California Department of Transportation

Early Action Recommendations

  • The SSTI report includes four “early action” recommendations that are targeted for completion by July 31, 2014. The Strategic Direction Group and Workgroups have worked diligently to complete these items.
    • “Caltrans and CalSTA should develop mission, vision and goal statements that are fully consistent with state planning and policy goals.”
    • “Following the release of new mission, vision and goals, Caltrans and CalSTA should use those statements, as well as the recommendations in this report, to organize teams to develop implementation actions and performance measures.”
    • “Caltrans and CalSTA should work to ensure the success of CEQA reform rulemaking set up by SB 743 (2013).”
      • CalSTA staff and Caltrans staff are engaged with OPR to ensure the success of the CEA reform rulemaking. A focus team has been established to address the technical implications of the draft guidelines and its implementation. On August 6, 2014, The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released the CEQA Guidelines revisions related to SB 743.  The document is available at this link:
      • The Caltrans Office of Community Planning’s Local Development-Intergovernmental Review (LD-IGR) program is the lead for compiling comments on this CEQA Guidelines revision and is working with Caltrans management to forward the comments to OPR by the November 21 due date.
    • “Caltrans and CalSTA should modernize state transportation design guidance.”
      • The SDG has provided guidance in addressing the early action item to modernize state transportation design guidance. To date Caltrans has:
        • Caltrans encouraged a flexible approach toward multimodal design and endorsed the NACTO guidelines in the "Flexibility in Design" Memorandum, dated April 10, 2014.
        • AB 1193, addressing design criteria for bikeways, was introduced to the California Legislature in February 2013. It was approved by the Governor and filed with the Secretary of State on September 20, 2014.
      • Workgroup 4 will be responsible to focus on broad issues surrounding liability, risk and design flexibility. The workgroup will also consider ideas to increase innovation, design flexibility and local or district autonomy for decision-making within the department.