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Alameda County Transportation Commission
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LETTER

Alameda CTC
111 Broadway, Suite 800
Oakland, CA 94607-4006

June 12, 2016

The Honorable Elaine L. Chao
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20590

Dear Secretary Chao:

The Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC), with support from the Port of Oakland, appreciates the funding opportunity provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) 2017 Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) Grant Program and is pleased to submit the Global Opportunities at the Port of Oakland Freight Intelligent Transportation System (GoPort Freight ITS) project for funding consideration. Due to the national and regional significance of this project, we encourage the USDOT to award the $9.72 million in requested funds to support a portion of the implementation costs of the project.

The $24.3 million GoPort Freight ITS project will deploy our nation's first integration of Freight Community System and advanced ITS technology. This unique approach, which will also include a new port-specific Traffic Management Center, will allow for the fusion of traffic sensors, advanced traveler information, traffic messaging, trucking information web and mobile applications, rail grade traffic warning information, terminal queue information, and more. The GoPort Freight ITS is "deployment ready" –Alameda CTC and the Port of Oakland have already invested $2 million for planning, systems engineering, and preliminary design activities to plan for this deployment. Additionally, this system will lay the technology foundation to support future developments in truck automation and connected vehicle technologies.

Alameda CTC will serve as the lead applicant, project sponsor, and implementing agency, and fully commits to expeditiously implement project activities to ensure that all elements are completed within four years after grant award. GoPort Freight ITS users include Port of Oakland staff, trucking fleets (dispatchers and drivers), marine terminal operators, beneficial cargo owners, ocean Department of Transportation, California Highway Patrol, City of Oakland, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and others. Alameda CTC and the Port of Oakland would welcome the opportunity to partner with the USDOT to fully implement the GoPort Freight ITS, and to establish this new technology paradigm for improving port efficiency for other U.S. ports to consider in the competition for global trade share.

Sincerely,

[Signature on File]

ARTHUR L. DAO
Executive Director

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