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Freight Efficiency Strategies: Information Technology


This White Paper presents recommendations for using information technology solutions to increase the efficiency of California’s multi modal freight system. These recommendations resulted from a consensus based process by working group committee members. The authors address two problems: information problems in the goods movement supply chain, and information problems in statewide trucking. Regarding the goods movement supply chain, the authors recommend the following strategies: 1) accelerate and expand the FRATIS program; 2) implement ports wide appointment systems at the state’s major ports; 3) develop and implement a transparent supply chain wide load tracking system. Regarding statewide trucking, the authors recommend the following strategies: 4) statewide smart parking system; 5) “push” freight information system; 6) statewide freight information platform; 7) border region ITS strategy; and 8) freight focused traffic management.

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