Strategic Planning

California Freight Mobility Plan (CFMP)

The California Freight Mobility Plan (CFMP) 2020 is a comprehensive plan that governs the immediate and long-range planning activities and capital investments with respect to freight movement. The CFMP 2020 complies with federal Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) requirements, California State Government Code Section 13978.8(b)(1), Assembly Bill (AB) 14 (Lowenthal), and is also consistent with the goals, principles, and actions of the 2016 California Sustainable Freight Action Plan (CSFAP).

The Secretary of California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) assigned responsibility for drafting the California Freight Mobility Plan (CFMP) to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in consultation with the California Freight Advisory Committee (CFAC) formed in compliance with AB 14. The update to the 2014 plan incorporates three new elements that were formed with the passing of the federal FAST Act, including the identification of Multimodal Critical Urban and Rural Freight Corridors, congestion or delay caused by freight movement and mitigation strategies, and a freight investment plan.

In June 2018, Caltrans Office of Freight delivered the CFMP Addendum to address the three new elements and maintain eligibility for National Highway Freight Program (NHFP) funding.

The 2020 CFMP is now being updated presently to include guidance for future freight investments covering $500 million in federally authorized NHFP funding, along with $2 billion in state sponsored SB 1 funded programs delivered over 5-years to improve California's surface transportation infrastructure, including our roads, bridges, transit system, and freight rail network.

Sustainable Freight Action Plan (CSFAP)

At the direction of Governor Brown's Executive Order B-32-15 executed in July 2015, the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), California Natural Resource Agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) are leading a team of related departments in the development of an integrated action plan by July 2016 that establishes clear targets by July 2016 to improve freight efficiency, transition to zero-emission technologies, and increase the competitiveness of California’s economy.

The lead agencies have developed an interagency group that includes the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz), who are to initiate work this year on corridor-level freight pilot projects focused on integrating advanced technologies, alternative fuels, freight fuel infrastructure, and opportunities for local economic development along California's primary trade corridors.

Senate Bill 1 (SB 1)

General Overview

After years of advocating for a solution to the state’s transportation crisis, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed SB 1 (Beall, 2017), also known as the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, increasing transportation funding and instituting much-needed reforms. SB 1 provides the first significant, stable, and on-going increase in state transportation funding in more than two decades.

Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (TCEP)

The Trade Corridor Enhancement Program provides an ongoing source of state funding dedicated to freight-related projects by establishing the new Trade Corridor Enhancement Account (TCEA). The TCEA will provide approximately $300 million per year in state funding for projects which more efficiently enhance the movement of goods along corridors that have a high freight volume. Subsequent legislation (SB 103), combined the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program funds with existing federal freight funding.

More information about the Transportation Corridor Enhancement Program can be found by visiting Transportation Corridor Enhancement Program.

Solutions for Congested Corridors Program (SCCP)

The purpose of the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program is to provide funding to achieve a balanced set of transportation, environmental, and community access improvements to reduce congestion throughout the state. This statewide, competitive program makes $250 million available annually for projects that implement specific transportation performance improvements and are part of a comprehensive corridor plan by providing more transportation choices while preserving the character of local communities and creating opportunities for neighborhood enhancement.

More information about the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program can be found by visiting Solutions for Congested Corridors Program.

INFRA Program

The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program established under the FAST Act of 2015, helps to rebuild America’s aging infrastructure. INFRA utilizes selection criteria that promote projects with national and regional economic vitality goals while leveraging non-federal funding to increase the total investment by state, local, and private partners. The program also incentivizes project sponsors to pursue innovative strategies, including public-private partnerships. INFRA promotes the incorporation of innovative technology, such as broadband deployment and intelligent transportation systems, that will improve our transportation system. INFRA will also hold recipients accountable for their performance in project delivery and operations.

The Department will make awards under the INFRA program to large and small projects. For a large project, the INFRA grant must be at least $25 million. For a small project, the grant must be at least $5 million. For each fiscal year of INFRA funds, 10 percent of available funds are reserved for small projects.

More information on the INFRA program is accessible by visiting INFRA Grants.

BUILD Grant Program

The Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, or BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant program, provides a unique opportunity for the DOT to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. Previously known as Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grants, Congress has dedicated nearly $7.9 billion for eleven rounds of National Infrastructure Investments to fund projects that have a significant local or regional impact.

In each competition, DOT receives hundreds of applications to build and repair critical pieces of our freight and passenger transportation networks. The BUILD program enables DOT to examine these projects on their merits to help ensure that taxpayers are getting the highest value for every dollar invested.

More information on the BUILD program is available by clicking here.

International Border Studies

Freight planning for the California-Mexico International Border Area requires special considerations, not only for the busy land POEs and access highways, but also for freight transported through the Port of San Diego and by regional and national rail lines. Caltrans coordinates on goods movement projects and initiatives with its government counterparts in Mexican transportation planning agencies, along with other U.S. local and regional transportation agencies, state and federal agencies, and many other stakeholders on both sides of the border. Caltrans freight planning in the border region is led by the District 11 International Border Studies Branch (IBSB), with support from Caltrans headquarters Office Freight Planning.

The IBSB’s mission is to reduce congestion and to improve mobility in California’s international transportation network and POEs. Services provided by IBSB include:

  • Coordination among regional transportation partners;
  • Policy advocacy for border study issues;
  • Transportation planning studies and initiatives;
  • Integration of goods movement needs into system planning studies;
  • Support to other governmental entities involved with U.S.-Mexico border transportation issues, such as the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS); and
  • Participation on binational coordination planning working groups.

California Critical Urban / Rural Freight Corridors

States and Metropolitan Planning Agencies (MPOs) are responsible for designating public roads targeted strategically for federal funding through the National Highway Freight Network Program in accordance with section 1116 of the federal FAST Act. The NHFN includes a subsystem of roadways including the Primary Highway Freight System - a network of highways identified as most critical to the US Transportation System consisting of 41,518 centerline miles of both Inter-and-non-Interstate roads. Critical Rural Freight Corridors (CRFCs) are public roads in non-urbanized areas which provide access and connections to the PHFS with other ports, public transportation facilities, and other intermodal freight facilities. Critical Urban Freight Corridors are public roads in urbanized areas of populations of 500,000 or more, which provide access and connection to the PHFS and the Interstate with other ports, public transportation facilities, and other intermodal transportation facilities. California is allotted 623 CRFC miles and 311 CUFC miles which are coordinated internally between the State and MPOs on an ongoing, rolling basis.