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?

Existing Conditions Status Update

  • Ventura County Transportation Commission Meeting – February 5 at 9 AM

Public Workshops (20-minute presentation with moderated Q&A)

  • February 18 – Project Goals and Existing Conditions
  • March 18 – Issues, Vulnerabilities and Opportunities, and Performance Measures
  • April 15 – Plan Presentation

Draft Freight Corridor Study

  • Board of Harbor Commissioners Meeting– May 10 or 24 at 3 PM
  • Ventura County Transportation Commission Meeting – May 7 at 9 AM

Final Freight Corridor Study

  • Board of Harbor Commissioners Meeting – June Meeting
  • Ventura County Transportation Commission Meeting – June 4 at 9 AM

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.