California's Freight Transportation System
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 of international trade. 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, freight movement may also have adverse effects on infrastructure, communities, and the environment.
Freight Planning Activities
The Office of Freight Planning develops strategies, policies, and methodologies that work to improve the freight transportation system in California. The Freight Planning Program is focused on the following activities:
- Ensuring public safety and security;
- Improving freight mobility;
- Developing long-term strategic plans and policies to improve the State's goods movement system while protecting the environment and affected communities;
- Advocating for dedicated funding for goods movement programs and projects;
- Building partnerships with public and private officials and goods movement stakeholders;
- Developing analytical tools and supporting data collection to better inform goods movement planning and decision-making.
Goods Movement Special Topics
Trucks, freight trains, container ships, and cargo aircraft move countless tons of goods that buyers and consumers demand from manufacturers and suppliers all over the world. Aside from the state highway system, much of the freight transportation network is privately owned and operated. For this reason, partnerships with the private sector and local and regional agencies are critical to fostering and maintaining coordinated and efficient freight planning and implementation.
Topics of interest involving special studies include but are not limited to:
- Air Cargo & Grounds Access;
- Commercial Vehicle Parking Needs;
- Freight Rail;
- Land Use / LD-IGR;
- Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS);
- Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) supported Infrastructure, etc.
The Office of Freight Planning conducts analyses of freight transportation system performance and future trends, develops freight mobility plans and modal studies, and recommends improvements to goods movement systems and operations through system planning, regional planning, intergovernmental review, participation on multi-state goods movement advisory committees, and other activities.
Erin Thompson, Office Chief
Eric Fredericks, Branch Chief, Sustainable Freight
Jeffrey Morneau, Branch Chief, Freight Planning
Kelly Eagan, Branch Chief, Technical Freight Planning