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PHOTO: ​CITT researchers studied the environmental impact of platooning technologies, in which multiple trucks are digitally linked to increase efficiency, to inform the development of Governor Jerry Brown’s Sustainable Freight Action Plan.


CCPE’s Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) was active in both research and education in 2016. As part of its METRANS partnership with the University of Southern California, CITT funded and directed efforts for the METRANS University Transportation Center, MetroFreight, the National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST), and the Southwest Transportation Workforce Center (SWTWC). While engaged in research and related publications on next-generation technological, environmental, and workforce development issues, the CITT team also worked with the Port of Long Beach (POLB) and the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) to develop new work-based learning experiences.

In its second year of operation, SWTWC continued to forge partnerships between education, industry, and government leaders; facilitate outreach with strategic stakeholder groups; and conduct labor market analysis. Funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and housed in CITT, SWTWC is devoted to connecting and empowering the transportation workforce.

“Early in our launch year, we recruited a distinguished steering committee with a nationally recognized roster of thought leaders from industry, government, and academia,” said SWTWC Director and CITT Executive Director Thomas O’Brien. “SWTWC has met or exceeded all FHWA expectations, and I’m excited to see the strong response to the action plans we launched early in our second year.”

Building upon Phase 1 of SWTWC’s regional Jobs Needs and Priorities Report, the center created four action plans to address critical areas: apprenticeship programs, geographic information systems, trucking operations, and supply chain industry diversity. SWTWC also co-hosted two informative events this year, including February’s Innovative Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Partnership webinar and an April summit entitled Faster, Smarter, Cleaner, Greener: Developing the Transportation Workforce of the Future.

Following the success of last year’s innovative POLB Teacher Externship Program—launched in partnership with CITT and LBUSD—the port recently announced it will sponsor the new Academy of Global Logistics at Cabrillo High School. As a school-within-a-school, the Academy is offering a four-year curriculum this fall to prepare students for careers in global trade and logistics—an industry tied to approximately one out of every eight jobs in Long Beach. CITT’s 2016 Academy Externship teacher training program has already helped educators learn about the port’s operations through lectures, site visits, and interactions with industry mentors.

CITT also partnered with NCST to produce reports that informed Governor Jerry Brown’s Sustainable Freight Action Plan, which intends to increase the efficiency, competitiveness, and environmental viability of the state’s freight system. One of the white paper reports included research on the impact of truck platooning technologies, in which digitally linked truck convoys drive in formation to reduce wind resistance and increase fuel efficiency. The reports and freight plan demonstrate the vital role that CITT and METRANS play in shaping and informing policy.

All of this dynamic progress has set the stage for 2017, as CITT celebrates its 20th Anniversary. For future information on how CITT plans to mark the occasion go to ccpe.csulb.edu/CITT.

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