On June 30 California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the state’s upcoming fiscal year budget, which includes an unprecedented $2.3 billion for port infrastructure improvements and upgrades.The budget sets aside $110 million for the creation of a new Goods Movement Training Campus at the San Pedro Bay port complex to enhance the safety and efficiency of cargo and operations in the harbor.
The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach are working together to create the Goods Movement Training Campus, which will focus on worker skill development, upskilling, and reskilling to address the rapidly changing needs of the logistics industry. It will also serve as an industry resource for training workers on emerging green and zero-emission technologies.
In addition to the training campus investment, the Governor’s plan for ports includes:
$1.2 billion for port-related projects that increase goods movement capacity on rail and roadways serving ports and at port terminals, including railyard expansions, new bridges, and zero-emission modernization projects.
$760 million for zero-emission equipment and vehicles, including human-operated zero-emission port equipment, short-haul (drayage) trucks, and infrastructure.
$30 million to be used by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to fund operational and process improvements at ports that enhance goods movement, reduce congestion, improve data interconnectivity between ports, and create opportunities to increase cargo volumes by promoting and building supply chain efficiencies.
$40 million to enhance California’s capacity to issue Commercial Driver’s Licenses, allowing for more truck drivers to serve the San Pedro Bay port complex.