Steve Takigawa

Steve Takigawa - Deputy Director Maintenance & Operations

Deputy Director
Maintenance and Operations

Steve Takigawa is the Deputy Director of Maintenance and Operations for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

Mr. Takigawa manages the day-to-day operations of the Division of Traffic Operations, the Division of Maintenance, and the Division of Equipment, overseeing a statewide operating budget of $2 billion, 8,500 employees, and a fleet with more than 10,000 pieces of equipment.

During his career at Caltrans, Mr. Takigawa has spearheaded a number of transportation innovations in California, including the following:

  • Managing Caltrans' fleet with Global Positioning System (GPS) vehicle data.
  • Converting roadside lighting to light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
  • Developing a lights-out program that uses prismatic sheeting on overhead signs and allows the removal of all lighting, copper wire, and catwalks.
  • Developing and implementing an Integrated Maintenance Management System for the Maintenance Program.  This project earned the International Honors Laureates' Medal from Computer World.
  • Developing the Five-Year Maintenance Plan.  This plan increased the Preventive Maintenance budget from $76 million to more than $500 million annually.  The plan targets to delay pavement deterioration and save $907 million in rehabilitation needs over five years.

Mr. Takigawa is a licensed civil engineer, having graduated with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University.  He has been with Caltrans for 27 years, serving in a number of high-profile engineering and management positions.