Port of Los Angeles applauds Governor Newsom’s port investment plan

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On Monday, California Governor Galvin Newsom unveiled his 2022/23 state budget proposal, known as “The California Blueprint.” The proposed budget includes a planned record investment of $ 2.3 billion for California ports.

“The challenges of our supply chain require short and long term solutions. I applaud Governor Newsom for facing the moment with bold leadership, ”said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “The Governor’s Budget allocates $ 2.3 billion to ports to address bottlenecks in our supply chain, advance our efforts to decarbonize the freight system, and ensure a robust and reliable workforce. resilient continues to move goods on behalf of state and nation.

“These funds, along with our own dollars, private investment and a new investment in federal ports under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, will prove to be a powerful combination that accelerates the process. essential projects such as a one-of-a-kind movement of goods. workforce training campus, freight support facilities, digitization enhancements, zero emission equipment and recharging infrastructure. This suite of investments positions California’s port system as a leader in operational efficiency, sustainability and job creation.

The governor’s $ 2.3 billion plan for the ports includes:

  • Port infrastructure and movement of goods: $ 1.2 billion for port projects that increase the capacity for the movement of goods on rail and road lines serving ports and in port terminals, including the expansion of railway stations, new bridges and construction projects. zero emission modernization.
  • Zero-emission equipment and infrastructure: $ 875 million for zero-emission port equipment, short-haul (dump) trucks and infrastructure.
  • Workforce training: $ 110 million for a training campus to support workforce resilience in the face of supply chain disruptions and accelerate the deployment of zero-emission equipment and technologies.
  • Commercial driver’s licenses: $ 40 million to improve California’s ability to issue commercial driver’s licenses.
  • Operational and process improvements: $ 30 million for the Office of the Governor of Trade and Economic Development to fund improved port operations and processes. This could include improving the flow of goods and improving data interconnectivity between ports to enable efficient movement of goods, reduce congestion and create opportunities to increase the volume of goods by promoting and enhancing supply chain efficiency.

The Port of Los Angeles, North America’s leading seaport in terms of container volume and cargo value, facilitated $ 259 billion in trade in 2020. Bay Port Complex Operations and Trade of San Pedro facilitate one in nine jobs in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. The Port of Los Angeles remained open with all terminals operational during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo courtesy of Port-Telegram

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