Orange County Branch Newsletter

June 2015

Transportation Technical Group (TTG)

Gateway Cities Infrastructure Initiatives Presentation

On May 12, Mr. Kekoa Anderson, PE, Consulting Engineer for Gateway Cities Council of Governments (GCCOG), spoke to around 50 transportation professionals and university students at UCI’s University Club. The presentation gave an overview of various infrastructure initiatives related to highways, transit, goods movement, ITS implementation, and air quality improvement in the Gateway Cities area.

Gateway Cities COG represents 27 cities in Southeast LA County (about 2.2 million residents). It also includes the Port of Long Beach and if combined, the Gateway Cities would be the 5th largest city in the US. Approximately 45% of the nation’s imports pass through the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and Port of Long Beach (POLB). The overall goal of the Gateway Cities program of projects is to reduce congestion, improve air quality and health, strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life.

A video of the Gateway Cities overview, along with transportation initiatives and various upcoming project opportunities were presented.

The Strategic Transportation Plan determines how to reduce congestion, improve mobility, and provide numerous travel options to local communities, which will result in fewer vehicle miles travelled and improved air quality.  Funding primarily comes through LA Metro’s Measure R; local, state and federal funding sources are being evaluated to implement various programs and accelerate the work.