Freight Underground in MYLA2050

submission by TeamGRID

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

GRID Logistics Inc

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization


Other (please specify below):

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


GRID is a Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator portfolio company that develops freight transportation for the 21st Century.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


GRID proposes a Demand-Risk Public Private Partnership whereby private investment replaces traditional tax-payer backed securities to build large scale transportation infrastructure. We connect port containers with inland freight distribution hubs comprising of a 3-pronged systems platform; 1)SuperDock, a new platform to load and unload container ships, 2)Freight Pipeline; an underground container shuttle under existing freeways connecting four counties, and 3)last mile truck feeder terminals.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

(e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County):

The La Kretz Innovation Campus 411 S. Hewitt St. LA, CA 90013

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.


GRID's mission is to handle future anticipated increases in freight volume while simultaneously reducing our carbon and traffic footprints. How? First, by linking clean large scale infrastructure to sustainable job growth; by-products, particularly healthcare provided by gainful employment brings great benefit our targeted communities. Jobs creation has a direct impact to quality of life in community households to include quality healthcare. The ability to provide healthy foods and regular healthcare checkups are more common practice in homes with higher incomes. 15% of all highway traffic deaths involve big rig trucks. By sending freight underground, we create a safer driving environment for commuters to use our extensive freeway networks with a reduced risk of accidents. Trucks have a 10 to 1 traffic congestion impact on freeway gridlock. The reduction of freight frees up congestion having two tremendous impacts on millions of people both driving on freeways and those living within one mile of them. The reduced congestion reduces time driving. The average LA County commuter spends nearly 24 hours a month in their cars commuting. Stresses associate with commuting are a genuine factor of life here in Southern California. Air pollution including particulate matter from rubber tires and brakes along with emissions create the worst air quality for those living along traffic corridors. Particularly impacted are those under-represented communities that exist along freight corridor freeway networks. Freeways where most freight travels to and from our port complexes and into the south, southeast and eastern regions of Los Angeles are most heavily. The impacts are felt even worse as the freight travels east to the Inland Empire where again, under represented communities are most effected with dirty air and unbearable freeway congestion. This is the first comprehensive solution with the ambition and vision to improve the quality of life for millions of people living and commuting in the region. Los Angeles is the ideal city to lead this effort. An effort that impacts all commuters using bikes, trains, cars, and walking to get where they need to go each and every day. Without clean air, these means of transportation will continue to be an unhealthy factor to our daily activities, even those thought to be healthy!

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


GRID is an infrastructure project proposal. The first step is to evaluate the project. An example is to perform a project feasibility study, an environmental impact report, simulations and scoping. Once the data is collected, stakeholders will determine if the innovations are worthy of development. If so, outreach to the communities the infrastructure is mainly constructed will be an important and early "evaluating body" in the process. These studies will come with specific milestones to measure the increasing or decreasing feasibility of the projects. Evaluation is best described as a public private partnership decision. The public sector will provide entitlement as the project meets or exceeds milestones. The private sector will be evaluating other factors like build-ability and profitability. It is our mission to connect with champions who will lead this effort. They will come from communities of business, labor, environment, elected leaders, and everyday people.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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Finally someone who is working to remove dangerous truck traffic out of the inner city. Sounds like this would save both the truck drivers and passenger cars road time. It also would remove pollution created by trucks. Plus it eliminates the danger of such heavy duty vehicles sharing the same freeway space with lighter more vulnerable cars (seems like not a day goes by anymore without a sensational truck crash on an LA area freeway). Win Win for goods movement and the people who live in the cities currently burdened by long distance goods movement.

by AltoTass
5 months ago

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