TRADE CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS

WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING?

$300 million has been slated from a new fund for projects related to the routes and transportation infrastructure vital to California’s trade and freight economy. Top projects nominated by local agencies and the state that will make:

  • Improvements to highways so they can more efficiently handle and move freight
  • Freight rail system improvements
  • Enhancements to the capacity and efficiency of ports
  • Truck corridor improvements, such as dedicated truck facilities or truck toll facilities
  • Border access improvements
  • Surface transportation, local roads and connector road improvements to help move goods from California’s ports

local matching funds HIGH-PRIORITY PROJECTS ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING

Trade Corridor Improvements for projects such as:

  • High-priority grade separation projects statewide that improve safety where vehicles and trains intersect
  • Construction of a 7th border crossing at the Mexico/ California border — Otay Mesa East
  • I-710 improvements from the Southern California Ports
  • Highway 99 improvements in the Central Valley
  • Phase 2 of the 680/80/12 intersection in the Bay Area

trade corridors WHY THE FOCUS ON TRADE AND FREIGHT?

  • Freight movement generates about a third of California’s $2.2 trillion economy.
  • $740 billion: Portion of California’s GDP from freight- dependent industries
  • More than 5 million: California jobs in freight-dependent industry

(Source: State of California Employment Development Department, Labor Market Information Division)

  • California is the nation’s largest gateway for international trade and domestic commerce
  • Between 2015 and 2045, the Federal Highway Administration predicts that California freight tons will increase by 59 percent and freight value by 133 percent, with trucking being the dominant share of that load

transit CALIFORNIA’S FREIGHT SYSTEM BY THE NUMBERS

12
Deep-water seaports
5,300
Miles of freight railroad tracks
12
Airports with major cargo operations
5,800
Centerline miles of high-traffic volume interstate and state highways
3
International commercial land ports of entry