April 4, 2014


Impact of Streamlined Chassis Movements on Port Terminal Capacity


1:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


1605 Tilia, Room 1103, West Village


An increase in container volumes has posed significant opportunities and challenges for ports and marine terminal operators. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and terminal operators are expanding capacity to meet the growing demands of international trade, while working together to mitigate the adverse impacts that vehicle congestion and diesel emissions associated with the expanded movement of goods have on regional and local communities. This research assesses the potential benefits, in terms of increased terminal capacity and source-specific emissions reductions, of a unified chassis pool strategy for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Biographical Sketch

Thomas O’Brien is the Director of Research for the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and the Associate Director of Long Beach Programs for the METRANS Transportation Center, a partnership of CSULB and the University of Southern California. Dr. O’Brien is an instructor in CSULB’s Master of Arts in Global Logistics (MAGL), Global Logistics Specialist (GLS) Professional Designation and Marine Terminal Operations Professional (MTOP) programs. He also coordinates the MAGL internship program.

Dr. O’Brien was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) and is a member of the CUTC Workforce Development Taskforce. He was appointed to the visiting committee of the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education. He is Treasurer and Chair of the Scholarship Committee for the Southern California Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

Dr. O’Brien has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Development and a Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Development from the University of Southern California. He is both an Eno and Eisenhower Transportation Fellow and a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Intermodal Freight Transport Committee.

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