Goods movement is critical to a strong economy and to a high quality of life in Alameda County. Goods movement activities create a diverse array of jobs, provide residents and businesses with the products they need, and generate tax revenues to support crucial public investments. Despite tremendous benefits to residents and businesses, goods movement activities also have environmental and community impacts that must be considered and mitigated.
Alameda County is a goods movement hub for Northern California — serving as a gateway to the world for goods from the county, Bay Area, Northern California and even the Western U.S. — and supporting the local economy. Goods movement facilities in Alameda County include:
- The Port of Oakland and the Oakland International Airport.
- An extensive network of interstate freeways and arterial roads.
- Two major Class I railroads.
- A variety of industrial, manufacturing, warehousing and other land uses.
- The largest number of transportation-related jobs of any county in the Bay Area.
Alameda CTC is leading a Bay Area Goods Movement Collaborative, which brings together partners, community members and stakeholders from across the county and region in an organized structure to understand goods movement needs and identify, prioritize and advocate for short- and long-term strategies to address these needs in Alameda County and the Bay Area. For detailed information on the Collaborative, go to the tab below. Alameda CTC also developed a Goods Movement Plan that outlines a long-range strategy for how to move goods efficiently, reliably and sustainably within, to, from and through Alameda County by roads, rail, air and water.
Integrated Countywide and Regional Approach
Because goods movement markets and supply chains frequently cross county lines, Alameda CTC has partnered with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to jointly develop the Alameda County Goods Movement Plan and the Regional Goods Movement Plan. The joint long-range plan development will ensure consistency between plans and enable outreach to a wider range of stakeholders from around the region and megaregion to provide a more complete picture of the goods movement system in Alameda County and the Bay Area.
Regional, State and Federal Goods Movement Planning
Alameda CTC coordinates Alameda County goods movement planning with goods movement planning at the regional, state and federal levels:
- MTC Regional Goods Movement Study
- San Francisco Bay Area Freight Mobility Study
- Caltrans Headquarters Freight Planning Branch
- Caltrans has convened a California Freight Advisory Committee, and Alameda CTC is represented on the CFAC.
- Federal Highway Administration Freight Management and Operations
The Bay Area Goods Movement Collaborative brings together partners, community members and stakeholders from across the county and region in an organized structure to understand goods movement needs and identify, prioritize and advocate for short- and long-term strategies to address these needs in Alameda County and the Bay Area. The collaborative will establish an ongoing method for discussing and advocating for goods movement investments, policies and programs during the life of this project and beyond.
The Goods Movement Collaborative includes the following elements:
- Executive Team provides strategic guidance for the plan development and is comprised of executive-level staff from Alameda CTC, the Port of Oakland, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the California Department of Transportation, the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Solano Transportation Authority, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
- Technical Team provides review of technical memorandums as well as draft and final plans, assists in identifying strategies to improve goods movement while minimizing impacts on communities and the environment, provides inputs on performance measures used to evaluate strategies and offers guidance on feasibility of implementation strategies and coordination. The Alameda County Technical Advisory Committee serves as the Technical Team for the countywide portion of the Goods Movement Collaborative.
- Interest Groups provide context and information on economic, business, environmental and community needs and issues related to goods movement, offer feedback on performance measures used to evaluate strategies, comment on strategies to realize goods movement economic opportunities and address goods movement effects on communities, and provide input on draft and final plans. Alameda CTC will perform direct outreach to obtain interest group opinions and perspectives at several points through the life of the Goods Movement Plan development. In addition, Alameda CTC invites interest groups to provide input at Technical Team meetings.
- Roundtable Meetings serve as forums and information-exchange platforms to bring together participants from the Executive Team, Technical Team, interest groups and other interested stakeholders to address plan development and goods movement advocacy. Five roundtables will occur throughout the project.
- Roundtable 1, July 23, 2014, Building a Regional Perspective: Goods Movement Opportunities and Issues in the Bay Area: More than 100 government leaders, business representatives, industry experts and community partners attended this roundtable and actively engaged in panel discussions and break-out groups focused on issues, opportunities, trends and innovations in goods movement in the Bay Area.
- Roundtable 2, November 15, 2014, Community Collaboration for Sustainable Goods Movement: Alameda CTC and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) hosted an interactive and engaging community forum to discuss neighborhood issues and opportunities related to goods movement and freight in Alameda County and the Bay Area.
- Roundtable 3, January 21, 2015, Moving Goods and Freight in the Bay Area: Needs and Opportunities: Alameda CTC and MTC hosted an engaging discussion to evaluate key findings from the goods movement needs assessments for Alameda County and the Bay Area region.
- Roundtable 4, July 22, 2015, Moving Forward: Bay Area Strategies for Improving Freight. Alameda CTC and MTC hosted an engaging, interactive workshop to discuss regional freight strategies and opportunities. To contribute your ideas, take the freight strategies survey.
- Roundtable 5, January 22, 2016, The Future of Freight: Mobilizing Partners Across the Bay Area: Alameda CTC and MTC hosted lively panel discussions on upcoming legislation, policies and funding opportunities to improve goods movement corridors in the Bay Area as well as collaborative partnerships to leverage the assets of the Northern California Megaregion.
- Roundtable 6, December 11, 2017, The Future of Freight: Goods Movement in the Bay Area: Alameda CTC and MTC hosted lively panel discussions on moving goods movement forward in the Bay Area, investing in the region and planning for the megaregion.
For two years, Alameda CTC worked with partners to develop a Countywide Goods Movement Plan. The Commission approved the plan in February 2016. The Alameda County Goods Movement Plan outlines a long-range strategy for how to move goods effectively within, to, from and through Alameda County by roads, rail, air and water. The plan ultimately is a component of the Alameda Countywide Transportation Plan.
The plan was developed to:
- Establish a vision for the sustainable movement of freight and other goods to ensure Alameda County continues to play a vital role in the San Francisco Bay Area economy.
- Identify strategies including infrastructure investments, policy changes and programs to address goods movement issues and realize goods movement system opportunities.
- Use a series of performance measures consistent with the vision and goals to evaluate and prioritize these strategies.
- Develop short- and long-term strategies and project lists to support goods movement in Alameda County.
- Develop educational and advocacy strategies for the Bay Area.
- Final Alameda County Goods Movement Plan
- Final Alameda County Goods Movement Plan - Low Resolution Version
- Appendix A FAST Corridor (Freight Action Strategy partnership) Memorandum of Understanding
- Appendix B Inventory of Existing Plan and Policies
- Appendix C Vision and Goals
- Appendix D Infrastructure, Services and Trends
- Appendix E Importance of Goods Movement
- Appendix F Multimodal Performance Measures and Strategy Evaluation Methodology
- Appendix G Freight Demand Forecasts
- Appendix H Needs Assessment
- Appendix I Needs Assessment Case Studies
- Appendix J Strategies for Improving Goods Movement
- Appendix K Strategy Evaluation Results
- Responses to Comments on Draft Plan