Inter-Regional Goods Movement

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

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

California Inland Port Project

A Transformative Project for the State of California

Updated as of June 2021



At A Glance

A collaborative consortium of California partners has joined forces to analyze the feasibility of developing a new, inter-modal rail spine to connect seaports to key markets via the Central Valley. This California “Inland Port” system would cut greenhouse gases, significantly improve air quality, reduce road congestion, boost traffic safety, and advance California’s extraordinarily large intra-state freight movement system.

Project Stakeholders and Supporters

The primary stakeholders on this project represent a unique blend of public and private partners, all committed to increasing the competitiveness of the San Joaquin Valley:  Led by the Fresno Council of Governments, the partners include the  Port of Los Angeles; the Port of Long Beach; Union Pacific Railroad; BNSF Railroad; the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District; South Coast Air Quality Management District; San Joaquin Valley Metropolitan Planning Organizations (Kern County, Kings County, Tulare County, Fresno County, Madera County, Stanislaus County, San Joaquin County); Sacramento County; Sacramento Council of Governments; Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District; and the Central Valley Community Foundation.


Project Objectives

The objectives of the California Inland Port are:

  • Support new job creation and investment growth by fundamentally repositioning the economic competitiveness of the San Joaquin Valley region.
  • Create a more robust and efficient distribution system with a specific focus on high-value manufacturing, e-commerce, and the agriculture sectors.
  • Reducing shipping costs for shippers that manage global supply chains through direct intermodal rail service to/from the San Pedro seaports.
  • Significantly reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the number of truck trips from the seaports complex in the Los Angeles region to the Central Valley and the Bay Area.
  • Reduce highway road congestion, with a parallel reduction in the requirement for road maintenance; accident-avoidance savings; all of this reducing cost.


Phase One Feasibility Study (completed in Spring 2020)

Phase One of this project analyzed the size of the market; reviewed the underlying truck versus rail transportation costs; and analyzed the reduction in criteria pollutants, fuel use, and GHG emissions.

Final Report

Phase Two Feasibility Study (currently underway)

Phase Two is developing market readiness and acceptance, estimating costs, developing a partnership with one or both Class One railroads, reviewing the economic competitiveness impact to the region, and understanding the environmental process to move forward.

Phase Three Feasibility Study -Caltrans Strategic Partnership Grant  (Awarded June 2021)

Phase Three will require a similar approach as used in the previous phases and will move the project forward to the delivery stage, utilizing the contribution and involvement by a range of partners and other stakeholders. Phase Three will specifically detail a Project Financial Performance Model, develop a Business Plan for Green, High-Efficiency Logistics/Investment Hubs Around Intermodal Facilities, plan for an Intermodal Facility Site Selection, develop Detailed Capital Cost Programs, deliver a Railroad Agreement to Collaborate, and develop Public-Private Delivery Options.


Grant Application

Phase Four USDOT Regional Infrastructure Accelerators Program (Awarded September 2021)

This phase has received funding from the USDOT Regional Infrastructure Accelerators Program, with Fresno Council of Governments applying in March 2021. The application received immense support from partners around the state, including CalSTA and OPR. Final award decisions have not been announced.

Grant Application

USDOT RAISE Discretionary Planning Grant Program (planned, awards to be announced in November 2021)

Fresno COG has applied for the new FY2021 Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Planning Grant Program which would work parallel with the Accelerator efforts. While many aspects of project planning are already funded, a RAISE grant would enable in-depth site-specific planning in conjunction with social equity and environmental justice constituents.

For more information or questions, please contact Fresno COG Project Manager Braden Duran at

Grant Application

Past Planning Efforts

I-5 and SR 99


airpollutionBuilding 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

Upcoming EventsDraft Plan DocumentsTechnical Advisory Committee MeetingsOther Resources

The San Joaquin Valley Goods Movement Sustainable Implementation Plan (SJVGMSIP)


Goods Movement 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.

Upcoming EventsTechnical Advisory Committee MeetingsDraft Plan DocumentsOther Resources

2013 San Joaquin Valley Interregional Goods Movement Plan


SR 99 Goods MovementRecognizing 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.