Northern California Gateway
The Northern California, Office encompasses the maritime region north of Point Conception in California to the Oregon border. In Northern California, there are eight significant commercial ports: Redwood City, San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, Benicia, Stockton, West Sacramento, and Humboldt Bay. According to the American Association of Port Authorities, the Port of Oakland is the fifth largest container port in the US and third largest in California, behind Los Angeles and Long Beach.
The Gateway Office has working relationships with key maritime interests and all the ports in its area of responsibility including steamship lines, shipping associations, port terminal operators, labor, public interest groups and others. It works closely with other federal and state agencies such as the US Coast Guard, Homeland Security, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), US Army Corps of Engineers, as well as California’s transportation, agriculture, security and emergency response agencies and local government agencies through the regional Area Maritime Security Committee, comprised of local and regional security and emergency response agencies.
Northern California is the location of two maritime related Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants California’s Green Trade Corridor (also known as the M-580 marine highway corridor). The Green Trade Corridor grant was the largest of the port-related grants in the first TIGER program. It combines infrastructure investments in three ports Oakland, Stockton and West Sacramento that will support a new marine highway container service on the M-580 corridor between the inland ports and the hub port of Oakland, which will offer new shipping opportunities to the regions distributors and agricultural producers. A recent TIGER-12 (2012) grant has been approved for the Port of Oakland’s Outer Harbor Intermodal Terminal (OHIT) project that will redevelop portions of the former Oakland Army Base into a new intermodal freight transfer facility containing new rail tracks and transloading facilities.
ERIC C. SHEN, P.E., PTP
Director, Southern California Gateway Office
U.S. Department of Transportation
888 South Figueroa Street, Suite 440
Los Angeles, CA 90017