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San Francisco Bay Area Goods Movement Plan

The movement of freight is a crucial piece of our regional transportation puzzle.

Freight movement supports a strong economy and delivers the products needed by both residents and businesses. It also has a significant environmental and public health impact on nearby communities.

Trucks at the Port of Oakland
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Trucks at the Port of Oakland.

As part of the development of Plan Bay Area 2040, MTC produced a new San Francisco Bay Area Goods Movement Plan in early 2016.

Freight Focus on the East Bay

Alameda County — and the Port of Oakland especially — is the heart of the Bay Area’s freight activity.

MTC’s goods movement research is closely integrated with the Alameda County Transportation Commission’s countywide planning effort.

MTC also coordinates with state and federal freight planning and policy initiatives. Ensuring consistency among all plans is a critical part of our work.

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MTC identified five key goals for the San Francisco Bay Area Goods Movement Plan:

  • Increase economic growth and prosperity
  • Reduce environmental and community impacts and improve the quality of life in communities most affected by goods movement
  • Provide safe, reliable, efficient and well-maintained freight movement facilities
  • Promote innovative technology strategies to improve efficiency
  • Preserve and strengthen a multi-modal system that supports freight movement and is coordinated with passenger transportation systems and local land-use decisions

The San Francisco Bay Area Goods Movement Plan:

  • Evaluates existing conditions and key trends, issues and opportunities
  • Recommends projects, programs and policies to improve the efficiency of goods movement while reducing impacts on communities
  • Includes both detailed descriptions of the Bay Area’s main freight corridors and discussion of local goods movement needs
  • Assesses the importance of goods movement to Bay Area employment and the regional economy