California Department of Transportation

Freight Planning

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, goods movement must also address the needs of infrastructure, other modes of transportation, communities, and the environment.  

Goods Movement Fact Sheet

Visit the California Freight Mobility Plan (CFMB) Website
The CFMP is a statewide, long-range plan with the following vision for the movement of freight in California: As the national gateway for international trade and domestic commerce, California enhances economic competitiveness by collaboratively developing and operating an integrated, multimodal freight transportation system that provides safe, sustainable freight mobility. This system facilitates the reliable and efficient movement of freight and people while ensuring a prosperous economy, social equity, and human and environmental health.

Central Coast California Commercial Flows Study

Over the next several decades, the Central Coast region can expect to see significant increases in freight movement due to both population increases and a continued expansion of the region’s agricultural production. As a result of this demand for freight by both the local population and industries, a focus on enhancing the efficiency and safety of the region’s goods movement system is critical to supporting the economic health of the region and the quality of life for its residents. To respond to this challenge, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 5, Council of San Benito County Governments (SBCOG), Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG), San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG), Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC), and Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC), have partnered with the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) to sponsor this study of freight flows, issues, needs, and deficiencies in the region. Moreover, this study provides findings and recommendations, which can assist these agencies in proactively responding to the future freight challenges.

Top 10 Regional Truck Count Locations
2009: Five-Axel Trucks, All Truck Types

Last updated: September 12, 2017