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                                    THIRD READING


          Bill No:  AB 14
          Author:   Lowenthal (D)
          Amended:  5/6/13 in Assembly
          Vote:     21

           
           SENATE TRANSPORTATION & HOUSING COMMITTEE  :  10-0, 6/18/13
          AYES:  DeSaulnier, Gaines, Beall, Galgiani, Hueso, Lara, Liu,  
            Pavley, Roth, Wyland
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Cannella

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  :  Senate Rule 28.8

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  59-18, 5/28/13 - See last page for vote


           SUBJECT  :    State freight plan

           SOURCE  :     Author


           DIGEST  :    This bill requires the states 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,  
          known as MAP-21.  This legislation authorizes federal  
          transportation funding to states through September 30, 2014.   
          Among other things, MAP-21 requires the U.S. Department of  
          Transportation (DOT) to:

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

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

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

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

          5.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% for an interstate highway project, or 90%  
          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:

          1.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.

          2.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.

          3.Requires the freight advisory committee to:

             A.   Advise the Transportation Agency on freight-related  
               priorities, issues, projects, and funding needs; 

             B.   Serve as a forum for discussion on state transportation  
               decisions affecting freight mobility; 


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             C.   Communicate and coordinate regional priorities with  
               other organizations; 

             D.   Promote information-sharing between the public and  
               private sectors; and 

             E.   Participate in developing the state freight plan.

          1.Requires the state freight plan to:

             A.   Identify significant freight system trends, needs, and  
               issues; 

             B.   Describe freight policies, strategies, and performance  
               measures to guide freight-related transportation decisions;  


             C.   Describe how the plan will improve the state's ability  
               to meet DOT's national freight goals; 

             D.   Provide evidence of consideration of innovative  
               technologies and operational strategies, including  
               intelligent transportation systems, to improve the safety  
               and efficiency of freight movement; 

             E.   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 

             F.   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.

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

          2.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.

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           Comments
           
          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.

          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 U.S. DOT  
          recommendations as closely as possible while adding  
          California-specific interest areas such as air quality, climate  
          change, and fuel diversity goals.

          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 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.

          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  

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          emissions.  Caltrans is also preparing a state rail plan for  
          passenger and rail service.  The 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.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  Yes    
          Local:  No

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  7/1/13)

          Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority
          American Society of Civil Engineers (Region 9)
          California State Association of Counties
          California Transportation Commission
          City of Burbank
          Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
          Orange County Transportation Authority
          Pacific Marine Shipping Association
          Riverside County Transportation Commission
          Sacramento Area Council of Governments
          South Coast Air Quality Management District
          The California Railroad Industry 


           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  59-18, 5/28/13
          AYES:  Achadjian, Alejo, Allen, Ammiano, Atkins, Bloom,  
            Blumenfield, Bocanegra, Bonilla, Bonta, Bradford, Brown,  
            Buchanan, Ian Calderon, Campos, Chau, Chesbro, Conway, Cooley,  
            Daly, Dickinson, Eggman, Fong, Frazier, Garcia, Gatto, Gomez,  
            Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray, Hall, Harkey, Roger Hernández,  
            Jones-Sawyer, Levine, Linder, Lowenthal, Medina, Mitchell,  
            Mullin, Muratsuchi, Nazarian, Nestande, Olsen, Pan, Perea, V.  
            Manuel Pérez, Quirk, Quirk-Silva, Rendon, Salas, Skinner,  
            Stone, Ting, Weber, Wieckowski, Williams, Yamada, John A.  
            Pérez
          NOES:  Bigelow, Chávez, Dahle, Donnelly, Fox, Beth Gaines,  
            Grove, Hagman, Jones, Logue, Maienschein, Mansoor, Melendez,  
            Morrell, Patterson, Wagner, Waldron, Wilk

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          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Gorell, Holden, Vacancy


          JA:nl  7/1/13   Senate Floor Analyses 

                           SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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