Goods Movement


Getting Trucks Off Local Freeways:
LA2050 Grant Entry Needs Votes by September 16

Green Rail Intelligent Development (GRID) is a proposed urban goods movement container supply chain network that would be a big step toward a cleaner, healthier, and safer region. GRID is entered in a competition for one of ten LA2050 grants of $100,000 each. The grant would fund a feasibility study needed to convince venture capitalists that GRID would provide a good ROI, and move the project towards actual design and construction […]


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Portantino’s “The Question Is” (for $10+ Billion): To Tunnel or Not To Tunnel?

Anthony Portantino’s latest “The Question Is” focuses on the 710 Tunnel, with Glendale City Council / Metro Board member Ara Najarian, South Pasadena City Manager Sergio Gonzalez, and Crescenta Valley Town Council President Robbyn Battles discussing economic, environmental, technical (think Seattle and Big Bertha!), social justice and quality of life problems with the proposal, and emphasizing several better ways to spend $10 billion to improve regional transportation […]


Beyond Freeways: Commerce, Community and Contention Along Los Angeles’ 710 Corridor

From the introduction to Beyond Freeways, a four-part series: “In an era of global warming, peak oil, obesity, stress, and foundering economies, it becomes imperative to find better ways to move ourselves, and our goods, among our neighborhoods. More specifically, if we wish to keep the economy we favor in this country and remain somewhat human, we must move as much transport as possible to modes such as rail, which uses one-third the fuel and orders of magnitude less land than individual motor vehicles do to move goods and people alike.
“…This series, by environmental reporter Justin Gerdes and documentary photographer and videographer Leila Dee Dougan, will investigate the premises and promises of differing visions for the 710 corridor and its communities, and how it grew into its present form […]

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Smogtown:
The Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles
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by Chip Jacobs and William J. Kelly Overlook Press, 2008 Smogtown isn’t a new book, but the conflicts covered in its last chapters are still breaking news. The LA Times’ Trash talk and the real dirt on a toxic tour of Los Angeles, just featured one of Smogtown‘s history makers, […]


On Many Agendas: Goods Movement Projects and Plans

Goods movement is a hot topic now in Southern California, and at state and national levels. The Los Angeles City Council will vote May 8 on the Southern California International Gateway Project (SCIG), approved by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners, but now disfavored by the Long Beach Board […]

U.S. Truck Traffic Flows 2007 - Source: USDOG

SCAG Plan Budgets Billions for More Freeways:
A Sustainable Communities Strategy?
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SCAG 2012 Regional Transportation Plan: more trucks, more freeways, more pollution, instead of electrified rail for goods movement.


Freeways v. Transit, Goods Movement v. Air Quality: Spending Priorities Are Key

Freeways v. Transit, Goods Movement v. Air Quality: Congress H.R. 7 and SCAG Draft 2012 RTP