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File #: 2016-0632   
Type: Motion / Motion Response Status: Passed
File created: 8/12/2016 In control: Executive Management Committee
On agenda: 8/18/2016 Final action: 8/25/2016
Title: APPROVE Motion by Garcetti, Knabe, Antonovich, Solis, DuBois and Fasana that the Board direct the CEO on the following: A. Review MTA's process for selecting the three projects presented for the first year of FASTLANE grants, including the list of projects and selection process. B. Present on lessons learned from the first FASTLANE grant cycle, outlook for future FASTLANE grant cycles, and strategies for better positioning MTA to secure funding from future FASTLANE cycles. C. Establish a freight corridor implementation working group which includes representatives from the following: 1. MTA Deputy Executive Officer for Goods Movement 2. Representatives from the Gateway Cities Council of Governments 3. The I-5 Joint Powers Authority 4. Caltrans District 7 5. Southern California Association of Government 6. Alameda Corridor East Construction Authority ("ACE") 7. Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority ("ACTA") 8. Port of Long Beach & Port of Los Angeles D. Activation of "c...
Sponsors: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
Indexes: Alameda Corridor, Alameda Corridor East, Diane DuBois, Eric Garcetti, Federal Highway Administration, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, Formula Funds, Gateway Cities (Southeast LA County) Service Sector, Grant Aid, Hilda Solis, I-5, I-710, John Fasana?, Joint Powers Agreement, Long Beach, Michael Antonovich, Motion / Motion Response, National Highway Freight Program, Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, Program, Project, Public private partnerships, United States Department Of Transportation
AUGUST 18, 2016

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August 18, 2016

Federal Freight Funding Program Update

In December 2015, Congress passed a multi-year surface transportation-funding bill known as the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).

The FAST Act contains provision, National Highway Freight Program (NHFP) which provides funds to support freight related projects.

The funds are both apportioned a formula basis to the states and distributed on competitive basis under provisions of the FASTLANE program.

This year, eighteen projects were selected nationwide to receive $760 million in total FASTLANE grant dollars.

Of the twenty-four projects that California submitted to USDOT for funding, nine of which were located in Los Angeles County, only one project received FASTLANE grant money-SR 11 Enrico Fermin to Otay Mesa East Point of Entry Improvement Project in San Diego, a project that promotes faster border crossing by commercial trucks at the U.S.- Mexico border.

The six-county area that stretches from Ventura to Imperial Counties and include Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino Counties did not receive a single funded project.

Yet, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach make up close to 40% of the nation's freight movement at approximately $400 billion dollars a year and the volume of goods is expected to more than double over the next thirty years.

Being that the FAST Act authorized the FASTLANE Program for $4.5 billion dollars through 2020 with competitive years for projects each year, it is incumbent upon this Board to approach these grant opportunities with the utmost urgency in planning and strategy to allow us to reduce congestion and pollution and move freight more efficiently through the region.

Over the authorization period of the FAST Act the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is anticipated to apportion t...

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