Reconnecting Communities: Highways to Boulevards

Converting underutilized highways to restore community connectivity

San Francisco Embarcadero Freeway in 1982
San Francisco Embarcadero Freeway in 1982*

San Francisco Embarcadero Freeway in 2008
San Francisco Embarcadero Freeway in 2008#

In response to the adoption of Streets & Highways Code 104.3, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is launching the Reconnecting Communities: Highways to Boulevards (RC:H2B) Pilot Program. $149 million was established in the FY 22/23 State Budget to plan for and fund the conversion of key underutilized highways in the State into multi-modal corridors to reconnect communities divided by transportation infrastructure. The historical harm will be addressed through community-based transportation planning, design, demolition, and/or reconstruction of city streets, parks, or other infrastructure.


  • Restore community connectivity through the removal, retrofit, mitigation, or replacement of eligible transportation infrastructure facilities that create barriers to mobility, access, or economic development.
  • Provide matching funding for potential federal grant funds.
  • Advance health and equity outcomes for underserved communities by removing health, safety, and access barriers associated with transportation infrastructure within communities.
  • Improve access to opportunity by improving travel options and reducing combined household transportation and housing costs for underserved communities.
  • Create opportunities for implementation of affordable housing and furthering the advancement of fair housing.
  • Prevent or minimize direct and indirect displacement effects from project implementation.
  • Advance community-based or community-driven transportation planning.

Caltrans hosted four stakeholder workshops focused on soliciting input from the local agencies and stakeholders to participate in the development of the RC:H2B Program Guidelines.

Workshop #1 and #2 have been removed as they reflect old and outdated program information. Please see Workshops #3 and #4 for the current and updated program information.

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RC:H2B Selected Communities

Selected Communities List

RC:H2B Application Receipt Log


RC:H2B Program Milestones

The following is the projected timeline for the RC:H2B Program

Draft Milestone Schedule Date & Time
Program Guidelines Workshop #3 March 7, 2023, from 9:30am to 11:00am
Program Guidelines Workshop #4 May 9, 2023, from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Call for Communities Application June 20, 2023
Application Workshops #1 July 26, 2023, from 2:30pm to 4:00pm
 Application Workshop #2 August 24, 2023, from 8:30am to 10:00am
Application Deadline September 20, 2023 5:00PM PDT
Selection Notification Late February/Early March 2024

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1st Image: *San Francisco Skyline with Embarcadero February 6, 1982 courtesy of GeraldPHawkins   2nd Image: #San Francisco Ferry Building May 5, 2008 courtesy of JaGa