A Year of Transportation Innovations in the Inland Empire for Mobility Entrepreneurs

By: Sharjeel Sohaib

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Apr 22, 2022

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Background

The Regional Mobility Dialogue Series of the Leonard Transportation Center at Cal State University, San Bernardino, concluded its dialogues on transportation innovations in the Inland Empire in 2021. It was titled “A Year of Transportation Innovations in the Inland Empire.”.

It was a live video conference on Dec. 14 and discussed the major transportation innovations made in the Inland Empire in 2021.Β 

What is LTC?

In the Inland Empire in Southern California, transportation is crucial, and the William and Barbara Leonard Transportation Center is the region’s advocate for an integrated and sustainable transportation system. The Inland Empire is a port region predicted to boom in the logistics and transportation industries. The Center is looking for ways to help citizens, companies, government, nonprofit agencies, and foreign partners collaborate to improve the sustainability and quality of life in the Inland Empire.

Inland Empire Regional Mobility Dialogue Series (2021)

The Regional Mobility Dialogue Series of the Leonard Transportation Center at Cal State San Bernardino concluded its series of conversations on subjects essential to the future of transportation in the Inland Empire after five well-attended events in the 2021 season. The last discussion of the year, titled “A Year of Transportation Innovations in the Inland Empire,” took place via live videoconference on Dec. 14.

The series was free to the public with platinum-level sponsorship from HNTB Corporation, the San Bernardino International Airport, and San Bernardino Valley College.

Attendees heard from transportation industry professionals and local and regional officials about emerging transportation technology and ideas that address the Inland Empire’s critical mobility concerns in the coming years.

Theme 1- Federal Funding for the Inland Empire

2021 was an exciting year for transportation. Most recently with the signing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The historic law brings crucial federal funding to the Inland Empire and signals a shift in how people as a country think about infrastructure and transportation. This was the biggest federal investment in transportation, and California is expected to receive 10.3 billion over the next five years to improve transportation options. This investment will help the Inland Empire expand transit lines, replace deficient vehicles with clean, zero-emission vehicles, and improve accessibility for the elderly and people with disabilities. This law provides funding to the inland Empire for bridges and roads, making driving easier for the communities.Β 

Theme 2- Decarbonization of the Economy

IEGO has over 40 partners and has the vision to move the Inland Empire towards a decarbonized future through a transformative set of investments focused on the goods movement and supply chain sector. There are a lot of issues with the region, such as pollution that affects the communities disproportionately. This initiative takes a holistic view of all the implications of managing the supply chain and transportation while being mindful of the impact on the communities and providing sustainable wages that allow people to live quality life.Β 

Theme 3- Electrification of Transport Infrastructure

There is an explosive growth of warehousing in the Inland Empire with little attention to the local community. These warehouses are associated with truck traffic, affecting residential neighborhoods negatively. The two most common issues residential neighborhoods face are air quality, pollutant exposure to residents, and traffic congestion. CE-CERT’s Omega Initiative is working to reduce these negative impacts of good moving in Inland Southern California.

To remove such issues, members of this initiative are also working on vehicle electrification. The initiative is working on making traffic more efficient by leveraging the connectivity and automation of the vehicles that help the drivers make things safe, more efficient, and less impactful regarding emissions and air quality.

Takeaway 

The Inland Empire is a large and growing region full of opportunities. For more than a year, the Inland Empire has been working to improve transportation and mobility options in the region by leveraging emerging technologies.

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