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Freight by the Bay. Steve Heminger Executive Director Metropolitan Transportation Commission Oakland, CA West Coast Corridor Conference June 5, 2003. Objectives of the Study. Joint effort led by MTC with state/local agencies and business groups

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Freight by the bay

Freight by the Bay

Steve Heminger

Executive Director

Metropolitan Transportation Commission

Oakland, CA

West Coast Corridor Conference

June 5, 2003

Objectives of the study

Objectives of the Study

  • Joint effort led by MTC with state/local agencies and business groups

  • Understand the economic significance of goods movement to the Bay Area

  • Develop strategies for how MTC should allocate investment resources to goods movement in RTP

  • Develop Bay Area goods movement platform for TEA-21 reauthorization and major state policy discussions (i.e., Global Gateways Development Program)

Overview of approach

Task 1. Stakeholder Interviews and Issue Identification

Task 1. Develop Detailed Work Plan

Task 3. Cluster and Economic Impact Analysis

Task 2. Assessment of Issues and Strategies

Task 3.Final Report

Task 2. Data Reconnaissanceand Trend Analysis

Task 6. Initial Stakeholder Interviews

Task 4. Land Use and Community Impact Analysis

Task 7. Phase 1 Report

Task 5. TEA-21 Reauthorization

Overview of Approach

Phase I

(concludes August 2003)

Phase II

(concludes December 2003)

Outcomes for Phase I:

• Education Resources for Decision-makers

• Databases/Trend Analysis Reports

• Early Identification of Key Issues and Strategies

• Input for Federal Reauthorization

Outcomes for Phase II:

• Policies and Projects

• Legislative Approaches

• Input for RTP

Emerging freight themes for the bay area

Emerging Freight Themes for the Bay Area

  • Impacts of Northern California land development patterns

    • Shift of truck-intensive uses (e.g. warehousing, distribution facilities) to Central Valley

    • Impacts on I-580 – primary access to the interstate system

    • Available rail capacity for short haul options but limited profit potential – public/private partnership opportunities

  • International trade growth in the Bay Area

    • Access routes overlap intra-regional corridors – need for connector improvements

    • Access to the Port of Oakland is a critical constraint – role of short haul intermodal carriers (e.g. rail, barges, ferries)

Annual bay area trade in billions total 408 2 billion

Annual Bay Area Trade in $ Billions, Total = $408.2 Billion









S.F. Bay Area

San Joaquin Valley

L.A Region

Other California


Other States

Source: ITMS Data

Port of oakland annual container movement forecasts

Port of Oakland Annual Container Movement Forecasts

  • Container traffic will more than double by 2020

  • JIT will enable rail container volume to grow faster than over-the-road trucking

  • Expanding truck container volume will further stress highway system

  • Port will expand its role as an exporting enterprise

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Emerging Freight Themes for the Bay Area

  • Air cargo is fastest growing freight mode

    • Bay Area has been a leading air cargo market in CA – critical to regional high tech and perishable food industries

    • Ability to expand support facility space is a constraint

  • Continued need for reliable intra-regional corridors

    • I-80, I-580/I-880 & U.S. 101 – overlap with commuter traffic and gateway access

    • Constrained ROW – increased emphasis on operations

Bay area air cargo forecasts growth by segment

Bay Area air cargo forecasts growth by segment

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Relative Importance of Transportation Industry to Bay Area County Economies Trucking Example



Truck Tons Output (OB+IB+Internal)

Goods-Related Value Output ($ millions)


Goods-Related Employment



Bay AreaAverage










San Mateo






Source: 2000 ABAG, 1996 ITMS data

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