California Department of Transportation

Trade Corridors Improvement Fund (TCIF)

Office of Freight Planning

The Office of Freight Planning is responsible for identifying and prioritizing projects in coordination with regional coalitions and freight stakeholders as well as internally with Caltrans Division of Rail, Division of Local Assistance, the Division of Project Management and District offices. While the Division of Programming oversees the technical side of project development and delivery.

TCIF Project Information

The California Transportation Commission (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. TCIF Detailed Project Description table.

Prop 1B

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 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. 

More Information

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.