According the Los Angeles Times, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the nation’s largest harbor complex. Through those ports arrives 44 percent of goods brought into the US by cargo container.
That means over 7.8 million 40 foot shipping containers that need to be rolled out by truck.
While global trade is a big business and creates jobs, it is also a big headache for commuters who have to share the road with all those trucks. The roads and highways of Los Angeles are straining under a heavy burden of truck traffic they were never designed to carry.
The ports, the trucking companies, and the car drivers are all struggling to balance the demands of a world economy and the need for safe roads and a clean environment.
Source: Los Angeles Times