Federal Programming Branch

The Federal Programming Branch is responsible for preparing and managing the Federal Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (FSTIP). The FSTIP is a four year statewide intermodal program of transportation projects that is consistent with the statewide transportation plan and planning processes, the metropolitan plans and the Federal Transportation Improvements Programs (FTIPs). The FSTIP is prepared by Caltrans in cooperation with the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and the Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs).

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Draft 2023 FSTIP

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) prepared the Draft 2023 Federal Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (FSTIP) in coordination with the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and the Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs) in California.  The FSTIP is a federally mandated document required to be updated every two years.  The Draft 2023 FSTIP includes phases of capital and non-capital transportation projects prioritized to receive federal funding under Titles 23 and 49 of the United States Code during federal fiscal years 2023 through 2026.  The FSTIP also includes regionally significant projects regardless of the funding source. 

Each of the State’s eighteen MPOs prepares a Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP), which includes federal, state, local, and transit projects within its boundary.  These FTIPs are included in the FSTIP by reference.

The Draft is available for public review and comment beginning October 10, 2022, through October 31, 2022.  Please provide comments via email to Jacqueline Kahrs.

2021 FSTIP

MPO FTIPs

Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program

As the direct recipient of federal funds, Caltrans has statewide responsibility for oversight of the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program funds.  While Caltrans prepares annual apportionments for the STBG and CMAQ programs, the State distributes most of the federal STBG and CMAQ program funds to the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs) in the State.

As the federally designated planning agencies, MPOs maintain responsibility for regional transportation planning and discretion in managing and administering federal funds to address their unique transportation needs and air quality challenges.  The MPOs are responsible for establishing a region-wide project selection process to prioritize projects for inclusion in their respective Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP). 

For STBG and CMAQ funds apportioned to rural areas of the State that are not represented by a federally designated MPO, Caltrans coordinates with the state designated RTPAs to program projects in the Federal Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (FSTIP).

Coordination between the State and MPOs ensures a region’s project selection procedures fulfills federal requirements. Additionally, Caltrans encourages integration of the Federal Transportation Performance Measures into the MPO’s project selection process to conduct a performance-based planning and programming process and help achieve the federal transportation performance targets.  

Below are federal guidance resources that the State and MPOs utilize to ensure proper administration of the STBG and CMAQ programs. 

Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program

STBG provides flexible funding that may be used by States, MPOs, and RTPAs for projects to preserve and improve the conditions and performance on any Federal-aid highway, bridge and tunnel projects on any public road, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and transit capital projects, including intercity bus terminals.

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program

The purpose of the CMAQ program is to fund transportation projects or programs that will contribute to attainment or maintenance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone, carbon monoxide (CO), and particulate matter (both PM10 and PM2.5). The CMAQ program supports two important goals: improving air quality and relieving congestion.

MPOs are required to have a CMAQ project selection process that is transparent, in writing, and publicly available. Caltrans ensures each MPO’s CMAQ procedures are provided at the time of each FTIP and FSTIP update cycle.