California Statewide Freight Forecasting Model (CSFFM)

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) developed the California Statewide Freight Forecasting Model (CSFFM) to assist the Department and our partner agencies to better understand freight movement in California and its impacts on highway infrastructure, transportation networks, highway safety, energy consumption, emissions of greenhouse gasses (GHG), and regulatory practices.  The CSFFM can address socioeconomic conditions, freight-related land use policies, environmental policies and multimodal infrastructure investments.

The formulation of the CSFFM originated from the need to develop a freight modeling system capable of evaluating the impacts of freight infrastructure enhancements and other related strategies to relieve traffic congestion, mobility, air quality, fuel consumption, emissions analysis, public health, climate change, and the relationship to the economy.

How does it work?

The CSFFM utilizes Citilabs Cube modeling software to ensure compatibility with the California Statewide Travel Demand Model (CSTDM).  The model includes a 2015 Base Year and future year data sets for 2020, 2030, 2040 and 2050.  Model updates are expected on a 5-year cycle.


The CSFFM is a freight transportation modeling tool developed for analyzing the impacts of and relationship between commodity flows and truck movements and the linkages between these movements and transportation networks, highway safety, energy/fuel consumption, efficiency of goods movement, economics, and emissions.

  • Car Travel Behavior
  • Freight movement analysis evaluating MAP-21 system performance requirements, variables in logistics chaining and emission models for various freight modes
  • Infrastructure improvement assessments
  • GHG emission change reports as required by law
  • Statewide interregional trip volumes and Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT)
  • Trip volumes and length distribution by trip purpose
  • Travel demand model for RTPAs who don’t have adopted models


The CSFFM will help California meet it’s air quality improvement goals as required by AB 32 and SB 391.

Contacts, general inquiries and requests, Statewide Modeling

Kalin Pacheco, Chief, Statewide Modeling

Steven Vo, TE

Katie Murphy, RDS II