Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (TCEP)

The purpose of the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program is to provide funding for infrastructure improvements on federally designated Trade Corridors of National and Regional Significance, on the Primary Freight Network as identified in California Freight Mobility Plan, and along other corridors that have a high volume of freight movement. The Trade Corridor Enhancement Program will also support the goals of the National Highway Freight Program, the California Freight Mobility Plan, and the guiding principles in the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan.

This statewide, competitive program will provide approximately $300 million per year in state funding and approximately $535 million in National Highway Freight Program funds.

Eligible applicants apply for program funds through the nomination of projects.  All projects nominated must be identified in a currently adopted regional transportation plan.  The Commission is required to evaluate and select submitted applications based on the following criteria:

  • Freight System Factors – Throughput, Velocity, and Reliability;
  • Transportation System Factors – Safety, Congestion Reduction/Mitigation, Bottleneck Relief, Multi-Modal Strategy, Interregional Benefits, and Advanced Technology;
  • Community Impact Factors – Air Quality Impact, Community Impact Mitigation, and Economic/Jobs Growth;
  • Project Readiness – ability to complete the project in a timely manner;
  • Demonstration of the required 30% matching funds; and
  • Jointly nominated and/or jointly funded.

Eligible projects elements may include improvements to state highways, local roads, freight rail systems, port facilities, truck corridors, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and environmental/community mitigation.

The Commission adopted guidelines for the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program on October 18, 2017.  The guidelines were created in consultation with agencies identified in Governor's Executive Order B-32-15, regional transportation planning agencies, local governments, private industry, and other advocates. Prior to adoption of the guidelines, the Commission conducted numerous public workshops throughout the state to solicit input and feedback.

The Commission adopted the project of project of the first cycle, the 2018 Trade Corridor Enhancement Program, on May 16, 2018.

Program Benefits

The Trade Corridor Enhancement Program funds projects designed to move freight more efficiently on corridors with high volumes of freight. These projects increase the use of on-dock rail, improve safety by eliminating at-grade crossings, reduce impacts to surrounding communities, reduce border wait times, and increase rail capacity with double tracking.

Contact Information

Dawn Cheser 
Associate Deputy Director 
California Transportation Commission 
Phone: (916) 653-7665