Oakland Port Gets Final Funding for Technology Program

Hapag-Lloyd vessel in Port of OaklandIllustration; Source: Wikimedia – under the CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Daniel Ramirez

The Port of Oakland has received final funding for the implementation of the Freight Intelligent Transportation System (FITS) program.

Namely, the Alameda County Transportation Commission received USD 12.45 million from the California Transportation Commission for FITS, that includes 15 freight technology demonstration projects designed to address traffic management, security systems and roadway improvements at the Oakland seaport.

The funding comes from California Senate Bill 1 funds.

The port said FITS would reduce congestion and improve traffic flow for truckers who haul cargo containers in and out of Oakland. It would also update security systems and provide a common communication platform for first responders.

“This funding will help improve the port’s maritime operations,” John Driscoll, Port of Oakland Director of Maritime, said.

The Alameda County Transportation Commission will administer construction of thirteen FITS improvement projects, while the port would be responsible for the remaining two projects that are security related.

The total cost of the FITS program is USD 30.6 million and all projects are scheduled to be completed by late 2021, followed by 12 months of systems testing. The project is expected to go live in late 2022.

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