live / 2015

Freight Underground in MYLA2050

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by GRID Logistics

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.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

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

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Conduct research
  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Implement a pilot or new project
  • Advocate with policymakers and leaders
  • Implement and track policy

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Exposure to air toxins
  • Number of households below the self-sufficiency index
  • Walk/bike/transit score
  • Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

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?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support