It has been my honor to play a small role in the history of the Alameda Corridor during these past twenty years.  The Corridor is perhaps the most important public works project built to support the growth of cargo moving to and from the San Pedro Bay Port complex while providing environmental benefits and quality of life improvements for the surrounding communities.  Although the engineering and construction of the Corridor is a tremendous feat, I am just as amazed with the almost twenty years of pre-construction activity it took to make the Corridor a reality. The Alameda Corridor became a model for public-private partnerships. From the early days of planning to the formation of the governing Joint Power Authority, to permitting, endless negotiations, land acquisitions, financing, and coalescing support from a multitude of government agencies this project would not have been completed if not for the leadership and dedication of those early visionaries.