Assemblymember O’Donnell Introduces Legislation to Alleviate Port Congestion

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Action Comes as PierPASS Fails to Change in the Face of Growing Criticism

(SACRAMENTO) –Today, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) introduced legislation to streamline the movement of goods travelling through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.  AB 531 will address the unacceptable levels of traffic congestion outside of the two ports by creating a dynamic gate management system.

The bill arises out of a growing concern among business, environmental and labor groups that the current gate management system, known as PierPASS, causes trucks to wait for hours at a time to enter the ports. Despite criticism of the impact truck wait times have on the environment and the economy, the gate system has failed to modernize. Trucks entering the ports continue to experience long delays waiting to pick up and drop off cargo.

 “PierPASS is a lot like the typewriter, having once served a valuable purpose, it is now an outdated relic,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Ports. “The neighboring Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are one of our greatest assets, with billions of dollars’ worth of goods passing through the gates. We have a duty to ensure they remain a competitive and environmentally-friendly fuel for California’s economy.”

AB 531 creates the Southern California Joint Powers Authority (SCJPA), which will have the power to implement policies that alleviate port congestion, expand port infrastructure, and reduce air pollution at the two ports. SCJPA will be governed by a board of representatives from the two ports, the Cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and other community stakeholders.

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes
Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.