Tulare County is on Track with Railroad Service Available
for New and Expanding Businesses

A critical asset within Tulare County is access to rail transportation. This is beneficial to the private sector because business oftentimes requires railroad service for efficient transportation of goods particularly for inbound raw materials. According to detailed studies conducted by or for the Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG), Tulare County has well-developed and well-connected rail infrastructure attractive to new industries that are searching for inland space to develop new and expanding facilities.

TCAG’s studies also inform us that Tulare County’s rail infrastructure contains two major components:

  • First, a separate mainline corridor for the Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway runs through Tulare County from the city of Bakersfield in Kern County to the city of Fresno in Fresno County. These are Class I railroads which have the capacity to carry large freight.
  • Second, the San Joaquin Valley Railroad offers several rail segments in Tulare, Fresno and Kern counties by connecting through trackage rights over the Union Pacific mainline. These segments and branch lines connect the local agricultural and petroleum industries of these counties to the Class I railroads described above. This, in turn, provides local industries with relatively convenient access to the rail system, and, eventually, to diverse product markets affecting California, the nation and the world.

For additional information regarding access to rail transportation in Tulare County, see the East Side Rail Business Plan and Tulare County Short Line Feasibility Study at www.tularecog.org.