California Department of Transportation

Transportation Planning - Offices


Office of Sustainable Community Planning (OSCP) - Sustainable Community Planning was created to address a statewide need for community-sensitive approaches to transportation decision-making. A primary goal of OSCP is to enhance the Department's leadership role in the development of community-based transportation planning. Another primary goal is to enhance our land use partnership with public agencies through the Local Development-Intergovernmental Review (LD-IGR) Program.

Office of Freight Planning (OFP) - This office develops strategies, policies and methodologies that work to improve the freight transportation system in California. the freight system in California includes truck, rail, air and seaport industries and is a vital connection between producers and consumers within the state, nationally, and internationally. The Office of Freight Planning also conducts freight related research and provides GIS support to DOTP.

Office of Program & Project Planning - This office increases the level of coordination between Planning and other functional areas to help ensure that projects run smoothly between the different phases necessary to construct a project. Managing and monitoring resources for initial project documents and managing the planning studies is essential for smooth project delivery.

Office of Regional Planning - This office actively engages in the regional transportation planning process with California's Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs), Federal, State and Local government agencies. The office also administers funding, such as the Consolidated Planning Grant, advocates Caltrans regional interests, provides legislative comment, and works to incorporate interested parties, such as Native American Tribal Governments, and advocacy groups in the transportation planning process. Participation in programs such as the California Regional Blueprint Planning Program are collaborative planning efforts undertaken by ORIP.

Office of Planning Program Management Support & Research (OPPMSR)

  • Workforce Development Branch - The Office of Workforce Development (OWD) provides oversight and direction in professional development and technical assistance for districts statewide and all divisions reporting to the Deputy Director, Planning and Modal Programs. * Adopt-a-School * Exams * Field Academy * Planning Academy * Planning Horizons * Planning on Track * Planning Phone Roster * Recruitment Program * Rotation Program * Scholarship Program * Senior Forum * Student/Volunteers * Training Courses & Technical Assistance

Office of State Planning (OSP) - This office builds and maintains partnerships within the Department and with other governmental agencies and the private sector to ensure a safe, sustainable and efficient transportation system. The office's major responsibility is the preparation of the state's long-range transportation plan - the California Transportation Plan.

  • Transportation Economic Branch - Part of the Office of State Planning, the Transportation Economic Branch provides transportation decision makers with expert research, analysis and legislative information to ensure productive and efficient use of public resources.

  • Native American Liaison Branch - The Native American Liaison Branch (NALB) provides leadership and direction for the Department's efforts to improve the government-to-government relationships with Tribal Governments by serving as a liaison between Caltrans; the 109 Federally-recognized Tribes in California; state, local, and regional transportation agencies; and other key stakeholders. Link it to here:

  • Strategic Engagement and CTP Implementation Branch - The Strategic Engagement and CTP Implementation Branch in the Division of Transportation Planning works in coordination with the twelve Caltrans district offices in order to guide and assist in the outreach of the CTP to ensure that the long range planning document gains exposure to the regional and local government stakeholders as well as the general public, in order to attain valuable feedback and public opinions that should be considered within the document. In addition, this branch also works with internal and external partners to identify and develop policy opportunities to maintain high visibility and credibility for State Transportation Planning efforts. For more information on this branch, please visit the OSP website.

  • Statewide Long-Range Planning Branch - The State Long-Range Planning (SLRP) Branch provides support and technical assistance for statewide transportation planning. One of the key responsibilities of the branch is the development and implementation of the California Transportation Plan (CTP), the State’s long-range, multi-modal transportation plan. The CTP provides a forward-thinking policy framework for guiding transportation decisions and investments by all levels of government and the private sector. The SLRP Branch works with internal programs to implement long range planning consistent with CTP and forge partnership with external partners to explore solutions for California’s complex transportation network. The branch also engages in scenario planning, tracking emerging technologies, managing state planning resources and research on various transportation issues in support of state planning.

Office of Multi-Modal System Planning (OMSP) - The Office of Multi-Modal System Planning maintains and supports a wide variety of transportation related models, provides technical and analytical support for travel forecasting related data collection, maintains and analyzes U.S. Census data, and produces federal and other mandated reports.