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Joanne McDermott, Chief
Freight Planning Branch
Division of Transportation Planning
Air cargo, which encompasses goods transported in under-carriages of passenger planes ("belly cargo") and in aircraft exclusively carrying freight, is vital to California’s economy. In 2010, over 3.6 million tons of air cargo having a total trade value of $198.9 billion was handled within, from, and to California. The state’s top four international airports (Los Angeles, Ontario, San Francisco, and Oakland) account for approximately 89 percent of the annual tonnage transported.
The Caltrans-sponsored Air Cargo Mode Choice and Demand Study was completed by TranSystems in 2010. This study provides a comprehensive picture of air cargo including historic trends, dynamics of air cargo, industry landside infrastructure capacities, and insight into future air cargo demand.
BART Air Cargo Transport Research
Caltrans has partnered with University of California, Berkeley’s Partners in Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH) program to support research to study the feasibility of transporting goods from Bay Area airports to intermodal facilities via the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. Background information on this effort can be found at: http://www.uctc.net/papers/858.pdf.