California Department of Transportation

Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants

The Fiscal Year 2015-16 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Application Period is Now Closed

Caltrans received 190 grant applications totaling $41.1 million in requests for the Fiscal Year 2015-16 grant cycle. Caltrans Districts and Headquarters staff are now reviewing and evaluating applications through February 2015. Grant awards are anticipated to be announced during March/April 2015.

Click below for information on current and past grant cycles.

DOTP Transportation Planning Grants - Information on current and past grant cycles.

Our Final Products library was updated in November 2014. Most recently completed Final Products are available in electronic format. To access the documents, please select the hyperlink on the Final Products document link below. For hard-copy documents, please contact- Priscilla Martinez Velez.

FHWA Strategic Partnerships

The Strategic Partnerships grants are funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA State Planning and Research, Part I). The FHWA has authorized Caltrans to distribute these grant funds.

Consistent with the intent of partnership planning and to achieve the Caltrans Mission and Grant Program Overarching Objectives, the Strategic Partnerships Grants fund planning projects that encourage regional agencies to partner with Caltrans to identify and address statewide/interregional transportation deficiencies in the state highway system, strengthen government-to-government relationships, and result in programmed system improvements.

Example Project Types:

  • Studies that identify interregional, inter-county, and/or statewide mobility and access needs
  • Corridor studies and corridor performance/preservation studies
  • Projects that evaluate transportation issues involving ground access to international borders, seaports, airports, intermodal facilities, freight hubs, and recreational sites
  • Plans for relinquishment of state routes
  • Statewide research and modeling tools
  • Transportation demand management strategies
  • System investment prioritization plans

Sustainable Communities

The Sustainable Communities grants are funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA, Section 5304) and also the State Highway Account.  The FTA has authorized Caltrans to distribute these grant funds.  Funding distribution depends on the quality and amount of applications in each applicant pool, i.e., Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Regional Transportation Planning Agencies, cities and counties, transit agencies, and Native American Tribal Governments. 

The Sustainable Communities Grants fund transportation planning projects that achieve the Caltrans Mission and Grant Program Overarching Objectives, identify and address mobility deficiencies in the multimodal transportation system, encourage stakeholder collaboration, involve active public engagement, integrate Smart Mobility 2010 concepts, and ultimately result in programmed system improvements.

Example Project Types:

  • Studies that advances a community’s effort to reduce transportation related greenhouse gases
  • Studies that assist transportation agencies in creating sustainable communities
  • Studies that advances a community’s effort to address the impacts of climate change and sea level rise
  • Community to school studies or safe routes to school studies or plans
  • Jobs and affordable housing proximity studies
  • Context-sensitive streetscapes or town center plans
  • Complete street plans
  • Bike and pedestrian safety enhancement plans
  • Traffic calming and safety enhancement plans
  • Corridor enhancement studies
  • Health equity transportation studies
  • Climate change adaptation plans for transportation facilities
  • Transit planning surveys and research
  • Identification of policies, strategies, and programs to preserve transit facilities and optimize transit infrastructure
  • Studies that evaluate accessibility and connectivity of the multimodal transportation network
  • Short-range transit development plans
  • Transit marketing plans
  • Social service improvement studies
  • Student Internships (Only for Rural Agencies)
  • Studies that address environmental justice issues in a transportation related context

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Reporting (DBE)
Grant recipients are required to report any federally-funded contracting opportunities that may involve DBE participation. For details about DBE requirements, please visit our DBE webpage.

Additional Tools and Information

Contact

Priscilla Martinez-Velez, Associate Transportation Planner