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SNAPSHOT:

Rapid and cost-effective access to the West’s major markets via truck, mainline rail, or air service makes Merced a distribution heavyweight.

  • 1-day drive to all California and Oregon locations, and portions of Nevada and Arizona

  • 1-day round trip to/from the Los Angeles basin

  • High-speed rail coming by 2029

  • Development opportunities at Airport Industrial Park

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SHIPPING OVERVIEW
RAIL/INTERMODAL

Merced is served by BNSF and Union Pacific Railways

BNSF Intermodal Service:

  • Stockton

  • Fresno

UP Intermodal Service:

  • Oakland

  • Stockton

CARGO AIRPORTS
 

Market Access

Merced is located close to the largest consumer and manufacturing markets on the West Coast. The list of companies already operating here speaks volumes for Merced's appeal to the distribution/logistics industry.

 

HIGHWAYS

Merced is strategically located at the juncture of three major highways (99, 59, 140) and less than 40 minutes from Interstate 5.

SHIPPING/DISTRIBUTION

Our central location can put your business within overnight truck delivery to just about anywhere in California. Merced is serviced by all major regional and transcontinental LTL common carriers. The area is also serviced by all major California LTL common carriers. 

More about Distribution Industry in Merced...

HIGHWAY CONNECTIONS

SR-99

  • TO: Sacramento (N) Fresno (S)

  • KNOWN FOR: 4-lane highway, “The Main Street of California”

SR-59

  • TO: SR-152 (S) Sierra Nevadas (N)

  • KNOWN FOR: Shortcut to Merced for drivers traveling from Monterey, San Jose

SR-140

  • TO: I-5 (W) Yosemite (E)

  • KNOWN FOR: One of 4 gateways to Yosemite

I-5

  • TO: Seattle (N) San Diego (S)

  • KNOWN FOR: Primary north-west route for entire West Coast

 
 

Distance to Markets

Source:  Rand McNally (www.randmcnally.com) (May 2017).

*Miles from City Hall (678 W 18th St).

Rail Service

Union Pacific: www.up.com

BNSF: www.bnsf.com

Amtrak: www.amtrak.com

California High Speed Rail: www.hsr.ca.gov

 

The City of Merced sits on the main lines of both the Union Pacific and BNSF railroads. Amtrak provides passenger rail service to the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Los Angeles from the Merced station on W. 24th St.

COMMUTER SERVICES

High Speed Rail. High speed passenger service to Silicon Valley will begin in 2029 through California’s High Speed Rail.

ACE. Commuter train service currently running between Stockton and San Jose will be expanded to Merced. Key state funding has been approved and service to Merced is expected by 2027. The line will also be extended north to Sacramento.

RAIL SERVICES

Intermodal:

  • Merced is within a local dray zone of two major intermodal ramps featuring double-stack service.

 

Port Access:

Container facilities and/or bulk shipping facilities…

  • Within 100 miles: ports of San Francisco, Oakland, and Stockton

  • Within 275 miles: ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

 
High Speed Rail is Coming to Merced!

California’s High Speed Rail, now under construction, will put Silicon Valley passengers within less than an hour of the state’s most rapidly growing region—Central California. Merced is a key stop on the HSR, which will eventually extend from San Jose and San Francisco to Los Angeles. Phase 1, stretching from San Jose almost to Bakersfield, is targeted for completion in 2025. Buttressed by the brainpower of UC Merced and HSR’s rapid access to Silicon Valley, Merced is poised to see a growing presence from the tech and bioscience industries for satellite operations and R&D. Read more...

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Air Travel

 
LOCAL SERVICE

Merced Regional Airport offers corporate facilities and cargo service, along with commercial air service to Oakland and Los Angeles provided by Boutique Air.

COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS

Fresno Air Terminal (about 60 minutes south) offers more than 90 daily commercial flights via AeroMexico, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American, Delta, United and Volaris.

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

Four international airports (Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Jose) are within a 2-hour drive.

 
Development Opportunity: Merced Airport

Merced Airport is an undeveloped asset that could tap into the changing technology/education/industry environment fostered by the growth of UC Merced. Coupled with High Speed Rail, it’s one more feature making Merced conveniently reachable. More about Airport Industrial Park

RELATED INFORMATION:

Airport Industrial Park

SOURCES USED ON THIS PAGE:
  1. California High-Speed Rail Authority, “San Jose to Merced Project Section, Spring 2017" PDF (www.hsr.ca.gov) (July 2017).

  2. California High-Speed Rail Authority, “San Jose to Merced Timeline” (July 2017).

  3. John Holland, Modesto Bee, "Expanded train service coming to Modesto, Merced," April 27, 2018 (www.modbee.com).

  4. Merced Airport services: (flymercedairport.com) (July 2017).

  5. Fresno Airport services: (flyfresno.com) (July 2017).

VISIT

City of Merced

Office of Economic Development

678 W 18th St. Merced, CA 95340

City Site: www.cityofmerced.org

CALL

800-723-4788 Toll Free

209-385-6827 Phone

209-723-1780 Fax

CONTACT

Frank Quintero

Director of Economic Development

quinterof@cityofmerced.org

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