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9/12/2003



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Alameda Corridor authority to consider lending a hand to other regional transportation projects


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On Sept. 11, Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) announced plans to form an ad hoc committee that would examine the authority's potential role in helping develop other regional transportation projects.

Committee members include ACTA Chairman and Long Beach Vice Mayor Frank Colonna, ACTA Vice Chair and Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, Port of Los Angeles Commissioner Thomas Warren and Port of Long Beach Commissioner James Hankla.

"Given the economic benefits of international trade in our region, it is imperative that public agencies and the private sector work cooperatively to ensure the efficient delivery of goods in a manner that preserves the quality
of life in our region," said Colonna in a prepared statement.

The region needs infrastructure projects and system improvements designed to improve the flow of goods because current cargo volumes are straining the area's transportation network, ACTA officials said.

"ACTA delivered the $2.4 billion Alameda Corridor project on time and on budget utilizing a joint-powers approach, multi-jurisdictional cooperation and partnerships with the private sector — providing a useful model of how to develop, finance and construct complex goods-movement projects," said ACTA Chief Executive Officer John Doherty.

The committee expects to submit recommendations to ACTA's board later this year.


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