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 explores the potential to improve data and information systems, both public and private, to increase system efficiency. It presents recommendations for using information technology solutions to increase the efficiency of California’s multimodal freight system. These recommendations resulted from a consensus based process by working group committee members. We address two problems: information problems in the goods movement supply chain, and information problems in statewide trucking. Regarding the goods movement supply chain, we recommend the following strategies: 1) accelerate and expand the FRATIS program; 2) implement ports-wide appointment systems at the state’s major ports; 3) develop and implement a transparent supply chain wide load tracking system. Regarding statewide trucking, we recommend the following strategies: 4) statewide smart parking system; 5) “push” freight information system; 6) statewide freight information platform; 7) border region ITS strategy; and 8) freight focused traffic management.