California Department of Transportation

System Planning

System Planning is Caltrans' long-range transportation planning process. Both multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional, the planning process includes evaluating and recommending for programming improvements to the State transportation system. The process involves these interrelated planning documents:

Transportation Concept Reports (TCR)
For each State highway, the TCR is a document that does the following: identifies current and projected operating conditions on the facility, establishes a 20-year planning concept, identifies facility deficiencies in relation to the concept, and identifies broad and flexible options to achieve the 20-year concept. TCRs supersede Route Concept Reports (RCR). There are a number of routes for which currently only have a Route Concept Report available.

Transportation Planning Fact Sheets
Fact sheets are succinct and frequently updated documents that precede Transportation Concept Reports (TCR). They summarize TCR route concepts and provide corridor statistics and characteristics for State highways and State highway segments.

Corridor System Management Plans (CSMP)
CSMPs provide for the integrated management of travel modes and roadways so as to facilitate the efficient and effective mobility of people and goods within our most congested transportation corridors. Each CSMP presents an analysis of existing and future traffic conditions and proposes traffic management strategies and capital improvements to maintain and enhance mobility within each corridor.

Completed CSMPs in District 5 include the following:

Comprehensive Corridor Study (CCS)
A Comprehensive Corridor Study (CCS) is a planning document which identifies strategies and recommendations that support the long term vision for a corridor. The vision and strategies developed for a corridor are determined through a collaborative effort and are based on an all inclusive analysis of existing conditions and deficiencies.

District System Management Plan (DSMP)
The DSMP is a strategic and policy planning document detailing how the District envisions the transportation system will be maintained, managed and developed during the next 20 years.

Transportation System Development Plan (TSDP)
The TSDP addresses State Highway and other modal improvements needed to maintain regional mobility, decrease traffic congestion, and improve system wide connectivity.

Route System / Route Designation Maps
Route System and Route Designation maps show which routes are part of the Interregional Route System Scenic Highway System, National Highway System, Freeway and Expressway System, and other designations.

California Transportation Plan (CTP)
The CTP is a statewide, long-range transportation plan for meeting our future mobility needs.

Central Coast ITS Implementation Plan
The Central Coast ITS Implementation Plan provides an implementation schedule and integrated framework to connect ITS projects together in Caltrans District 5.

Transportation Planning Grants Program
Transportation planning grants promote a balanced, comprehensive multi-modal transportation system. 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.

Coast Highway Management Plan
In March 2004, the California Department of Transportation produced the Big Sur Coast Highway Management Plan (CHMP), intended to establish coordinated management of the Highway 1 corridor along this widely treasured coastline. The management plan covers an area along Highway 1 from the Carmel River in Monterey County to San Carpoforo Creek in northern San Luis Obispo County.

Systems Analysis Study
The System Analysis Study of Focus Routes 101, 152, & 156 (SAS) investigated long-term improvement strategies for moving east-west traffic more efficiently through the northern San Benito County – southern Santa Clara County area. For each of five improvement scenarios, the study examined travel patterns, traffic flows, and congestion on Caltrans Focus Routes 101, 152, and 156, as well as on State Route 25 and major local roads. In addition, the SAS considered the benefits and costs of each scenario as well as the major environmental factors associated with each scenario.


Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties
Brandy Rider, Senior Transportation Planner
(805) 549-3970

San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
Larry Newland, Senior Transportation Planner
(805) 549-3103

Transportation Concept Reports / Fact Sheets

Santa Cruz County
State Route 1
State Route 9
State Route 17
State Route 35
State Route 129
State Route 152
State Route 236 

Monterey County
State Route 1
State Route 25
State Route 68
State Route 146
State Route 156
State Route 183
State Route 198
State Route 218
US Route 101

Santa Barbara County
State Route 1
State Route 33
State Route 135
State Route 144
State Route 150
State Route 154
State Route 166
State Route 192
State Route 217
State Route 246
US Route 101

San Benito County
State Route 25
State Route 129
State Route 146
State Route 156
US Route 101

San Luis Obispo County
State Route 1
State Route 33
State Route 41
State Route 46
State Route 58
State Route 166
State Route 227
State Route 229
US Route 101


Last updated: January 7, 2015