Representatives of federal, state, local and regional agencies agreed Friday to work together to address pollution and transportation problems fostered by a surge of imported goods entering the U.S. through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
More than 40% of container cargo entering the country passes through the two ports, and experts predict the volume of cargo will triple by 2030.
Without more rail and road capacity and a significant reduction in diesel-powered ships, trucks and trains, they say, the result will be increased traffic congestion and pollution.
Meeting participants included the U.S. Department of Transportation, the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The groups promised to work cooperatively with state Department of Transportation and other agencies..