Oakland, California. – October 4, 2022: California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) Secretary Toks Omishakin visited the Port of Oakland last week for a first-hand view of port operations and to discuss port facility improvements and promote sustainable transportation projects, including zero emissions and renewable energy programs.
Secretary Omishakin was joined by representatives from CalSTA, Governor’s Office of Business Development (Go-Biz), California Department of Food and Agriculture, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Caltrans District 4 and the California Association of Port Authorities.
The Port of Oakland is one of the busiest ports in the United States and is integral to regional and national economies, connecting to domestic markets in the western United States and serving as a global gateway for agricultural exports Californians. The port is seeking partnership and funding opportunities to reduce congestion throughout Oakland’s supply chain and to plan a decarbonized port operation.
“The Port of Oakland is a vital link in our national and national supply chain,” said CalSTA Secretary Toks Omishakin. “As California makes historic investments in our supply chain infrastructure under the leadership of Governor Gavin Newsom, I look forward to continuing to work with the Port of Oakland to help create a more efficient freight transportation system. safer, cleaner, more efficient and fairer that continues to fuel our economy. ”
“The Port supports Governor Newsom and CalSTA’s commitment to addressing California’s supply chain challenges and meeting the state’s climate goals,” said Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny. Wan. “We appreciate the continued partnership with the state on opportunities that will improve cargo flow and bring more shipping activity to the benefit of Oakland and the region.”
The port’s effort to modernize its operations also includes collaborating on a joint grant application with Caltrans and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for a Green Power Microgrid transformer project in the seaport. The award would provide charging capacity for electric trucks and cargo handling equipment and ensure the reliability and resilience of local power to support zero-emissions port operations. The grant application is due in October, and funding recommendations from the California Transportation Commission are expected in summer 2023.
New opportunities also include state funding that was approved in this year’s budget — led by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development — for supply chain data-related projects.
The seaport has sufficient capacity for growth to meet the growing cargo demands of the region. Projects to increase port facilities include redevelopment of the outer harbour, widening of the turning basin, modernization of the electrical network and updating of land use regulations. These projects, and others, will help reduce the carbon footprint of port operations, moving towards the goal of a zero-emissions facility.
About the Port of Oakland
The Port of Oakland oversees the Seaport of Oakland, Oakland International Airport, and nearly 20 miles of waterfront, including Jack London Square. The port’s five-year strategic plan – Growth with Care – combines business expansion with community benefits, envisioning more jobs and economic stimulation as the port grows. Together with its business partners, the port supports more than 84,000 jobs. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport via Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube and on www.portofoakland.com.
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