Tuesday, April 30, 2013

California Freight Advisory Committee Formed

Representatives from 33 public agencies and 26 non-governmental agencies have been named to the new California Freight Advisory Committee (CFAC), which will advise the state Department of Transportation.

The CFAC, which held its first meeting April 23, is expected to gather quarterly to participate in the development of a state freight mobility plan, serve as a forum for the discussion of freight-related topics, to help coordinate regional freight priorities with other organizations and advise the state on freight-related priorities, issues, projects and funding needs.

The committee was formed by California’s Business, Transportation and Housing Agency in response to the federal Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP21), which is legislation that encourages all states to establish a State Freight Advisory Committee and develop a comprehensive State Freight Plan.

Among those named to the CFAC were:
Tim Schott of the California Assn. of Port Authorities; Mike Jacob of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association; Norman Fassler-Katz of the California Marine and Intermodal Transportation System Advisory Council; Susan Bransen of the California Transportation Commission; Mike Christensen of the Port of Los Angeles; Port of Long Beach Executive Director Chris Lytle; acting Port of Oakland Acting Executive Director Deborah Ale Flint; Eric Sauer of the California Trucking Association; and International Longshore and Warehouse Union Vice President Ray Familathe.