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Greater Silicon Valley Offers Transportation Solutions by Air, Land, and Sea
October 22, 2013
San Joaquin County is arguably the most geographically advantaged region in California for distribution of goods. With a sophisticated transportation network comprising a deep water port, major interstate highways, air service, and rail, this centrally-located hub in the Greater Silicon Valley keeps the economy moving.
PORT OF STOCKTON
The Port of Stockton has been linking San Joaquin County to the global economy for 80 years. The fully-operating port spans 2,000 acres and features over 7.5-million square feet of warehousing, and two transcontinental and loop railroads, including one on- dock facility to accommodate unit trains. Berthing for 17 vessels is available and ships up to 900 feet long can navigate the Stockton Deepwater Ship Channel.
Furthering the Port of Stockton’s influence as a major point of distribution of imports and exports is its distinction in the M-580 Marine Highway Corridor project. Supported by a $30-million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Maritime Administration, the Marine Highway provides an efficient, waterborne alternative to moving industrial-scale container shipments. Moving goods along the Marine Highway is an ecologically sustainable way to improve air quality by reducing highway congestion. Short sea shipping can eliminate more than 1-million truck trips from roadways. The Port continues to collaborate with the Ports of Oakland and West Sacramento on this landmark endeavor that is revolutionizing the movement of domestic and foreign freight and cargo in and out of Northern California.
The major highway system that intersects San Joaquin County naturally supports product distribution regionally and nationwide. Highway 99 and Interstate 5 are the two main arteries that connect San Joaquin County businesses with millions of consumers. This ideal highway infrastructure positions San Joaquin County as a cost-effective location for large companies interested in operating West Coast distribution centers. Interstates 580 and 205 provide direct access to the Bay Area and connections to I-5 and Highway 99.
Rail is a critical link to the full-service transportation network that is uniquely available in San Joaquin County. Significant rail expansion projects are further distinguishing the County as a premier location for logistics operations. In Stockton, Burlington Northern Santa Fe operates an intermodal rail facility on 425 acres. The facility is a major network hub between Northern California and the Midwest. Union Pacific operates a 109-acre intermodal rail facility in Lathrop and recently completed an EIR to expand the facility to meet domestic cargo demand. At build-out, the $248 million project will triple the facility's capacity to meet goods movement needs, improve the region's economic competitiveness, result in environmental benefits and create jobs.