California Transportation Plan 2050

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The California Transportation Plan (CTP) 2050 is the state's long-range transportation plan that establishes an aspirational vision that articulates strategic goals, policies, and recommendations to improve multimodal mobility and accessibility while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Purpose and Objectives

Why is the CTP important to California residents?

The purpose of the plan is to present innovative, sustainable, and integrated multimodal mobility solutions. These will help guide the planning and implementation of a low-carbon transportation system that fosters economic vitality, protects the environment and natural resources, and promotes health and well-being equitably for all Californians. The CTP 2050 update will focus on meeting current and emerging trends and challenges affecting transportation, including economic and job growth, air quality and climate impacts, new technologies, freight movement, transportation funding, and public health. An ambitious plan will aim to address many objectives, such as:

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The CTP Process and Timeline

  • 2018 Vision Development
           Public & Stakeholder Engagement, Tribal Listening Sessions, Future of Mobility White Paper
  • 2019 Analysis
           Transportation Scenario Development, Economic & Transportation Modeling, Technical Reviews
  • 2020 Publication
           Public Workshop Report, Implementation Plan, Final Plan
  • 2021 Implementation
           Implement CTP Strategies & Recommendations

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  • Visioning Sessions Findings

    The Office of State Planning (OSP) worked with UC Berkeley's Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) and Cambridge Systematics to facilitate two day-long visioning workshops in October 2018 in Southern and Northern California. Overall, these visioning sessions initiated a much-needed dialogue among experts and practitioners from diverse backgrounds and allowed participants to conceptualize idealized visions for California’s transportation system through 2050. This report will be used to inform the scenario development of the CTP 2050 and help establish a vision for the Plan. Please click the above link to learn more about the Visioning Sessions Findings.

  • Public Participation Plan

    The 2018 Public Participation Plan (PPP) update has been completed and this edition reflects changes in communication technologies and public outreach best practices, and addresses current compliance with state and federal laws and regulations that emphasize public engagement. The Plan is a living document and will undergo regular review and elevation to measure its continued effectiveness. Please click the above link to learn more about the PPP, as well as its development and background.

  • Future of Mobility

    OSP worked with the UC Berkeley's Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) on the Caltrans Future of Mobility (FOM) study. The objective of this project was to explore the impact of technological, social, economic, and environmental change on Caltrans' long term planning process for transportation in California. The results from this study will ultimately be used to inform the scenario development for the CTP 2050. To learn more about this project, please visit our Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) webpage.

The following legislation and executive orders have been or will be taken into account in both previous and future iterations of the CTP:

  • AB 857 – Established three planning priorities: promote equitable infill development within existing communities, protect the State’s most valuable environmental and agricultural resources, and encourage efficient development patterns.
  • EO S-3-05 – Requires continued reduction of transportation-related GHG emissions to a new standard of 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
  • AB 32 – California’s landmark Global Warming Solution Act of 2006 requires reducing the State’s GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, and continued reductions beyond 2020.
  • SB 375 – Requires Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to include Sustainable Communities Strategies (SCSs) in their Regional Transportation Plans (RTPs)for the purposes of reducing GHG emissions, aligning planning for transportation and housing, and creating incentives for the implementation of strategies.
  • SB 391 – Requires the California Department of Transportation to update the CTP every five years while showing how the State will achieve the statewide GHG reduction to meet the goals of AB 32 and EO S-3-05.
  • EO B-16-12 – Reaffirms EO S-3-05, and calls for continued reduction of GHG emissions in the transportation sector to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
  • SB 743 – Requires the Office of Planning & Research (OPR) to revise California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines and establishes criteria for determining transportation impacts of projects within transit priority areas.
  • EO B-30-15 – Establishes a California GHG target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 – the most aggressive benchmark enacted by a government in North America to reduce dangerous carbon emissions over the next decade and a half.
  • EO B-32-15 – Requires that the Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency (CALSTA), the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), and the Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) lead other relevant State departments including ARB, Caltrans, the California Energy Commission (CEC), and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to develop an integrated action plan by July 2016 that establishes clear targets to improve freight efficiency statewide.
  • AB 179 – This bill would additionally require the Governor to use every effort to ensure that the commission has a diverse membership with expertise in transportation issues and disadvantaged communities. Also, this bill would require the commission, Caltrans and the State Air Resources Board to hold at least 2 joint meetings per calendar year to coordinate their implementation of transportation policies.
  • AB 1755 – This bill would subject a person riding a bicycle on a Class I bikeway to those rights and requirements of the Vehicle Code that apply if that person is involved in an accident resulting in injury or death of a person other than himself or herself, as specified. Because a violation of those provisions of the Vehicle Code by that person would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
Division of Transportation Planning

California Transportation Plan
Office of State Planning

1120 N Street, MS 32
Sacramento, CA 95814

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