OPERATIONAL MODERNIZATION AT DISTRIBUTION NODES
Relevant California state agencies and departments are working together to develop the California Sustainable Freight Strategy for a sustainable freight transport system that relies on zero and near-zero emission equipment powered by renewable energy sources. This equipment also meets multiple goals, including: enhancing the economic competitiveness and efficiency of California’s logistics system, creating jobs, and increasing the safety and livability of freight corridors. As part of this effort, researchers from the National Center for Sustainable Transportation worked with representatives from state agencies, industry, non-governmental agencies, and academia to draft a series of five white papers that will examine broad-based approaches to increase the efficiency of the freight system.
This white paper identifies a range of technological and process-driven opportunities that hold the potential for modernizing distribution nodes to promote freight efficiency while also improving safety and air quality standards. To promote improved truck access at distribution nodes, the research investigates the use of truck platooning, virtual container yards, design-based guidelines, and weigh-in-motion strategies to improve freight efficiency. The research also explores strategies focused on establishing energy independence at marine terminals through the use of energy microgrids.