California Department of Transportation

Marine Highway Project

California Green Trade Corridor / Marine Highway Project

The purpose of the California Green Trade Corridor / Marine Highway Project is to use barges to move bulk cargo along inland waterways, creating an alternative to conventional freight and cargo movement by trucks and rail.

On February 17, 2010, a $30 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER 1) grant was awarded to the Oakland, Stockton, and West Sacramento ports. Grant funds will be used to upgrade the port facilities and purchase the equipment needed to transport containers. Analysts predict this container-on-barge service could eliminate 180,000 truck trips from I-580, I-80, and I-205 corridors, saving approximately 7 million gallons of fuel annually, as well as reduce air emissions in the process. The ports expect the service to be used primarily for consumer goods and agricultural products grown in Central California and Northern California.