Trade Corridors Improvement Fund (TCIF)
The Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006, approved by the voters as Proposition 1B in 2006, made $2 billion available for infrastructure improvements along federally designated "Trade Corridors of National Significance" in California or along other corridors within California that have a high volume of freight movement.
The funds were made available to the California Transportation Commission (CTC) upon appropriation in the annual Budget Bill by the Legislature and subject to such conditions and criteria as the Legislature may provide by statute.
This $2 billion program within Proposition 1B is known as the Trade Corridors Improvement Fund (TCIF). The types of projects considered under this program include highway expansions, grade separations, rail capacity, and port access improvements. In selecting projects, the Goods Movement Action Plan was considered, among other factors.
Together with other Caltrans offices, the Freight Planning Branch conducts TCIF program oversight, including project management and technical assistance in the development and delivery of freight projects. Duties include serving as liaison to the CTC and assisting in the development of Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), baseline agreements and definitive agreements, and conducting project benefit analyses. In this work, the Office of System and Freight Planning coordinates with the Caltrans Division of Rail, the Division of Local Assistance, and the Division of Project Management.
CTC originally (in April 2008) approved a list of 79 projects with a total cost of $8.3 billion. As of the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2011–12 (January through March):
- 70 projects are active, with a total cost of $7.9 billion;
- 18 projects have been allocated;
- 16 projects are under construction; and
- 2 projects have been completed.
All remaining TCIF projects are required to be under construction by December 31, 2013, per TCIF guidelines.
Detailed project information is available on the CTC website, including the most current quarterly report.
In addition, the Freight Planning Branch has compiled a summary table on the current TCIF projects, focusing on the project benefits, purpose, and need. Click here for a PDF of the TCIF Detailed Project Description table.
For more information on the TCIF, including details on funded projects, visit the California Transportation Commission's TCIF web page and the State's Bond Accountability Website.