

           Requires the Transportation Agency to prepare a state freight  
            plan that complies with MAP-21 and provides a comprehensive  
            plan to govern the state's short- and long-term planning  
            activities and capital investments relating to freight  
            movement.

           Requires the Transportation Agency to establish a freight  
            advisory committee consisting of a representative cross  
            section of public and private freight sector stakeholders, as  
            specified.

           Requires the freight advisory committee to:

             o    Advise the Transportation Agency on freight-related  
               priorities, issues, projects, and funding needs; 
             o    Serve as a forum for discussion on state transportation  
               decisions affecting freight mobility; 
             o    Communicate and coordinate regional priorities with  
               other organizations; 
             o    Promote information-sharing between the public and  
               private sectors; and 
             o    Participate in developing the state freight plan.

           Requires the state freight plan to:

             o    Identify significant freight system trends, needs, and  
               issues; 
             o    Describe freight policies, strategies, and performance  
               measures to guide freight-related transportation decisions;  

             o    Describe how the plan will improve the state's ability  
               to meet DOT's national freight goals; 
             o    Provide evidence of consideration of innovative  
               technologies and operational strategies, including  
               intelligent transportation systems, to improve the safety  
               and efficiency of freight movement; 
             o    Describe improvements that may be required to reduce or  
               impede deterioration on routes which are heavily travelled  
               by heavy vehicles including mining, agricultural, energy  
               cargo or equipment, and timber vehicles; and 




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             o    Provide an inventory of facilities with freight mobility  
               issues, such as truck bottlenecks, along with a description  
               of what strategies the state will use to address these  
               issues.

           Requires the Transportation Agency to submit the state freight  
            plan to the Legislature, Governor, California Transportation  
            Commission, Public Utilities Commission, and State Air  
            Resources Board by December 31, 2014, and every five years  
            thereafter.

           Provides that the Transportation Agency may develop the state  
            freight plan separately from, or incorporated into, the  
            statewide strategic long-range transportation plan and the  
            state rail plan.

          COMMENTS:

           1.Purpose  .  MAP-21 encourages states to establish a freight  
            advisory committee and develop a state freight plan.  The  
            author states that this bill goes beyond MAP-21 by mandating  
            these actions to emphasize the state's commitment.  The author  
            notes the importance of developing a state freight plan that  
            meets the needs of an aging and congested infrastructure,  
            complies with federal and state clean air mandates, and  
            addresses public health issues related to freight movement.

           2.Freight advisory committee  .  Caltrans, in collaboration with  
            the Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency, has formed a  
            freight advisory committee that began meeting quarterly in  
            April 2013.  The committee has committed to ensure that the  
            state freight plans uses all six of the elements outlined in  
            MAP-21 and follows US DOT recommendations as closely as  
            possible while adding California-specific interest areas such  
            as air quality, climate change, and fuel diversity goals.

           3.State freight plan  .  Caltrans is currently updating the Goods  
            Movement Action Plan (GMAP), which was originally issued by  
            the Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency and the  
            California Environmental Protection Agency in two phases in  
            2005 and 2007.  The GMAP was a comprehensive plan to address  
            economic and environmental issues associated with moving goods  
            via the state's highways, railways, and ports.  It also  
            provided guidance for allocating $3.1 billion of the $19.9  
            billion approved by voters in Proposition 1B, the Highway  
            Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality and Port Security Bond  




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            Act of 2006.  The new plan, known as the Freight Mobility  
            Plan, will expand beyond the GMAP to address additional issues  
            such as greenhouse gas emissions goals, as well as to meet the  
            parameters outlined in MAP-21.  The Freight Mobility Plan will  
            focus more attention on community impact issues, take a more  
            in-depth look at trucking, and more thoroughly identify the  
            freight needs of portions of California that did not receive  
            sufficient attention during implementation of the GMAP.

           4.Other planning efforts  .  In addition to developing the Freight  
            Mobility Plan, the state is working on several related  
            efforts.  Caltrans is developing a long-range California  
            Transportation Plan, known as CTP 2040, to address the state's  
            mobility needs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.   
            Caltrans is also preparing a state rail plan for passenger and  
            rail service.  The state Air Resources Board is developing a  
            long-term plan known as the Clean Air Vision, which looks at  
            strategies to meet the state's multiple air quality and  
            climate goals well into the future, including how to reduce  
            emissions in the freight transport system.  At the local  
            level, metropolitan planning organizations adopt regional  
            transportation plans and are developing sustainable  
            communities strategies pursuant to SB 375 (Steinberg), Chapter  
            728, Statutes of 2008.




           5.Is this bill necessary  ?  This bill would place into statute  
            efforts already underway to establish a freight advisory  
            committee and develop a state freight plan.  The author states  
            that by doing so, California sends a clear message to the  
            federal government of its commitment.  The author also notes  
            that a state freight plan will help place California at the  
            front of the line for available federal money, since MAP-21  
            authorizes DOT to increase federal funding for projects that  
            are included in a state's freight plan.  Many state planning  
            efforts, such as the CTP 2040 described above, are established  
            in statute.

          Assembly Votes:
               Floor:    59-18
               Appr: 13-4
               Trans:    13-2

          POSITIONS:  (Communicated to the committee before noon on  




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          Wednesday,                                             June 12,  
          2013.)

               SUPPORT:  Metropolitan Transportation Commission
                         Orange County Transportation Authority

               OPPOSED:  None received.