The Second Annual National Urban Freight Conference will take place on Dec. 5-7 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. The conference, held by the METRANS Transportation Center, will examine the impact of goods movement and international trade in metropolitan areas. METRANS is a joint partnership of the University of Southern California and CSULB.
The first National Urban Freight Conference in 2006 afforded approximately 300 researchers and practitioners a unique opportunity to consider the “urban side” of freight across many disciplines.
“This year, we have once again made a special effort to approach urban goods movement from a holistic, supply chain perspective, including all modes and stakeholders,” said Marianne Venieris, Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) executive director. “The more than 70 papers and panels to be featured at the conference cover a wide variety of topics, from port productivity to measuring environmental impacts to financing infrastructure.”
CSULB presenters and moderators at the conference include Shui Lam, undergraduate student Hsiu-Chin Lin, and graduate students Juan Casse, computer science; Anastasios Chassiakos, Burkhard Englert, Kenneth James, Hamid Rahai and Henry Yeh, engineering; John Hwang (retired), information systems; Joseph Magaddino, Wade Martin and Seiji S.C. Steimetz, economics; Larry Mallon, Center for the Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technologies; and Thomas O'Brien, CITT.
Conference participants are coming from throughout North America and Europe and papers and presentations will be on any aspect of urban goods movement. Major topical areas include models for transportation, port, air, intermodal operations and impact analysis; port operations and productivity; trucking/air/rail economics and logistics, productivity and labor issues; local and regional environmental externalities (congestion, air quality, etc.); policy and institutional issues in urban goods movement; security/vulnerability of goods movement; best practices/lessons learned, and technology.
The conference emphasizes the multi-modal aspects of international trade. Sponsoring partners are the U.S Department of Transportation, Caltrans, Federal Highway Administration, and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Other sponsors include the Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Majestic Realty, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, Gateway Cities Council of Governments, Southern California Association of Governments, Transport Solutions, Los Angeles Custom Brokers and Freight Forwards Association, FuturePorts and others. Representatives from many of these agencies and organizations will attend the conference.