Six of Nation’s Worst Truck Bottlenecks are in SoCal
SB 1 Funding Will Help Alleviate These Problems, Speed Goods Movement
According to a recent report by the American Transportation Research Institute, seven of the nation’s 65 worst truck bottlenecks are in California; and six of these are found at locations in Southern California, including Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Corona. The ARTI study [link to” http://atri-online.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/ATRI-Bottleneck-Brochure-2018-01-18.pdf] also reported that Los Angeles County is home to two of the country’s top 15 truck bottlenecks: the 60/57 freeway interchange in Diamond Bar ranked fifth on the list; and the 710/105 freeway interchange in the Paramount area came in at number 13.
ATRI collects and processes truck GPS data in support of the Federal Highway Administration’s Freight Performance Measures initiative. ATRI converts its massive database of truck GPS data into ongoing analysis that is used to quantify the impact of traffic congestion on truck-borne freight at 300 significant locations throughout the country.
The institute also quantifies the economic cost of all this congestion. Research identified trucking industry costs of $63.4 billion as a result of congestion on the nation’s highways. That cost generates from 996 million lost hours of industry productivity, the equivalent of 362,000 truck drivers sitting still for an entire year.
ARTI says that measuring the performance of freight movement across our nation’s highways is critical to understanding where and at what level investment should be made. The information provided can empower decision-making in both the public and private sectors by helping stakeholders better understand the severity of congestion and mobility constraints on the U.S. highway transportation system. This is of particular importance as the nation weighs the needs and resources available for transportation funding. On a state and local level, this research can inform local investment decisions that can directly improve supply chain efficiency.
“California not only is our nation’s most populous state, but with our farms, key ports and border crossings it is our gateway to the world’s markets, making it a key state for the trucking industry,” California Trucking Assn. CEO Shawn Yadon said. “Congestion costs trucking billions of dollars and harms our economy. ATRI’s report makes clear where the biggest issues lie and we urge policymakers to quickly address them with much needed investment.”
The California Department of Transportation has already outlined a series of projects that will ease truck congestion along major CA freight corridors over the next 10 years. Caltrans says most of the projects are made possible through the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1), which devotes $54 billion for infrastructure improvements throughout the state.
Southern California Partnership for Jobs supports infrastructure investment. It enhances our overall quality of life and supports individuals’ employment and their families’ well-being. We advocated for the passage of SB 1, a new transportation funding source that is becoming ever more critical for California. We continue to work closely with other advocates to seek more funding at the state, regional and local levels.