State-of-the-Art Logistics: Quadrimodal Inland Port
The project is designed to support businesses that operate global supply chains. The MCITD is uniquely advantaged as offering a one-of-a-kind high-efficiency North American logistics location, with quadrimodal connectivity to both global and North American markets.
- Within the site is a heavy infrastructure airport
- Highway access providing very efficient transport to both Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay/Silicon Valley region, other California markets and onward to domestic US markets
- An internal rail district and freight rail spur connecting to the BNSF Railroad transcontinental line
- Passenger rail connections to the Bay Area, Sacramento and Los Angeles
- Direct connection to three deep water seaports (Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland); the Port of Los Angeles is a direct project partner (hyperlink to Port news announcement)
Strategic Location & Connectivity
Located at the geographic center of California, the MCITD enjoys a highly strategic location for business operations that require fast and reliable access to California production and consumption markets. With three access routes into the Bay Area (via the CA-99 Commercial Corridor, Interstate-5 or CA-152/Hwy 101) the MCITD provides seamless access to major markets in the Central Valley, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego/Northwest Mexico.
The MCITD is well-positioned to provide advantageous access to important West Coast seaports for container, bulk and breakbulk cargo shipments. Transport connections to the Port of Los Angeles and its extensive global route network is a quick four-hour truck dray, the Port of Oakland less than two hours away and the Port of Stockton only one hour away.
The site is directly served by the BNSF’s transcontinental rail line. A rail switch from the mainline allows for easy rail connectivity into the site. The mainline for the Union Pacific railroad also runs nearby to the site.
The planned $200M Atwater-Merced Expressway provides direct access to CA-99 and Bay Area, Los Angeles and all Central Valley markets with no stoplights. Already $80M has been invested in a new highway interchange. Designed to accommodate a range of product testing, technology product manufacturing and distribution, the MCITD is a highly-connected supply chain asset to high-efficiency logistics infrastructure. Situated along the key CA-99 Commercial Corridor, the MCITD is engineered to provide for reliable and fast inbound and outbound logistics, supporting dynamic and high-velocity supply chains requiring very efficient access to California, North America and to global markets.
The MCITD is located onsite with the tower-controlled Castle Airport which has extensive aviation support infrastructure, allowing for high-velocity cargo movements and corporate aircraft. It’s 11,800-foot runway will handle heavy cargo craft such as 747-800, 777 and A300 series freighters in uncongested air space. The site is also located less than 120 minutes away from five major airports by road including the global gateways at SFO and San Jose, and at Oakland, Sacramento and Fresno.
Business Air Travel
The MCITD is located at the center of five international and domestic commercial airports. There are three international airports in the San Francisco Bay Area (San Francisco International (SFO), San Jose (SJC) and Oakland (OAK)), and other important domestic airports in Sacramento (SMF) and Fresno (FAT). From the Bay Area airports, there are 135 non-stop international routes and easy connectivity to any US market.
Rail Connectivity – Freight and Passenger
Freight Rail Connections to West Coast Seaports and Inland Domestic Markets
The site is directly served by the BNSF’s transcontinental rail line. A rail switch from the mainline allows for easy rail connectivity into the site. The mainline for the Union Pacific railroad also runs nearby to the site. Several intermodal ramps are located within 45 minutes of the facility.
The MCITD is well-positioned to provide advantageous access to important West Coast seaports for container, bulk and breakbulk cargo shipments. Transport connections to the Port of Los Angeles and its extensive global route network is a quick half day truck dray. The Port of Los Angeles and Merced County have agreed to a groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding which details how the partnership will collaborate to support the growth of the MCITD as an important West Coast inbound distribution hub and an export manufacturing center. Additionally, the Port of Oakland less than two hours away and the Port of Stockton only one hour away. All of these seaports are directly connected to the MCITD via rail service.
Passenger Rail Connections to the Bay Area, Sacramento and Los Angeles
Already with substantial commuter interactivity with the Bay Area, Merced County will increasingly become an integrated connected extension to the Bay Area. By 2019, the County will have several stations added to the Altamont Corridor Express system which will provide for direct commuter access to and from San Jose and Silicon Valley. This will allow for access to a wider skills base for MCITD businesses and allow the MCITD to be an easy extension research and supply chain activity for the tech base in the Bay Area. Further and importantly, Merced County and the MCITD site are located directly on the planned high-speed rail system that will provide fast connections between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It is anticipated that travel to San Jose would require less than 30 minutes and service to downtown Los Angeles will need about one and three quarters hours.