by Center for Business Advocacy
Avital Barnea, deputy secretary for transportation planning at the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), joined the Chamber's Transportation & Goods Movement Council to discuss Secretary David Kim's vision for CalSTA. Barnea discussed CalSTA's work on the California Freight Mobility Plan, including the plan's goals and region definitions. One of the goals that was of keen interest to the Council is growing California's economic competitiveness. Barnea noted that this is a vision plan, not an investment plan. The draft plan will be released on Dec. 4.
Members also learned about BYD's SkyRail proposal for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor. It is one of the scenarios Metro is evaluating. The proposal includes nine stations with a potential connection to UCLA. BYD's Ben Jurjevich also highlighted the BYD manufacturing facilities in Lancaster, and the changes in monorail technology since it first entered the scene.