California Department of Transportation

Goods Movement Action Plan

The Goods Movement Action Plan (GMAP) was issued by the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency (Agency) and the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA) in two phases in 2005 and 2007.  It was a major milestone in statewide policy and planning for freight transportation, trade corridors, and related air quality issues.  The GMAP helped guide project selection for the allocation of funds under the $2 billion Trade Corridors Improvement Fund (TCIF) program, authorized by the voter-approved Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality and Port Security Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 1B). 

Statewide Strategy

The State of California has a framework for action for goods movement decision making in the Goods Movement Action Plan.  The plan provides analysis, strategies, and recommendations to address California’s current and projected goods movement needs for capacity expansion, improved efficiency, enhanced security, job creation, and the mitigation of public health, environmental, and community impacts. The GMAP was the result of a transparent and an inclusive process that involved a diverse group of stakeholders.  It was a key component of former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Strategic Growth Plan, which has helped to inform allocation of Proposition 1B funding for the Trade Corridors Improvement Fund (TCIF) Program and the Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program.

Focus Regions & Corridors

The GMAP focuses on four goods movement priority regions and corridors in California – the Los Angeles/Inland Empire Region, the San Diego/Border Region, the Central Valley Region and the Bay Area Region – and identifies solutions within these regions to reduce congestion and accommodate expansion of trade between California and the rest of the nation and the world while simultaneously preserving the environment. 
GMAP Priority Regions and Corridors in California Map

Goods Movement Action Plan, Phase 1: Foundations

Released September 2, 2005, this report characterizes the “what” and the “why” of the State’s involvement in goods movement. 

Goods Movement Action Plan, Phase 2: Report

Released on January 11, 2007, this report presents the “who,” “when,” and “how” required to integrate efforts to improve the State’s goods movement system while mitigating environmental impacts.

Related and Predecessor Plans

Emission Reduction Plan for Ports and Goods Movement

Based in part on the air pollution findings in the Phase I: Foundations report, the State of California Air Resources Board (ARB) developed the 2006 Emission Reduction Plan for Ports and Goods Movement as a component of the GMAP Phase II Report.   

 2002 Global Gateways Plan & 1998 Statewide Goods Movement Strategy

The State’s planning efforts relating to goods movement did not begin with the GMAP.  The GMAP built upon ideas formulated within the Global Gateways Development Program, a policy document that collected stakeholder perspectives on options to facilitate the movement of goods in California.  This report was written by the Caltrans Office of Goods Movement (now the Office of System and Freight Planning) and was released in January 2002.
An even earlier predecessor was the Statewide Goods Movement Strategy, developed as part of the 1998 California Transportation Plan. 

Statewide Goods Movement Strategy