Framework for Developing Economic Competitiveness Measures for the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan

This project develops a framework for identifying and selecting appropriate measures of economic competitiveness in support of implementation of Action 6 of the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan (CSFAP). Action 6 calls for industry stakeholder working groups to identify a target or targets and deploy strategies that consider commercial viability and promote the competitiveness of California’s statewide and local freight transport system. Also to develop economic growth and competitiveness metrics, models, and other tools and data to analyze benefits and impacts of actions, including costs, and develop and implement a suite of quantitative metrics to track progress in order to ensure that the impacts of actions on economic growth and competitiveness are considered throughout the development and implementation process. The CSFAP identifies three targets: system efficiency, transition to zero emission technology, and increased competitiveness and economic growth. Specific targets were identified for system efficiency and zero emission technology, but not for competitiveness and economic growth. Per the CSFAP, the concept of economic competitiveness was too vague and complicated to be able to generate a specific target by the planned submission deadline of July 2016. Instead, the target is to be established via research and collaboration with the freight stakeholder community. The Appendixes of this paper include CSFAP Economic Competitiveness and Workforce Development Workshop Presentation, Workshop Notes, and Meeting Presentation. The consultant study will generate the economic competitiveness measures and targets.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Caltrans 65A0527 TO 036

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    California Department of Transportation

    1227 O Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95843
  • Managing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Iacobucci, Lauren

  • Performing Organizations:

    METRANS Transportation Center

    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089-0626
  • Principal Investigators:

    Giuliano, Genevieve

  • Start Date: 20170126
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170715
  • Actual Completion Date: 20171101
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01624783
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: Caltrans 65A0527 TO 036
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Feb 1 2017 12:41PM