Partnership Public Policy Director Brad Jensen spent last week in Washington, D.C. with elected officials and transportation staff from the San Gabriel Valley. This year’s trip focused on obtaining support for two federal transportation grant applications for freight movement.
The first application includes the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles along with two significant projects in Montebello and Pico Rivera overseen by the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority. Federal funding would assist the ports in providing on-dock loading capacity to move containers from ships directly onto rail and would help complete two major grade separations to improve traffic flow, public safety and the movement of goods through the San Gabriel Valley.
The second grant focused on highway funds and included four major projects: the 57/60 confluence, completion of the SR-71 through Pomona, and improvements to the I-10 and I-15 freeways in Inland Empire. The 57/60 confluence is the 6th worst bottleneck in the country for trucks – over 30,000 trucks move through the 2-mile confluence in both directions every day, creating issues with car accidents, air pollution, and quality of life for neighboring residents.
Meetings were held with seven members of Congress along with staff from Senators Harris and Feinstein and representatives of the Dept. of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency. A full list of meetings is available here.