Eastern Sierra Corridor Freight Study

Published:

prepared for Caltrans

prepared by Cambridge Systematics, Inc.

515 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 1975 Los Angeles, CA 90071 with American Transportation Research Institute date February 28, 2019

The eastern side of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountain range is lined with scenic tourist destinations and peaceful ranching communities. Residents and visitors are drawn to this region to enjoy nature’s playground. Connecting these rural towns and iconic sites to each other and to the outside world is US 395, which also serves as the most direct route between Southern California’s Inland Empire and the Reno metropolitan area in Northwestern Nevada. Truck drivers have enjoyed traveling this route for decades. However, with the recent and projected growth of the Inland Empire and Northwestern Nevada, there is growing concern with potential conflicts between trucks and the small communities they pass through. As shown in Figure ES.1, the Eastern Sierra Corridor (the region within the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 9 boundary) is a rural region served by a long north-south highway corridor consisting mainly of US 395 that provides lifeline accessibility for people and goods in Inyo and Mono Counties, tourist accessibility to recreational destinations (such as Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake, Mammoth Lakes, Mount Whitney, Death Valley National Park, and numerous quaint towns, shops and museums, etc.) and major interregional goods movement connectivity between Northern Nevada and Southern/Central Valley California.