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Goods Movement

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What is Goods Movement?
Freight or goods movement is a term used to denote goods or produce transported by ship, plane, train or truck. Goods movement is the fastest growing segment of our region’s transportation sector. As our region continues to grow, it has become a key urban transportation issue. While public attention continues to focus on how to move people from one place to another, goods movement and the mitigation associated impacts to local communities has become increasingly more important in that equation, particularly with respect to traffic and train congestion along local corridors, streets and railways.
The following Southern California counties serve as a major gateway for our nation's trade:

  • Ventura
  • Los Angeles
  • Orange
  • Riverside
  • San Bernardino
  • Imperial
  • San Diego

Thirty-three percent of all international container cargo imported into the United States passes through our region’s ports. According to ports’ statistics, the San Pedro Bay ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach moved 13.9 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) a standard measure of shipping units one sees on rail cars and trucks) in 2011. Freight volumes at the ports are expected to double within 25 years. In addition, over $253 billion worth of goods transit across Southern California, generating over $15 billion in state and local taxes and providing an estimated 2.9 million jobs in the logistics industry (e.g., trucking, railroads, and warehousing). While transportation and elected officials see the need for an expansion of our trade infrastructure in order to maintain our region’s economic growth and competitiveness, the mitigation of the noise, traffic and health effects on communities along and in the proximity to freight movement corridors has also become an essential and important issue as part of goods movement policy discussions.

Orange County: A Bridge Between LA County and the Inland Empire
Orange County has a significant level of goods movement traffic because it serves as a bridge between Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire. Given the region’s increasing economic growth, freight movement activity within the County is expected to increase along the rail lines and freeways that traverse it. Currently, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway mainline between Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties carries an estimated 75 daily freight trains through parts of northern Orange County, in the cities of Yorba Linda, Anaheim, Buena Park, Fullerton, and Placentia. By 2025, this line will carry an estimated 125 daily freight trains. Along the Los Angeles/San Diego Rail Corridor (LOSSAN) which runs north/south through the county, daily freight train traffic is expected to increase from six to 12 trains by 2025.

  • Approximately $439 million is being invested by OCTA at five grade separation projects in the cities of Placentia, Anaheim and Yorba Linda in northern Orange County.

Given the County’s well-developed freeway system, goods movement-related truck volumes will also continue to grow. Interstate 5 (I-5), State Route 91 (SR-91), State Route 57 (SR-57), and State Route 55 (SR-55) currently have average daily volumes between 15,000 and 22,000 trucks. Priority highway projects on high volume truck routes are estimated to cost $325 million. 
Approximately $230 million is being invested in the goods movement related highway projects:

  • SR-91 (SR-57 to I-5) - $73 million
  • SR-57 Truck Climbing Lane - $157 million


  • OCTA has adopted a Goods Movement Policy.
  • OC Bridges Program under way.
  • Southern California Counties adopted a Multi-County Goods Movement Action Plan.
  • Proposition 1B provides $3 billion of funding to address goods movement-related issues.

OCTA Goods Movement Policy

  • Identify and support projects that link mitigation of community impacts and expansion of transportation system capacity.
  • Work with national, state and regional partners to create a stable, dedicated and secure funding source for goods movement projects that link mitigation to expansion of transportation system capacity.
  • Work with the ports, shippers and others, who gain economic benefit from goods movement, so that mitigation costs associated with capacity expansion projects are shared by the goods movement industry.
  • Develop and implement communication, legislative and funding solutions in partnership with congressional and state delegations, as well as regional and local elected officials.

Trade Corridor Air Quality Improvements: $1.0 billion

  • Funds strategies that reduce emissions from activities related to goods movement

Trade Corridor Improvement Fund: $2 billion

  • Funds for such goods movement projects as grade separations, truck climb lanes and general highway improvements.

Goods Movement Fact Sheet
Southern California Multi-County Goods Movement Action Plan

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