SUPPORT KEY COMMERCE CORRIDORS
The Key Commerce Corridors plan represents Arizona's major statewide transportation initiative for the next 20 years. Essentially, no progress can be made on the Key Commerce Corridors without a reliable and sustainable funding source. In order to make progress, two steps must be taken:
- The TTCA is the ideal entity to take on the task of educating officials and the public regarding the linkages between high-value trade and investment and critical transportation infrastructure
- In partnership with other key stakeholders, the TTCA can help to mobilize a broader transportation stakeholder group to explore funding ideas and champion the concept of additional funding for transportation.
BETTER LINKAGE BETWEEN HIGHWAYS, RAIL, AIR, AND SEA FOR CARGO MOVEMENT WITHIN ARIZONA AND ACROSS ITS BORDERS
The following steps could provide better linkages for improved cargo movement:
- Develop a rail working group, possibly as part of the Freight Advisory Committee, to address connectivity and long-term improvements.
- Develop an air cargo working group, similar to the rail group noted above. Action Item 3 below further expands on the issues surrounding air cargo.
- Use rail, air, and truck availability as part of the Arizona economic development story, adding availability as an asset for attracting and growing export-oriented companies.
- Promote freight-related economic development opportunities in the Sun Corridor, the central Arizona region encompassing the state's most populated cities and metropolitan areas, by assessing the existing global supply chain, identifying value-added opportunities, and developing a freight framework that diversifies the regional economic base.
DEVELOP AN AIR CARGO STRATEGY FOCUSING ON THE ROLE PLAYED BY AIR CARGO IN BUILDING A HIGH-VALUE TRADABLE GOODS SECTOR
Develop a working group consisting of airports, cargo personnel from passenger airlines, air cargo carriers such as UPS and FedEx, shippers, and manufacturers who specialize in high-value goods. Work with the state's larger airports on a long-term strategy for additional air cargo service. Include international air freight in the strategy, both by encouraging direct service and by leveraging availability in California.
USE CREATIVE STRATEGIES TO HELP FUND TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS AND CAPACITY
Arizona must identify and pursue new ideas to fund, finance, and allocate revenues for transportation improvements. Creative ideas for an era of reduced federal funding include new state and local revenue sources, private infrastructure, P3s, user fees, local funding, and high-impact, low-cost projects to meet infrastructure needs.
ENSURE A SAFE, RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM TO SUPPORT TRADE
Ensuring that Arizona has a safe, reliable, and adequate road transportation system to support trade is the responsibility of ADOT. Although the state's rail lines are owned and managed by private parties, ADOT and other state and local agencies continually work with these private ventures to ensure seamless multimodal connections. While the major airports statewide are operated by local governments or authorities, ADOT and other state agencies also work with these airport operators to ensure seamless multimodal connections between ground and air transport. By serving as a facilitator and convener, ADOT can help ensure that the modes are communicating and working together in support of a transportation system that enables trade.
IMPROVE AIR SERVICE BETWEEN ARIZONA AND MEXICO
Arizona and Mexico would both benefit from additional passenger and cargo service. For example, the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, which is the source of much of Arizona's multi-million-dollar produce industry, currently has no direct air service to any Arizona city. Arizona needs a coordinated approach for improved cargo, business travel, and tourism service from more Mexican destinations.
DEVELOP A STRATEGY TO BRING MORE PRIVATE CAPITAL INTO THE STATE TO ENCOURAGE ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT IN ALL TRANSPORTATION MODES AND IN FACILITIES SUCH AS MULTIMODAL LOGISTICS HUBS AND INLAND PORTS
A clear plan of action that delineates Arizona's needs, supported by appropriate policies and consistent marketing, can bring the necessary private investment into the state in support of economic development goals.