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California budget signed

[ July 18, 2022   //   ]

Port and City of Long Beach officials applauded the approval and signing of the state of California’s 2023 budget, which will bring crucial state funding to the nation’s largest port complex, including $110 million for a planned goods movement workforce training campus to enhance safety and efficiency of cargo operations in the harbor.
Statewide the budget includes $2.3 billion for goods movement and supply chain projects such as the replacement of older trucks with cleaner models, investments in zero-emissions terminal equipment and “high-priority” capital improvements in ports.
“These investments in a vital economic engine will enhance the efficiency and sustainability of cargo movement and help fund important port projects such as the Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility and the Supply Chain Information Highway.” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero.
The budget includes: $1.2 billion over two years to support port-specific high-priority projects that increase goods movement capacity on rail and roadways at port terminals, including rail yard expansions, new bridges, and zero-emissions equipment modernization and deployment; $110 million over three years for a goods movement workforce training center in the San Pedro Bay; $30 million for operational and process improvements at ports, which includes improving data connectivity and enhancing goods movement; and $159.7 million for the purchase of zero-emission drayage trucks as well as charging and hydrogen refueling infrastructure.