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STATUS: Complete YEAR: 2019 TOPIC AREA: Sustainability, energy, and health CENTER: NCST

Environmental Plans and Freight Movement at the San Pedro Bay Ports: A Quick Strike Analysis

Project Summary

Project number: NCST-19-SP92
Funding source: USDOT, CSULB
Contract number: 69A3551747114
Funding amount: $292,000
Performance period: 12/6/2018 to 09/30/2021

Project description

In this project, CSULB will develop a series of case studies designed to evaluate the impacts of freight-related environmental policies. Building upon earlier METRANS policy evaluations of port-related strategies to reduce congestion, these case studies will assess the potential benefits of programs such as the Southern California Intermodal Gateway (SCIG), and analyze the institutional challenges to program implementation.

Three case studies have been conducted as of Summer 2020:

Case 1: Southern California Intermodal Gateway (SCIG)
Case 2: Vessel Speed Reduction (VSR)
Case 3: Clean Trucks Program (CTP)

A final report will summarize the findings, which will provide context for the NCST's broader research agenda on sustainable freight.

In conjunction with the CSULB College of Professional and International Education's (CPIE) Advanced Media Production (AMP) Center, the NCST CSULB team will then produce brief videos to accompany the case studies research. The videos will be publicly accessible and developed for undergraduate and graduate students in multiple disciplines, as well as for incumbent workers and potential new hires in professional development courses at CPIE. The intended outcome is for students to learn case study methodology in researching policy development, implementation, and evaluation, thus providing additional tools for project analysis.


Tom O'Brien
Director, METRANS CSULB Programs
6300 State University Drive
Suite 255Long Beach, CA 90815
United States
[email protected]


Tyler Reeb
Associate Director, CSULB CITT
6300 E State University Drive
Suite 255Long Beach, CA 90815
United States
[email protected]