The San Gabriel Valley is an area of about 385 square miles and is home to about 1.8 million people and over 605,000 jobs. If it were a city, the San Gabriel Valley would be one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States, according to most recent census data. Its trading ties with the Pacific Rim and Central and South America are supported by the area’s strategic location and access to transportation.
The San Gabriel Valley lies just east of Los Angeles, bordered by the San Gabriel Mountains to the north, Puente Hills to the south and west of the Inland Empire.The region is also of close proximity to many of Southern California’s destination areas – one hour from the ocean, one from the mountains, and one hour from the desert.
Three east-west (210, 10, 60) and three north-south (57, 605, 710) freeways serve the 385 square miles of the San Gabriel Valley.
EAST-WEST FREEWAYS: The Foothill Freeway (Interstate 210) is located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains and links Southern California’s Inland Empire through Downtown Los Angeles into the San Fernando Valley. The San Bernardino Freeway’s (Interstate 10) western terminus is located in East Los Angeles and runs through the San Gabriel Valley into Southern California’s Inland Empire. At the west end of the San Bernardino Freeway, the Santa Monica Freeway (Interstate 10) continues up to Pacific Coast Highway. Interstate 10 is also one of the three coast-to-coast Interstates linking states from California to Florida. The Pomona Freeway (State Route 60)is located at the southern end of the San Gabriel Valley, the Pomona Freeway runs from East Los Angeles to Southern California’s Inland Empire. Route 60 is also a major transportation corridor for container trucks traveling from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to shipping yards in the San Gabriel Valley, Inland Empire and other areas within the United States.
NORTH-SOUTH FREEWAYS: The Long Beach Freeway (Interstate 710)is within a few hundred feet of the Los Angeles River, which it runs along, from Alhambra to Long Beach. The San Gabriel River Freeway (Interstate 605)runs parallel to the San Gabriel River, from the base of the San Gabriel Mountains in Duarte to Seal Beach. The Orange Freeway (State Route 57) runs from the base of the San Gabriel Mountains in Glendora into Orange County. The Chino Valley Freeway (State Route 71)runs from Pomona to Corona in Riverside County
Three major freight lines cross the San Gabriel Valley, providing direct linkage from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach — the two largest container terminals in the nation. A multi-billion-dollar grade-separation rail project known as the Alameda Corridor will expedite the flow of goods by truck and train between these harbors and the container yards on the western edge of the Valley. The region also offers two Metrolink commuter trains that traverse the region from east to west.
The 605 and 105 freeways provide easy access from the San Gabriel Valley to LAX. Ontario International Airport is also easily accessible from central and eastern San Gabriel Valley, as is Bob Hope Airport from the west. General aviation is provided by two Valley facilities; El Monte Airport and Brackett Airfield in La Verne.