Access to Markets and Transit

Market Access

Modesto’s central location in the Northern San Joaquin Valley Region is within 90 minutes of major markets including the San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose and Sacramento. 


Modesto is also within a 90 minute drive of four International Airports, a regional airport and Modesto’s executive jet airport:

  • Sacramento International Airport
  • Oakland International Airport
  • San Francisco International Airport
  • San Jose (Silicon Valley) International Airport
  • Stockton Regional Airport
  • Modesto Executive Airport

Modesto's Central Advantage

Map of central california showing Modesto in relation to San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento and Fre


Commercial Freight:  Union Pacific/Southern Pacific, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Modesto & Empire Traction Company and Valley Transload.  Modesto businesses can enjoy rail service right to their door.

Passenger: Amtrak San Joaquins, (coming) Altamont Commuter Express (ACE)  Valley Rail Project is expanding to include the Modesto transit center station, connecting passengers to Sacramento and the Bay Area.  ACE stations are currently located nearby in Stockton and Lathrop/Manteca.


Modesto is less than an hour from the deep water Port of Stockton, and 90 minutes from the Port of Oakland, one of the busiest west coast ports.


  • State Route 99, running the length of CaliforniaMeasure L logo
  • State Route 132, runs east west, connecting industry and commerce to Interstate 5 and State Route 99.  A major upgrade is underway to SR 132 with funds provided by Measure L
  • Highway 219, an east west highway that will be expanded and connect into CALTRANS North County Corridor Expressway project
  • State Route 108, connecting Modesto with Stanislaus County communities and the coming North County Corridor Expressway