Regional Freight Planning

Over the next several decades, the Central Coast region can expect to see significant increases in freight movement due to both population increases and a continued expansion of the region’s agricultural production. As a result of this demand for freight by both the local and national population increases, a focus on enhancing the efficiency and safety of the region’s goods movement system is critical to supporting the economic health of the region and the quality of life for its residents. Given the importance freight and goods movement has in this region AMBAG has conducted planning efforts focused on the enhancement of freight mobility.

In collaboration with Caltrans District Five, Santa Barbara County Association of Governments, San Luis Obispo Council of Governments and the three regional RTPAs, AMBAG produced the Central Coast Commercial Flows Study.

One of the key factors in maintaining the region's agricultural industry's competitiveness is to provide additional methods of shipping products to the main markets, which are primarily located in the eastern U.S. With upward pricing pressure on the trucking industry due to rising fuel costs, and other factors that are discussed in the Salinas Valley Truck-to-Rail report, agricultural shippers are looking for alternatives for their transportation needs; the rail system is one of the main options available.

AMBAG completed an update to the Regional Airport System Plan for the airports in the Monterey Bay Area Region. AMBAG is responsible for regional airport system planning as part of our role as the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

AMBAG in cooperation with Caltrans, the Santa Cruz Regional Transportation Commission, the Transportation Agency for Monterey County, the Council of San Benito County Governments, the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, and the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments is preparing a goods movement plan for the US Highway 101 corridor along the California Central Coast from San Benito County to the North to Santa Barbara County in the South. This strategic plan will result in a plan to improve freight movement along the US Highway 101 corridor and key connecting routes, identify opportunities to improve freight movement, improve general traffic movement, and preserve the highway system.