Mega Region Wccc Trb[2]

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  • Can you move my name and title from slide two to this one and “TRB Annual Meeting 2011”
  • The airport bullitt overlaps seaports text – not on my screen!
  • This is the one I want but I’d like to change Urban area to Metro Area, separate the circles and have arrows going between outside circles and Metro area circle. I would add circle for economy, demographics, recreation---title of slide could be Function vs. Form
  • Can we change this slide to show several small circles of urban areas (with several city/towns inside pulling together to form metropolitan areas and they (the metro circles are growing towards each other)
  • Mega Region Wccc Trb[2]

    1. 1. Mega-regions<br />Is There a There,There?<br />Jim Gosnell<br />Executive DirectorWest Coast Corridor Coalition<br />
    2. 2. Clean<br />Green<br />and<br />Smart<br />West Coast Corridor Coalition<br />Alaska Washington Oregon California<br />
    3. 3. Membership<br />Dedicated transportation professionals from: - the four state DOTs<br /> - regional planning agencies<br /> - metropolitan planning organizations<br /> - ports<br /> - railroad and trucking companies<br />Collaborating since 2003<br />Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    4. 4. Mission<br />To forge consensus strategies to solve the massive Corridor mobility challenges that transcend state and local borders to make the Corridor clean, green and smart.<br />Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    5. 5. Vital Transportation Network<br />7 major seaports<br />3 international landports<br />5 major air hubs<br />Vast highway & rail system<br />Key bi-national trade arteries for trade with Canada, Mexico, and the Pacific Rim – America’s largest trading partners<br />Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    6. 6. Nationally Significant<br />Seaports handle over 50% of all containerized shipments entering and departing the US<br />Airports handle 42% of overseas freight<br />East-west infrastructure handles the lion’s share of over all freight, but increasing NAFTA volume of is challenging north-south systems<br />Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    7. 7. Mega-Regions<br />The concept reflects the perception that urbanization has reached a new scale. <br />Yet, to be socially meaningful, Mega-regions must reflect real underlying structures and new forms of functional integration that generate significant policy issues that can be resolved most effectively at this new scale.<br />The web of decision making in states is dense and variegated, and the hold on power at existing levels is very strong.<br />Public Policy Institute of California<br />Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    8. 8. Function vs.Form<br />Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    9. 9. Urbanized Land<br />2000<br />Source: America 2050<br />
    10. 10. Urbanized Land<br />2025<br />Source: America 2050<br />
    11. 11. Urbanized Land<br />2050<br />Source: America 2050<br />
    12. 12. Seattle<br />San Francisco<br />Los Angeles<br />Ports by Value with Freight Movement<br />
    13. 13. All systems are under stress<br />U.S. MEGA-REGIONS<br />Cascadia<br />No. Cal.<br />So. Cal.<br />…and freight volume is projected to triple by 2030<br />Source: America 2050<br />Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    14. 14. Metro Regions<br />Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    15. 15. Western Regional Air Partnership<br />State Members<br />WashingtonOregonCaliforniaArizonaNew MexicoIdahoMontanaWyomingUtahColoradoNorth DakotaSouth Dakota<br />Tribal Members<br />Campo Band of KumeyaayIndians<br />Cortina Indian Rancheria<br />Hopi Tribe<br />Hualapai Nation of<br /> The Grand Canyon<br />Native Village of Shungnak<br />Nez Perce Tribe<br />Northern Cheyenne Tribe<br />Pueblo of Acoma<br />Pueblo of San Felipe<br />Confederated Tribes of<br /> Salish & Kootenai<br />Shoshone-Bannock<br /> Tribes of Fort Hall<br />Federal Members<br />U.S. Dept. of Agriculture<br />U.S. Dept. of the Interior<br />U.S. EPA<br />Partnership of Governors, Tribes and Federal Agencies formed “WRAP” in 1997 to develop innovative measures to improve air quality in the West. <br />Largely a coordinating organization, carrying no legal authority. <br />Due to the consensus nature of it recommendations, its decisions are usually adopted by the states without the need for intervention by the federal government.<br />Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    16. 16. Electric Grid Connectivity<br />Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    17. 17. West Coast Ports Collaborative<br />November, 2009<br />Six major US West Coast Ports and two major rail companies announced the first-ever collaboration at the World Shipping Summit in Qingdao, China<br />The US West Coast Collaboration (USWCC) showcased the benefits of the US West Coast as the premier region for trans-Pacific trade.<br />Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    18. 18.
    19. 19. Identified Corridor Chokepoints<br />Trade and Transportation Study<br />Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    20. 20. California<br />Sacramento Area<br /><ul><li> Congested urban interchanges
    21. 21. Highway capacity constraints
    22. 22. Truck climbing lane/operational problems
    23. 23. Freight/passenger rail conflicts
    24. 24. Insufficient sidings</li></ul>LA Basin/Inland Empire<br /><ul><li> Freight/passenger rail conflicts
    25. 25. Congested urban interchanges
    26. 26. Highway capacity constraints
    27. 27. At-grade railroad crossings
    28. 28. Truck climbing lane/operational issues
    29. 29. Heavy Freight Rail Traffic</li></ul>Bay Area<br />San Pedro Bay Ports<br /><ul><li> Congested urban interchanges
    30. 30. Port rail yard congestion
    31. 31. Highway access problems
    32. 32. Rail yard congestion</li></ul>Central Valley<br /><ul><li> Highway capacity constraints
    33. 33. Rail capacity constraints and congestion</li></ul>San Diego Area<br /><ul><li> Border crossing congestion</li></ul>Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    34. 34. Washington & Oregon<br />Whatcom Region<br />Central/Eastern Washington<br />Columbia River Gorge<br />Central Oregon<br /><ul><li> Border crossing congestion
    35. 35. Lack of double-stack train clearance
    36. 36. Severe weather closures
    37. 37. Lack of double-stack train clearance
    38. 38. Rail capacity constraints
    39. 39. Single tracks with long siding spacing
    40. 40. Lack of double-stack train clearance
    41. 41. Insufficient siding length</li></ul>Puget Sound/Chehalis<br /><ul><li> Congested interchanges
    42. 42. Rail/highway port access problems
    43. 43. Lack of highway capacity
    44. 44. Rail congestion/capacity constraints
    45. 45. Freight/passenger rail conflicts
    46. 46. Rail yard congestion
    47. 47. Severe weather closures</li></ul>Portland/Vancouver<br /><ul><li> Congested interchanges
    48. 48. Highway capacity constraints
    49. 49. Geographical constraints (rivers and hills)
    50. 50. Freight/passenger rail conflicts
    51. 51. Rail yard congestion</li></ul>Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    52. 52. Alternative Fuel Corridors<br /><ul><li>I-5 initial focus
    53. 53. Governor’s Green Highway Initiative
    54. 54. Federal & State Climate Change legislation
    55. 55. Oregon & Washington legislative issues
    56. 56. Budget issues for all three states
    57. 57. Passenger and heavy duty vehicles</li></ul>Alaska<br />CANADA<br />Washington<br />Oregon<br />California<br />MEXICO<br />Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    58. 58.
    59. 59.
    60. 60. West Coast Marine Highway <br />Corridor Designation<br /><ul><li>2007 National Energy Act
    61. 61. Alternative to surface congestion
    62. 62. Already heavily used in other parts of the U.S.
    63. 63. Mexican border north to Alaska
    64. 64. Stockton Ship Channel/Columbia River System
    65. 65. Smaller ports/economic development</li></ul>Alaska<br />CANADA<br />Washington<br />Oregon<br />California<br />MEXICO<br />Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    66. 66.
    67. 67. Best Practices Manual<br />Clean, Green and SmartBest Practices Manual<br />A comprehensive roster of continuously updated ideas and innovations that can move the transportation system toward becoming“Clean, Green and Smart.”<br />Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    68. 68. http://thewccc.org<br />
    69. 69. Mega-regions<br />Is There a There,There?<br />
    70. 70. Clean<br />Green<br />and<br />Smart<br />West Coast Corridor Coalition<br />Alaska Washington Oregon California<br />www.westcoastcorridors.org<br />Thank You<br />
    71. 71.
    72. 72. Our Strategic Plan<br />Encourage the Federal Government to create a national goods movement program in the next transportation authorization that:<br />Invests in gateways and corridors of national significance<br />Facilitates multistate planning and funding mechanisms<br />Promotes innovative project development strategies:eg. Corridor level ITS strategies Pricing and user fee programs Clean freight technology Public-private institutional arrangements<br />Establishes performance-based criteria and standards<br />Provides funding for mitigation of environmental impacts<br />Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    73. 73. Our Strategic Plan<br />Develop and mutually support a roster of projects of corridor significance.<br />Share best practices to optimize the capacity and performance of the system.<br />Seek out and create working partnerships with the Western Governors Association (established Climate Change Initiative), environmental groups, international organizations along the Canadian and Mexican borders, and international maritime associations.<br />Establish a new website with an information sharing capability.<br />Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    74. 74. 1. Transportation Systems Analysis<br />Environmental Benefit<br />Goods Movement Benefits<br />Personal Travel Benefit<br /><ul><li> Investments targeted to severity of congestion
    75. 75. Enables enhanced efficiency through “smart” supply chain logistics
    76. 76. Enables more effective deployment of Bus Rapid Transit as an alternative to personal vehicle use
    77. 77. Enables measurement of current vehicle emission levels to determine rate of progress in attaining greenhouse gas reduction targets</li></ul>Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    78. 78. 2. Traveler Information Integration<br />Environmental Benefit<br />Goods Movement Benefits<br />Personal Travel Benefit<br /><ul><li> Comprehensive information on travel conditions for efficient trip planning by drivers
    79. 79. Information on options for car sharing, ridesharing, smart parking and transit connections
    80. 80. Minimizes time loss and fuel consumption related to congestion and delay</li></ul>Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    81. 81. 3. Intelligent Trans. Infrastructure<br />Environmental Benefit<br />Goods Movement Benefits<br />Personal Travel Benefit<br /><ul><li> Technology allows firms to provide drivers with up-to-the-minute info “in the cab”
    82. 82. Real-time traveler information and enhanced collision avoidance capability
    83. 83. Minimizes time loss and fuel consumption related to congestion and incident delay</li></ul>Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    84. 84. 4. Cleaner Fuels and Engines<br />Environmental Benefit<br />Goods Movement Benefits<br />Personal Travel Benefit<br /><ul><li> Fuel cost savings and emission reductions protecting economic viability of rail and road freight operators
    85. 85. Reduces risk of regional air quality non-attainment
    86. 86. Enhanced air quality
    87. 87. Less vulnerability to gas price swings
    88. 88. Less dependence on foreign oil
    89. 89. Enhanced energy security
    90. 90. Progress toward achievement of greenhouse gas reduction targets</li></ul>Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    91. 91. 5. Law and Regulation<br />Environmental Benefit<br />Goods Movement Benefits<br />Personal Travel Benefit<br /><ul><li> Expedites motor carrier regulation through automated, interoperable information technologies
    92. 92. Choices between cost and travel time through use of “value pricing” – tolling related to level of congestion
    93. 93. Provides new basis for infrastructure funding by basing taxation on actual system use rather than type of fuel used</li></ul>Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    94. 94. Clean<br />Green<br />and<br />Smart<br />West Coast Corridor Coalition<br />Alaska Washington Oregon California<br />Jim Gosnell<br />Executive Director<br />
    95. 95. One of Our First Steps<br />Trade and Transportation Study<br />We contracted Cambridge Systematics to conducta Trade and Transportation Study to identifyfreight challenges in the Corridor.<br />It was our first step to inform decision makers about the importance of the Corridor as an unparalleled driver of economic growth and innovative technology.<br />Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    96. 96. New Priority<br />Goods movement and personal travel rely largelyon the same transportation system and impact the same environment<br />People<br />People<br />People<br />People<br />Freight<br />Freight<br />People<br />Freight<br />Freight<br />People<br />People<br />Freight<br />People<br />Freight<br />Freight<br />Freight<br />Where they are intertwined, both need to be addressed<br />Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    97. 97. Mega-Regions<br />It is hard to imagine any system that could respond to all challenges.<br />In some cases, single-purpose planning entities may be most useful for dealing with urgent concerns (such as goods movement) in a concerted fashion.<br />Combining outcome oriented<br />performance objectives with flexible implementation can produce innovative strategies responsive to local as<br />well as wider goals.<br />Public Policy Institute of California<br />Clean, Green and Smart<br />
    98. 98. Categories & Benefits Analysis<br />Intelligent Infrastructure<br />Transportation Systems<br />Traveler Information<br />Goods Movement<br />Personal Travel<br />Environment<br />Cleaner Fuels & Engines<br />Laws & Regulation<br />Clean, Green and Smart<br />

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