The transportation agency expects that disruptions for riders will be minimal as the Blue Line closes for four months in Long Beach starting in January 2019.
About 70 percent of imported goods coming into the San Pedro Bay port complex, which includes the Port of Los Angeles, are from China. About one-third of the exports leaving the port are bound for China with the 2017 cargo value figure sitting at about $173 billion.
Several road closures are planned for July 4-7, and will affect motorists heading to popular holiday destinations such as the Queen Mary, Carnival Cruise terminal and nearby waterfront hotels and restaurants.
More than 120 local arts, civic and educational organizations were awarded $353,850 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week.
During a ceremony at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach on Monday, representatives from the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, Kenworth Truck Company and AJR Trucking announced the first near-zero emission 12-liter natural gas truck in Los Angeles.
The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles announced last week that they are offering funding for projects that include the development of goods-movement technologies and the improvement of air quality.
The bill seeks to create a list of offenders that have unpaid final judgements against them for misclassifying port truck drivers, not paying fair wages and other labor abuses. If passed, retailers that contract with these companies could be held jointly liable for future damages.
The marine highway system was cast as a money saver in terms of maintenance for the nation’s roads and bridges and as a way to improve air quality by reducing emissions produced by vehicles. By using the nation’s coastlines and river systems for short-sea shipping operations the highway could also reduce the amount of emissions that residents lining these travel routes are exposed to on a daily basis.
SB-1402, titled the “Dignity in the Driver’s Seat” bill, would make retailers jointly liable for abuses of port truck drivers if they’re found to have hired a trucking company that is not paying fair wages, has unpaid final judgments due to a wage theft suit, imposes unlawful expenses on its employees and those who misclassify its workers as independent contractors.
The Port of Long Beach (POLB) announced today that it is launching the nation’s largest zero-emissions pilot project thanks to a $9.7 million grant it received from the California Energy Commission (CEC).