California Department of Transportation


What is the California Freight Mobility Plan?

The California Freight Mobility Plan (CFMP) is a statewide, long-range plan for California's freight transportation system. Developed in collaboration with our partners, the CFMP was developed by the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in consultation with the California Freight Advisory Committee (CFAC).

As the national gateway for international trade and domestic commerce, California enhances economic competitivenss by collaboratively developing and operating an integrated, multimodal freight transportation system that provides safe, sustainable, freight mobility. (The complete CFMP Vision can be found in the CFMP or the CFMP Brochure).

When was the CFMP Developed?

Key Dates Action

July 6, 2012

President Obama signed into law Public Law 112-141, MAP-21.

October 2012

The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) provided guidance on the freight planning process states must undertake to qualify for the freight prioritization provisions of Section 1116.

September 2013

California passed Assembly Bill (AB) 14 (Lowenthal, 2013) requiring the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) to establish the freight advisory committee recommended by the USDOT, prepare a state freight plan consistent with federal guidance and submit it to designated State agencies by 12/31/14.

May-June 2014

CFMP Administration Draft posted for public review and comment.

June - July 2014

Eight public workshops throughout California on the draft CFMP.

December 31, 2014

The final Freight Mobility Plan was submitted to the Legislature, Governor, California Transportation Commission, Public Utilities Commission, and Air Resources Board (ARB) just prior to this mandated deadline.


What's included in the CFMP?

Prioritized Corridors

The CFMP categorizes the designated highway and freight rail networks into 3 tiers for each facility type, with those portions of the network having the highest truck and rail volumes being Tier 1.

The CFMP Project List, Implementation and Improvement Strategy

The CFMP Project List yields 707 projects state wide, addressing all freight modes, with an estimated total cost of approximately $138 billion.  The projects are from Regional Transportation Plans (RTPs) or were formally adopted by a governing board.  Projects that meet the Freight Project definition are categorized into four basic project categories that work to align them with broad statewide strategies and goals.  The CFMP Implementation and Improvement Strategy for the Project List uses prioritized corridors, focus areas, and overarching strategies and is multi-tiered to address the needs of California’s full, multimodal integrated freight system, as well as to respond to each of the CFMP goals and their corresponding federal freight goals.

Background: What is California's Freight Network?

California has the most extensive, complex, interconnected freight system in the nation.  It is an unparalleled freight system that in 2012 transported approximately 155.1 million tons of freight valued at $684.5 billion from and through California, including international imports, to the rest of the United States.  This extensive system is multimodal and includes highways, seaports, airports with air cargo operations, Class I railroads, short line railroads, border ports of entry with Mexico, pipelines, warehousing and distribution centers, and local connector roads.  California’s freight transportation system not only links the State to the national and global economies but also serves as the nation’s primary gateway to the Pacific Rim.  The freight transportation system is the pillar of state’s economy, supporting over 1.3 million freight-specific jobs, boosting California’s status to becoming the 8th largest economy in the world in 2013.

What's Next?

The CFMP serves as a foundation for ongoing work to achieve a sustainable freight transport system, powered by zero and near-zero emission equipment, that enhances the efficiency and economic competitiveness of California's logistics system, expands system capacity creates jobs while providing reliable velocity and improving safety and mobility.  However, the Plan does not articulate how the State will address criteria air pollutant and green house gas emissions reduction requirements and goals.  California state agencies are already coordinating efforts to identify actions that the State will take to transform California's freight system into a more sustainable freight system.  The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is currently developing the Sustainable Freight Strategy that will articulate how the requirements and goals will be met, and that information is expected in late 2015.  The Plan will be amended to be consistent with the Sustainable Freight Strategy and to respond to still-emerging federal freight planning guidelines, performance measures, and network definitions and potentially, a new federal transportation bill.