The San Joaquin Valley has always been California’s geographic and agricultural production center generating more than $45 billion every year in nuts, lettuce, tomatoes, wine, and other grains and agricultural products. It also plays a major role in the national and international distribution of processed foods and energy products, and has a burgeoning logistics and distribution industry. Approximately half of the Valley’s goods movement
Inter-Regional Goods Movement
passes through the Valley with destinations to the ports, major urban centers and/or out of state. The region is California’s fastest-growing region, with a population of over 4 million that is anticipated to grow to more than 6 million people by 2035. The 99 and I-5 Corridor provides the bulk of the capacity for this goods movement flow that primarily benefits the rest of the state while greatly impacting the Valley’s air emissions.o.
Current Planning Efforts
Past Planning Efforts
I-5 and SR 99
Building upon previous goods movement planning efforts, the eight San Joaquin Valley Regional Planning Agencies are currently undertaking a study for Interstate 5 and State Route 99, major freight movement corridors identified as part of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) National Primary Freight Network and vital to Valley’s economy.
This study is funded through a 2015-16 Caltrans Emerging Priorities grant for continued evaluation and refinement of the San Joaquin Valley goods movement system. Cambridge Systematics is the prime consultant engaged on this study
The San Joaquin Valley Goods Movement Sustainable Implementation Plan (SJVGMSIP)
10-MER-99 / Arboleda Freeway Project ribbon cutting ceremony. Event took place along Doppler Road, near LeGrand Road. Event speakers included Caltrans Director Malcolm Dogherty, District 10 Director Dennis Agar, City of Merced Mayor Stan Thurston, Supervisor John Pedrozo (Merced County Board of Supervisors) and Marjie Kirn MCAG Executive Birector.
The San Joaquin Valley Goods Movement Sustainable Implementation Plan (SJVGMSIP) will build upon the previously completed San Joaquin Valley Interregional Goods Movement Plan which identified “first and last mile connectivity” (e.g. to-and-from freight hubs located within proximity of highways or agricultural processing centers, distribution centers, intermodal facilities, and industrial and commercial zoned land and other freight hubs), truck routing and parking needs, rural priority corridors, and developing a goods movement performance and modeling framework for the San Joaquin Valley as critical needs steps for further evaluation and development.
This study is funded through a 2014-15 Caltrans Partnership Planning for Sustainable Transportation grant program for continued evaluation and refinement of the San Joaquin Valley goods movement system. Cambridge Systematics is the prime consultant engaged on this study.
2013 San Joaquin Valley Interregional Goods Movement Plan
Recognizing the importance of goods movement to the region, the eight San Joaquin Valley Regional Planning Agencies and Caltrans commissioned the San Joaquin Valley Interregional Goods Movement Plan completed in 2013. The Goods Movement Plan builds upon recent traffic, logistics, and long-term infrastructure improvement planning efforts throughout the region. Building on these prior efforts and new analysis, the Goods Movement Plan developed a comprehensive list of prioritized multi-modal projects, strategic programs, and policies that will guide future goods movement investments and policy. The Plan concludes with a discussion of funding and implementation strategies so the SJV Regional Planning Agencies can move forward with next steps to realize the vision embodied in the Plan.