San Diego & Imperial Counties Sustainable Freight Implementation Strategy

SANDAG and the Imperial County Transportation Commission developed a Sustainable Freight Implementation Strategy to help transition the freight sector in San Diego and Imperial counties to sustainable technologies, operations, and infrastructure. The strategy considers the funding and implementation of numerous multimodal freight projects and policies, including innovative technologies. It also analyzed the current state of the sustainable freight labor market and identified workforce development recommendations.

The strategy document suggests best practices for three categories: Technology solutions, fleet management and operations, and infrastructure improvements. All of the suggestions can be considered for incorporation into existing projects.

Public engagement was instrumental in developing the Sustainable Freight Strategy. Throughout the project, SANDAG gathered input from diverse individuals and organizations in the most affected areas and related industries.

The area of study includes communities adjacent to major freight infrastructure in San Diego and Imperial counties. Environmental justice areas, as defined by AB 617, were a particular focus and include the Portside Environmental Justice Communities, the International Border Community, and the Calexico-El Centro-Heber corridor.

The Sustainable Freight Strategy project kicked off in February 2022 and was completed in March 2024. It was funded by a Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant.

For more information, please contact Senior Regional Planner Mariela Rodriguez at 619.699.1936 or