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Northern California Mega-Region Goods Movement Study

A partnership between MTC, the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG), Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
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MTC is leading the first ever comprehensive study of the Northern California goods movement system, which serves 19 counties and 147 cities, employs over 1.7 million workers, and contributes over $10 billion to the mega-region’s economic output. For this study the mega-region includes the economically and geographically linked regions of the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, the Northern San Joaquin Valley, and the Monterey Bay Area. The study will develop recommendations to grow and expand the goods movement sector over a two-year period that ends in June 2018. These recommendations will be based on extensive technical analysis of the “cluster” of industries that forms the goods movement sector, as well as broad engagement of multiple stakeholders including, employers and business groups, local and regional economic development agencies, community organizations, workforce training entities, elected leaders and other partners.

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Study Partners
The Northern California Freight Collaborative will oversee the development of the Study in coordination with the respective boards for MTC and its partner agencies to ensure a broad-based participation of stakeholders who will effectively reflect the diverse needs of the Mega-Region.

Study Outcomes
The Northern California Mega-Region Goods Movement Study aims to create a shared and consistent interregional vision identifying how to effectively and efficiently conduct goods movement through and within the communities of northern California while maximizing benefits and minimizing costs and impacts to residents and firms.  This entails in part harmonizing a variety of current and potential multimodal transportation options.  The study will focus on the outcomes of:

  • Understanding Mega-Regional Goods Movement Clusters and their needs
  • Transportation and Land Use Challenges and Opportunities related to Goods Movement
  • Goods Movement Workforce Training Challenges and Opportunities in the Mega-Region
  • Identifying five (5) to ten (10) critical focus areas in the goods movement system along with strategies and an implementation plan

Process and Timeline Diagram

Study Stakeholder Engagement
MTC and the study partners have extensive experience and a strong commitment to engaging stakeholders and community groups throughout the development of the study.  Stakeholder engagement will follow a problem-solving approach, bringing together the freight community (shippers and freight transportation providers, including public agencies that provide freight-serving transportation infrastructure) and regional planners to discuss complex issues facing their industries, as well as those communities through which goods are moved and their residents.  The specific purposes of the study engagement activities include:

  • To provide stakeholders with multiple opportunities to learn about the Mega-Regional Goods Movement Study, and review the findings and implications
  • To create and distribute public information that is appropriate and accessible to affected stakeholders
  • To provide policy makers with information about stakeholders needs, opinions, and values regarding the Mega-Region Goods Movement Study
  • Project Fact Sheet
  • Mega Region Profile (coming soon)
  • Stakeholder Engagement Plan (coming soon)
  • Newsletter (coming soon)
  • Survey Instrument (coming soon)

MTC and the Study Team want to hear from you. Do you have a question about the Study, want more information, or want to be added to the stakeholder database? Here’s how you can reach us:

MTC Project Contact:

Johnny Jaramillo
(415) 820-7983