California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: May 5, 2015
District: Headquarters
Contact:  Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060
Contact:  Gary Chazen
Phone: (916) 654-5820


SACRAMENTO – Caltrans has awarded $9.8 million in Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants to support cities, counties, agencies and transit operators in their efforts to integrate transit, bicycling and walking into their local transportation plans.

These could include planning for mobility, accessibility and connectivity of multimodal options such as light rail, bus service, biking or walking. Of these grants, $1.5 million will fund partnership efforts to solve statewide or interregional transportation issues in the state highway system. 

"At Caltrans, we are supporting sustainability at every stage, from planning to project construction to funding for bike and walking paths," said Director Malcolm Dougherty. "Together, this funding will lead to more livable and economically vibrant communities across California."

This comes after the Federal Railroad Administration awarded Caltrans more than $5 million to expand passenger rail planning efforts for its popular Pacific Surfliner route in San Diego County, and to upgrade existing Amtrak service in Riverside County.

Sustainable transportation planning projects that will be funded by this grant identify and address areas that lack viable transit or multimodal options, actively engage stakeholder collaboration and public engagement in their planning efforts, and ultimately help Caltrans achieve its mission of providing a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability.

Grant recipients include cities, counties, Native American tribal governments, metropolitan and regional transportation agencies and transit agencies. The grants were awarded in April, pending budget approval. For a complete list of grant recipients, visit

These grants may lead to active transportation projects that encourage biking and walking. Last year, the California Transportation Commission allocated more than $360 million for locally administered Active Transportation Program projects.