Late last week, California released the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan, a comprehensive document that is to serve as a blueprint for transforming the state’s multi-billion dollar freight transport system into one that is environmentally cleaner, more efficient, and more economically competitive, according to the California Air Resources Board. State agencies developed the Plan in response to Governor Brown’s 2015 executive order, which called for a single integrated action plan “to improve freight efficiency, transition to zero-emission technologies and increase competitiveness of California’s freight system.” In particular, the Plan sets a number of targets, including improving freight system efficiency 25 percent by 2030 and deploying more than 100,000 zero-emission vehicles by 2020. The Plan also identifies opportunities to leverage state freight transport system investments, pinpoints actions to initiate over the next five years to meet goals, and lists possible pilot projects to achieve concrete progress in the near term.

Also in California news, BNSF Railway Company and Union Pacific Railroad Company filed a federal lawsuit against various California governmental entities claiming that California’s proposed per-car fee on transportation of designated hazardous materials by rail is anti-competitive and unlawfully interferes with interstate commerce. California’s 2015 state law is expected to begin later this year imposing a $45 fee for each rail car containing certain hazardous materials that is loaded within or transported across California’s borders. The railroads complain, among other things, that the fee unfairly targets hazardous materials transported by rail and is not imposed on other modes of transportation, including trucking.

For more information on the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan, click here.

To view a copy of the railroad’s complaint, click here.