California Department of Transportation

Office of Program & Project Planning

The Office of Program & Project Planning (OPPP) manages the resources for Project Initiation Documents (PIDs) work in the Districts. PIDs are required to be developed and approved by Caltrans before any major (greater than $1 million) or high complexity project can be programmed and constructed on the State Highway System. OPPP and PIDs are seen as the bridge between transportation infrastructure planning and project delivery.

Projects requiring a PID must be identified in a Regional Transportation Planning Agency or Caltrans plan, such as a Regional Transportation Plan or 10-Year SHOPP Plan. OPPP works with Caltrans district Planning Divisions to schedule the completion of PIDs, allowing projects a reasonable opportunity to be programmed through a funding cycle. This increased level of coordination is essential to ensure that resources provided to create PIDs results in projects that are prepared for funding.



Marlo Tinney is the Chief of the Office of Program and Project Planning.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When is a PID required?

Do non-STIP projects require a PID?

What type of projects can utilize the streamlined PID process?

PID Reimbursement FAQs [PDF]