San Joaquin Valley Goods Movement Study
Interregional Goods Movement Study
Valley-wide Project Manager: Michael Sigala, Sigala Inc.
Consultant/Deputy Project Manager: Sophie Hartshorn, Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
Fresno COG Project Manager: Rob Terry, Senior Regional Planner
The San Joaquin Valley Interregional Goods Movement Plan identifies a future preferred goods movement system for the Valley implemented through a comprehensive interregional strategy. This planning effort was organized by all eight of the San Joaquin Valley Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPA’s/COG’s), and was managed by valley-wide coordinator/consultant Michael Sigala, with Sigala Inc., with concultant services provided by Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
The planning effort occured over a 24+ month period beginning in May 2011 and involved numerous stakeholders including the Federal Highway Administration, Caltrans, ports, private trucking industry, railroads, regional transportation agencies, the agricultural industry and others. There were several goals driving the effort, which are reflected in the final products. Among those goals were, (1) to work with regional freight stakeholders to understand the issues, challenges, bottlenecks, and opportunities of the Valley’s multi-modal goods movement system; (2) to assess the supply chain and logistics trends and how they will impact goods movement in the future; (3) to create a prioritized investment plan of project improvements and strategies to increase the efficiency and reliability of the region’s goods movement system; (4) to contribute to economic development, strong industries, and environmental health throughout the entire San Joaquin Valley.
Complete project information and documents can be found at these links on the San Joaquin Valley Goods Movement website:
Truck Model Improvement Project
Consultant Project Manager: Vamsee Modugula, Cambridge Systematics, 510.873.8700, www.camsys.comLead Agency Project Manager: Mike Bitner, Council of Fresno County Goverments, 559.233.4148, www.fresnocog.org
The San Joaquin Valley (SJV) Goods Movement Study project is the third phase of goods movement related studies in the valley. The proposed project will provide improvements to the 8-county (Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Madera, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced) SJV truck model and integrates with local models. The model has been developed to provide an analytical basis for evaluating the benefits of transportation investments that impact the movement of goods in the Valley. The first phase of the study described the goods movement system and freight flows for the region and generated a list of key goods movement issues and problems. Phase II of the study developed the San Joaquin Valley Truck model tool. In Phase III, the SJV truck model will test modified scenarios from Phase II and other goods movement scenarios in future years, such as: truck bypass in Fresno County, Shafter Intermodal Facility and "all truck" lanes on South and West Beltway facilities around Bakersfield in Kern County, truck movements along the Route 132 Corridor in Stanislaus County, truck diversion potential (in several communities) in Merced County, CIRIS truck related studies in San Joaquin County, and studies in other SJV counties. The completed model product will be used by each of the county Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and HQ Modeling and Travel Analysis Branch. The San Joaquin Valley region is one of the four major international trade regions in California, designated in the 2002 Global Gateways Development Program.