Directors of the agency that built the Alameda Corridor approved Thursday a seven-point plan that will serve as a blueprint for the agency's future roles in road, bridge and rail improvement projects aimed at expediting the regional movement of goods.
The Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) governing board approved a plan that will enable ACTA to partner with the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, distribution centers and other parties in reducing of daytime truck traffic on the Long Beach (710) and Harbor (110) freeways, as well as major arterial streets in the region.
The seven-point plan empowers ACTA management staff and its consultants to:
1 - Assist in the evaluation and implementation of extended operating hours of the cargo distribution system at the two ports and the regional distribution centers that serve them.
2 - Work with the ports in optimizing the use of existing on-dock rail facilities.
3 - Develop a pilot program for a shuttle train operation.
4 - Assist the Port of Los Angeles and a railroad in developing a new, near-dock intermodal container transfer facility (ICTF) that would accept containers for the Alameda Corridor, rather than trucking the containers on the Long Beach (710) Freeway.
5 - Work toward the development of the Caltrans Heim Bridge Replacement Project (SR-47) to improve port access and increase utilization of the Alameda Corridor south of State Route 91 as an alternative to the 710 and Harbor (110) freeways and local arterial streets.
6 - Participate in MTA and other agency goods-movement studies.
7 - Identify funding options.