SCAG Freight Corridors Study

What is the Ventura County Freight Corridors Study?

VCTC, the Port of Hueneme, and Caltrans have partnered with the Southern California Association of Governments to develop the Ventura County Freight Corridors Study, which will identify and prioritize the most significant freight corridors for safer, more efficient, and sustainable freight connections.  We will work with community and industry groups and the general public to refine the project objective, focus analysis efforts, and develop solutions with the greatest benefit to both the County’s economic competitiveness and environmental health.

What is the purpose of the Study?

The Ventura County Freight Corridors Study will establish a more thorough understanding of the highway freight corridors in Ventura County, along with key related local roads, and use the knowledge to inform future highway planning and investment decisions.  It will identify opportunities to support cleaner freight and goods movement, while continuing to promote Ventura County’s industries, including the strong agricultural economy, as well as the region and State’s economic growth.

It will assist the Port of Hueneme and the Ventura County region to move towards achieving State and regional emission reductions goals and increase social equity by planning for a transportation system that is efficient but not disproportionately centralized around disadvantaged communities.

How will the study be used to improve Ventura County?

The Ventura County Freight Corridors Study will bring together a range of community, industry and public agency voices to develop a consensus-driven plan that identifies steps to improve the safety and efficiency of freight movement throughout Ventura County and the region.

What does it mean for my community?

Long-range transportation infrastructure decisions require careful study of an assortment of issues to preserve and improve the existing roadway network with solutions that will ensure future investments yield the greatest sustainable benefit to the County’s economic competitiveness and growth as well as human and environmental health.

What is the Project Schedule?

May 2020 — October 2020

  • Evaluate existing conditions & future opportunities
  • Identify issues by listening to stakeholders
  • Define Opportunities, Vulnerabilities, Visions and Goals and the technical performance measures to assess solutions

November 2020 — March 2021

  • Develop alternatives to address issues through projects and programs
  • Public workshops
  • Technical analysis to inform decisions

April 2021 — August 2021

  • Priorities for implementation and scenarios of investment
  • Produce Final Report

How can I get involved?

We want to hear from you throughout the study.  We want to identify issues and needs through a survey (below), by setting up a one-on-one interview, or attending a workshop and providing your feedback in 2021. Please contact us with questions or comments. 

Survey

If you want to schedule a one-on-one telephone interview or have any additional questions or comments please contact us.

Caitlin Brooks, Project Manager

Ventura County Transportation Commission

[email protected]

805-642-1591 x119

How is this study related to the Our Future 101 and 101 Communities Connected Projects?

Our Future 101 is an alternatives analysis and environmental assessment for highway improvements on the mainline of the freeway. These include, for example, adding regular, carpool, or auxiliary lanes and ramps. 101 Communities Connected examines more than just the U.S. 101 freeway. It takes a more general and high-level view of the broader three-mile radius around the 101 to develop a list of potential multimodal improvements for highway, transit, bikes and pedestrians, which is coordinated to provide the most efficient overall mobility for all County residents that use the corridor.

Due to the amount of recent focus in the US 101 Corridor already, the Ventura County Freight Corridors Study project will look at freight connections beyond US 101 such as the regional highways of State routes 1, 23, 33, 34, 118, 126, and 150, including primary and arterial roadways as well as, connections outside the County.

What other transportation planning efforts studied freight in Ventura County?

Past Studies of freight in Ventura County focused on access to the Port of Hueneme in the Port of Hueneme Access Study (2000) and Cities of Port Hueneme/Oxnard Truck Traffic Study (2008).

Ventura County’s roadmap for future investment in the transportation system is the Ventura County Comprehensive Transportation Plan (2013). An update to the Comprehensive Transportation Plan is slated to begin in 2021, and will consider the results of the Freight Corridor Study, 101 Connected Communities, and Our Future 101.

The State of California provides a vision for the future in freight statewide in the California Freight Mobility Plan and the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan.

Fact Sheet

Project Documents

To be posted when developed


Communities Connected

What is 101 Communities Connected?

101 Communities Connected is a study of current and future mobility in the area around the U.S. 101 freeway in Ventura County. The study will pinpoint infrastructure improvements that strengthen mobility for everyone who travels in the 101 corridor – from drivers and bicyclists to pedestrians and transit riders. The goal is to identify safe and convenient transportation options for all users.

How do you define mobility in the context of this study?

Mobility is the ability to travel safely and efficiently using various modes of transportation, such as walking, biking, driving and riding public transit.

Where is the study area?

The study area passes through the cities of Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura. It is 28 miles long and extends three miles from either side of the 101 freeway, beginning at State Route 23 in Thousand Oaks and ending at State Route 33 in Ventura.

Who is conducting the study?

101 Communities Connected is led by the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). Funding comes from VCTC, SCAG and Caltrans.

Why are we conducting this study? 

101 Communities Connected will help planners develop a clear and coordinated vision for the entire 101 corridor. It will identify how to best improve driving, transit, biking and walking within the study area and serve as a transportation blueprint for the future. In the end, the improvements recommended through 101 Communities Connected will be eligible for new transportation funding from the State of California.

What does it mean for my community?

The U.S. 101 is the central freeway connecting communities in Ventura County and serves high volumes of regional and local traffic. Nearly half the of the County’s population lives and works in the 101 corridor. As a result, many of us spend valuable time each day sitting in traffic congestion on the freeway and surface streets in our local communities. Because 101 Communities Connected will examine how to accommodate current and future travel patterns, the study will help improve mobility for all corridor communities for decades to come.

What is the project schedule?

July 2019 — Jan. 2020

Evaluate existing traffic conditions & potential improvements

Jan. 2020

Public workshops

Feb. — July 2020

Evaluate & prioritize multimodal transportation improvement projects

August 24, 2020

Project Update Presentation Available for Viewing

July — October 2020

Finalize 101 Multimodal Corridor Plan & Project List

This schedule is subject to change. Please check back here for updates, or contact [email protected] or 805-642-1591 x 119 for more information.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

During the study, we need to hear from you. What is your vision for improving mobility in the 101 corridor? What would help you travel around your community more safely and efficiently? Learning from local residents, students and workers about where transportation improvements are needed is the most important part of 101 Communities Connected.

101 Communities Connected Project Update

We are excited to share the latest findings of the 101 Communities Connected study. Technical analysis along with public input has helped us classify a list of potential multimodal improvements, including highway, transit, bike and pedestrian projects.


Draft Report and Appendix

101 Communities Connected Final Draft Report
101 Communities Connected Draft Appendix A: Project List


Video Presentations

Project Update
Project Update (Traducción Española)
Existing & Future Conditions
Outreach, Goals and Performance
Project List and Plan Evaluation
Plan Implementation and Future Uncertainty


Contact Us

Caitlin Brooks, Project Manager
Ventura County Transportation Commission
[email protected]
805-642-1591 x 119

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ON THE US-101 COMMUNITIES CONNECTED STUDY IN THE BOX BELOW

How is this study related to the project called Our Future 101?

Our Future 101 is an alternatives analysis and environmental assessment for specific highway improvements on the mainline of the freeway. These include, for example, adding regular, carpool, or auxiliary lanes and ramps. 101 Communities Connected will examine more than just the U.S. 101 freeway. It will take a more general and high-level view of the broader three-mile radius around the 101 to develop a list of potential multimodal improvements for highway, transit, bikes and pedestrians, which will be coordinated to provide the most efficient overall mobility for all County residents that use the corridor.

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