The Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program was created to support the California Department of Transportation’s (Caltrans) current Mission: Provide a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability.
Current significant efforts were also considered during grant program development, such as:
-California Transportation Infrastructure Priorities Vision and Core Concepts;
-State Smart Transportation Initiative Assessment and Recommendations;
-Caltrans Program Review Major Actions;
-California Transportation Plan 2040 Vision and Goals;
-Smart Mobility 2010 Principles.
Grant Program Overarching Objectives were also identified to ensure consideration of these major efforts in transportation planning, including: Sustainability, Preservation, Mobility, Safety, Innovation, Economy, Health, and Equity.
The intent of the Grant Program remains unchanged. Although dedicated grants no longer exist for Environmental Justice, Community-Based Transportation Planning, and Transit Planning, these important areas are still eligible for funding under the new Grant Program. Caltrans still provides transportation planning grants to promote a balanced, comprehensive multimodal transportation system. However, Caltrans revised the Grant Program to reflect current goals that direct us to emphasize more transportation planning efforts that promote sustainability.
These grants may be used for a wide range of transportation planning purposes, which address local and regional transportation needs and issues. The implementation of these grants should ultimately lead to the adoption, initiation, and programming of transportation improvements. The Caltrans Division of Transportation Planning provides the following transportation planning grants: