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Regional Goods Movement

Regional Goods Movement Plan

Goods movement is a critical piece of the region’s transportation system, supporting a strong economy and providing residents and businesses with the products they need. Goods movement activities create a diverse array of jobs, and generate tax revenues to support crucial public investments. At the same time, goods movement activities have significant environmental and public health impacts on those communities located in close proximity to goods movement activities. Plan Bay Area, the region’s regional transportation plan and sustainable communities strategy, identifies goods movement as a key work item to advance as part of Plan implementation and to develop further for the Plan update in 2017.

MTC is developing an update to the Regional Goods Movement Plan. The regional work is being closely integrated with the Alameda County Transportation Commission’s (ACTC) countywide goods movement planning effort, as well as the ongoing state and federal freight planning and policy activity to ensure consistency among all plans and to provide a more complete picture of the goods movement system in the Bay Area.

The Regional Goods Movement Plan will:

  • Evaluate existing conditions and key trends, issues and opportunities throughout the region, including looking at connections with neighboring regions;
  • Develop and recommend strategies, including projects, programs and policies, to improve the efficiency of goods movement system in the region while reducing impacts on communities;
  • Include detailed descriptions of the main goods movement corridors in the region as well as discussion of more localized urban goods movement needs;
  • Include an assessment of the importance of goods movement to support jobs and the economy throughout the diverse region; and
  • Help build an advocacy platform for goods movement issues and needs to advance as part of the 2017 update of Plan Bay Area and to inform MTC’s federal and state advocacy.

The draft Vision Statement and goals detailed below will help guide development of the plan.

Plan Documents (PDF)

Regional Technical Advisory Committee (PDF)

Vision Statement

The Goods Movement system will be safe and efficient, provide seamless connections to international and domestic markets to enhance economic competitiveness, create jobs, and promote innovation while reducing environmental impacts and improving local communities’ quality of life.


  • Increase economic growth and prosperity that supports communities and businesses.
  • Reduce environmental and community impacts from goods movement operations to create healthy communities and a clean environment, and improve quality of life for those communities most affected by goods movement.
  • Provide safe, reliable, efficient and well-maintained goods movement facilities.
  • Promote innovative technology strategies to improve the efficiency of the goods movement system.
  • Preserve and strengthen an integrated and connected, multimodal goods movement system that supports freight mobility and access, and is coordinated with passenger transportation systems and local land use decisions.