California Department of Transportation

Office of Freight Planning

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California's Freight Transportation System

Goods movement is a complex, decentralized, dynamic network of systems – a mixture of public and private infrastructure, carriers and shippers, planning and regulatory bodies, public involvement, and other players interacting at global, national, regional, and local scales. 

California is a major gateway and hub in terms of international trade on a global scale.  The State’s large population and market size also create huge domestic demands within its own borders.  While goods movement activities are critical in terms of jobs and the economy, freight movement may also have adverse effects on infrastructure, communities, and the environment.  

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Freight Planning Activities

The Office of Freight Planning develops strategies, policies, and methodologies that work to improve the freight transportation system in California.  The Freight Planning Program is focused on the following activities:

  • Ensuring public safety and security;

  • Improving freight mobility;

  • Developing long-term strategic plans and policies to improve the State's goods movement system, while protecting the environment and affected communities;

  • Advocating for dedicated funding for goods movement programs and projects;

  • Building partnerships with public and private officials and goods movement stakeholders;

  • Developing analytical tools and supporting data collection to better inform goods movement planning and decision-making.

Goods Movement Modes

Trucks, freight trains, container ships, and cargo aircraft move countless tons of goods that buyers and consumers demand from manufacturers and suppliers all over the world.   Aside from the state highway system, much of the freight transportation network is privately owned and operated.  For this reason, partnerships with the private sector and local and regional agencies are critical to fostering and maintaining coordinated and efficient freight planning and implementation.

These links provide more information about the goods movement modes and environmental considerations. 

The Freight Planning Branch conducts analyses of freight transportation system performance and future trends, develops freight mobility plans and modal studies, and recommends improvements to goods movement systems and operations through system planning, regional planning, intergovernmental review, participation on multi-state goods movement advisory committees, and other activities.  

Among the Branch’s current planning activities are the following (click on the links for more information):

Contact Information

Dawn Cheser, Acting Office Chief
TCIF Coordination
Program Lead
(916) 653-4590

Freight Planning

Debbie Nozuka
Air Cargo
Districts 1 & 2
(916) 651-6012

Ted Knapp
Maritime Liaison
Districts 3 & 4
(916) 651-6885

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 942874, MS-32
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001


Todd LaCasse
Freight Rail
Districts 6 & 10
(916) 654-7809

Elaine Houmani
CFAC Coordinator
(916) 653-0158

Street Address

1120 N Street - MS 32
Sacramento, CA 95814

Gilberto Chambers
Border Region
Districts 7, 8, 11 & 12
(916) 653-3424

Commercial Vehicles
Districts 5 & 9



GIS Support

Fay Meek
GIS Coordinator
(916) 653-9177

Drew Caputo
GIS Support
(916) 653-5995