Opinion: California Leaders Try to Fix Freight System, Once Again

Last month, just as he departed for a Vatican conference on climate change, Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order calling on state agencies to devise by next July an integrated action plan “to improve freight efficiency, transition to zero-emission technologies, and increase competitiveness of California’s freight system.”

On a parallel track, the state Legislature plans to convene a special session this month to address the condition of a transportation infrastructure that, in many respects, has been allowed to deteriorate to third-world standards.

So with the appearance at least of a broad political consensus coupled with what seems to be a genuine sense of urgency, can we finally expect state officials to take decisive, concrete steps to improve the means by which goods get to where they’re supposed to go?

The fact that state government periodically but unsatisfyingly revisits this particular challenge warrants a skeptical eye.

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