California Department of Transportation

Regional Goods Movement Activities


Many regional planning partners, such as Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs), develop freight plans, convene goods movement task forces, conduct studies, and include goods movment elements in their long-range transportation plans. These activities have contributed immensely to California's goods movement knowledge-base. Some of these efforts and resources are listed below.

North State

The North State Transportation for Economic Development Study makes a case for ongoing investments in the16-county North State Super Region and presents a robust discussion about the role of transportation and its potential to stimulate economic activity by connecting people, goods, services, and resources. 









San Francisco Bay Area

The Caltrans District 4-lead 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Freight Mobility Study provides rich information regarding the nine-county region’s current multimodal goods movement system. In addition to discussing the system’s role, commodities, functions, traffic implications, needs, impacts, and performance measures, the study also recommends strategies and projects that would benefit Bay Area freight movement.

The Bay Area Goods Movement Collaborative, lead by Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC), is a diverse group of Bay Area region stakeholders, community members, and partners organized to better understand goods movement needs and to identify, prioritize and advocate for short- and long-term strategies to address those needs.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Alameda CTC are jointly developing a long-range Countywide Goods Movement Plan and a Regional Goods Movement Plan, which will ensure consistency between the documents and reach a wider range of stakeholders. For more information about these plans and other initiatives, please visit the Alameda CTC and MTC goods movement websites.

Central Valley

A Caltrans District 3 Goods Movement Study, which covers the 11-county Sacramento Valley region, is currently underway. It will encompass system condition analysis, project listings, project prioritization methodology, recommendations, and implementation strategies.

The Sacramento Area Council of Governments’ (SACOG) Goods Movement web page contains information on their Goods Movement Advisory Group and the SACOG Regional Goods Movement Report (2006-2007).

The extensive 2013 San Joaquin Valley Interregional Goods Movement Plan provides a description of the existing freight infrastructure, which lays the foundation for analysis of economic and demographic trends in freight flows and the system’s capability to support anticipated growth in the eight-county San Joaquin Valley region. 



Central Coast

The 2012 Central Coast California Commercial Flows Study, prepared for the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) in alliance with several regional agencies, details the region’s commodity flows, issues, needs, and deficiencies.








Los Angeles and Inland Empire

On the Move, Southern California Delivers the Goods (2013), is a long-range comprehensive plan designed to “ensure that the region can continue to play a critical role in the global supply chain while meeting regional economic goals, addressing critical mobility challenges, preserving the environment, and contributing to community livability and quality of life.” It is the final product of the Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) Comprehensive Regional Goods Movement Plan and Implementation Strategy.

The 2012 SCAG Goods Movement Border Crossing Study is a compilation of information on goods movement crossing the United States-Mexico border in Imperial County for the purpose of assessing infrastructure needs and general planning efforts.

Phase II of the Port and Modal Elasticity Study, completed for SCAG in 2010, includes analytical tools to predict flows of waterborne containerized imports from Asia to the United States through North American ports and landside supply-chain channels.

The 2008 Multi-County Goods Movement Action Plan was a joint effort between Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and several regional agencies. The plan identifies actions, strategies, and specific next steps intended to improve the movement of goods through and within the region while simultaneously and continuously mitigating the impacts of goods movement on the environment and community.

The Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) Goods Movement web page contains information on their Goods Movement Program, including the “Goods Movement Knowledge Database” – a searchable electronic library of SCAG’s goods movement studies.

More information about goods movement in the Los Angeles and Inland Empire region can be found at the following websites:


San Diego and Border Region

The San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) Freight web page contains information on their freight system projects, plans, studies, and other efforts. SANDAG also has a web page related to United States-Mexico Border Coordination.

The SANDAG Freight Stakeholders Working Group meets as needed to provide input for the development of three major freight planning efforts.