Public officials just reached another milestone in California’s quest to get 5 million zero-emission cars on our roads by 2030. In a unanimous decision, the California Public Utilities Commission voted May 31 to invest $768 million in electric vehicle infrastructure. This move follows a green infrastructure trend, with the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach having unveiled an ambitious plan last November to move to zero-emission cargohandling equipment over the next several decades.
This dual focus on infrastructure and the environment is a forward-thinking and critical approach not just to our pollution problems, but also to our economic vitality.
As local economic developers we know that a well-developed, modern goods movement plan to ship and receive merchandise, and efficient ways of getting your workforce to and from work are key factors in attracting new companies and helping existing businesses thrive.
Fortunately, California has a key goods movement ally in freight rail – an industry that shines on both infrastructure and its carbon footprint. California has the third-most rail miles in the nation, including two of the nation’s largest railroads and 26 freight railroads overall. Our ports, farmers and manufacturers are well-connected to the global marketplace.
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