Comprehensive Freight Gateway Study for SANDAG
HDR completed a Comprehensive Freight Gateway Study for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). The goal of the study was to provide thorough freight flow information to SANDAG, the Imperial County Transportation Commission (ICTC) and other regional stakeholders as an estimation tool to better plan and manage a sustainable freight network. The principal findings associated with the estimates and forecast included a detailed forecast of freight flows by origin and destination, commodity type, value, volume and mode of transportation.
HDR also produced a detailed assessment of the current capacity and limitations to accommodate future growth in the region, including forecasts and analyses of trade with NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico, and the growth potential. The analysis was complemented with a detailed analysis of the role of San Diego as it continues to serve as a "hub" for the majority of regional freight flows, whether as an origin, a destination or a trans-shipment location. The study concluded with recommendations about future investments by mode to ensure a reliable movement of goods and services as it represents the lifeblood of the regional economy and how freight facilitation is an integral part of the economic growth and sustainability of Southern California.