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Alameda County Transportation Commission
(Alameda CTC) - GoPort Freight Intelligence Transportation System


Alameda CTC is a joint powers agency which plans, funds and delivers a broad spectrum of transportation projects and programs to enhance mobility throughout Alameda County, providing benefits to the entire Bay Area region, and is the project sponsor and implementing agency for the project. Alameda CTC has distinguished itself as one of the premier transportation project delivery agencies in California and the nation, including being named Organization of the Year by the California Transportation Foundation in 2015, and receiving a "AAA" credit rating from Fitch and Standard and Poors for its financial management; the first such transportation authority in California to garner such a designation. Alameda CTC delivered more than $4.5 billion in transportation projects between 2000 and 2015.

As a sales tax authority and funding agency, Alameda CTC has the responsibility to manage and approve discretionary funding for projects and programs approved by Alameda County voters. Alameda CTC is acutely aware of the importance to adhere to funding requirements and accountability. This responsibility dates back to November 1986 with the first approved sales tax measure generating more than $1 billion over 15 years, followed by voter reauthorization in November 2000 generating more than $3 billion over 20 years, and most recently in November 2014 voter reauthorization generating more than $8 billion over 30 years (referenced as Measure BB funds).

As the county's congestion management agency (CMA), Alameda CTC is also responsible for the planning, programming and allocation of federal, state and other local funding for transportation improvements throughout Alameda County. This includes funding from federal, state and local fund sources such as the Surface Transportation Program (STP), Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Program (CMAQ), State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and Transportation Fund for Clean Air Program (TFCA).

Alameda CTC has already committed substantial local voter-approved funds to the GoPort ITS Master Plan and has completed a long-range goods movement plan that has identified the GoPort improvements as a high priority. In addition, Alameda CTC has convened a goods movement collaborative to advance priority investments in goods movement.

The primary partner for this project is the Port of Oakland, which owns and operates/leases the majority of land and infrastructure within the Port complex. Port of Oakland staff monitors traffic conditions at the Port using video feeds from their network of cameras. Staff is situated at the existing EOC at the Harbor Facilities Center within the Port of Oakland. Wharfingers spend approximately 25 percent of their time in the field addressing traffic operational issues. In addition, Port staff manages several information systems, which store various aspects of truck activity, including a Drayage Truck Registry and a Truck Management System. A summary of the project's key agencies and stakeholders is provided in Table 4.

Table 4: Key Agencies and Stakeholders
Stakeholder Description Roles
Alameda County
Transportation Commission
Alameda CTC plans, funds, and delivers transportation infrastructure projects in Alameda County
  • Lead applicant and agency
  • Project Management and delivery of this project
Port of Oakland Owner and operator of Port facilities
  • Primary partner and implementing agency for Port deployments
  • Facilitates project engagement with freight
    industry stakeholder
California Department of Transportation Owns and operates I‑80, I‑580, and I‑880, which are critical Port access routes
  • Engage in ITS architecture design to ensure
    integration with the Caltrans District 4 TMC
Metropolitan Transportation Commission Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the
San Francisco Bay Area
Assist with integration of regional ITS and
traveler information components
City of Oakland Operates the near-port traffic signal communications network and local TMC
  • Assist with the implementation of the ATMS and the C2C communications components
Marine Terminal Operators Tenants within the Port, responsible for loading/unloading of the containers from ships, and for facilitating transfer of containers to rail and trucks
  • Partners in support of GoPort Information
    Applications and Port ITS deployments
Trucking Fleets Deliver and receive containers from MTOs, and typically are either locally based in the Bay Area, or are based in the Central Valley (approximately 6,000 trucks total)
  • Key users of GoPort Information Applications
Beneficial Cargo Owners Owners of cargo being shipped in and out of Port; BCOs typically control the information about empty container release, and may control terminal appointments
  • Partners in GoPort Freight ITS development
Railroads Owners and operators of lead tracks and intermodal Port facilities; the UP Yard at the Port is one of the major truck-to-rail transfer yards on the West Coast Partners in support of improvements in intermodal efficiency

In addition, Alameda CTC and the Port have organized two key GoPort Freight ITS stakeholder advisory groups which include membership from many of the stakeholders outlined in Table 4:

  • Alameda CTC has already created the Concept of Operations Advisory Committee (CAC) to guide this project from cradle to grave. The CAC membership includes Alameda CTC, Port, MTC, Caltrans, City of Oakland, Jacobs Engineering, and Cambridge Systematics and is tasked with assuring that the proposed GoPort Freight ITS improvements align with stakeholder and other regional user needs. The CAC will also play a key role in expediting deployment of project technologies by coordinating efforts with other projects underway in the area.
  • The Port organizes and supports a predominantly private sector intermodal freight stakeholder group called the Port Efficiency Task Force (PETF). The PETF is made up of shipping lines, MTOs, trucking fleets, railroads, labor unions such as International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Port staff. The PETF is tasked with reviewing and developing efficiency measures that improve Port operations. The PETF has been engaged regularly in support of the overall GoPort Program, and was instrumental in supporting the development of user requirements that defined GoPort Freight ITS that is presented in this grant application.
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