NALB Resources

Transportation Planning and Coordination (NALB)

Transportation Planning and Coordination:

  • California Transportation Plan 2050 (CTP 2050)
    The California Transportation Plan 2050 (CTP 2050) is a long-range plan required by federal and state law. It provides a common framework for guiding transportation decisions and investments by all levels of government and the private sector.
    2021 Interregional Transportation Strategic Plan (ITSP)
    The Interregional Transportation Strategic Plan (ITSP) is a statewide planning document that provides guidance and prioritization through interregional corridor analysis for projects focused on improving travel access for people and goods on the State’s Interregional Transportation System in a safe, equitable, sustainable, multi-modal manner.
  • California Freight Mobility Plan 2020 (CFMP 2020)
    The California Freight Mobility Plan 2020 (CFMP 2020) is a comprehensive plan that governs the immediate and long-range planning activities and capital investments by the state with respect to freight movement, providing a long-term vision for California’s freight future.
  • Caltrans Active Transportation Plans (District Plans)
    Caltrans’ districts develop district-level plans to identify bicycle and pedestrian needs and priority projects on or parallel to and across the state highway system, focusing on removing barriers, closing gaps, and building complete, comfortable networks.
  • FHWA Tribal Transportation Planning Resources and Guidance
    The FHWA provides multiple resources and guidance for transportation planning, public involvement, environment, Tribal Transportation Program Planning Guidance, maps and data and funding.

Funding Opportunities for Tribal Transportation (NALB)

Funding Subpage:

  • Sustainable Communities Planning Grants
    Sustainable Communities Planning Grants encourage local and regional planning that furthers state goals, including the goals and best practices cited in the Regional Transportation Plan Guidelines adopted by the California Transportation Commission. Caltrans utilizes the federal Section 202(a)(9) process to transfer Sustainable Communities grant funds to Native American Tribal Governments.
  • Clean California Local Grant Program (CCLGP)
    Caltrans developed the Clean California Local Grant Program as part of a two-year program through which approximately $296 million in funds goes to local communities to beautify and improve local streets and roads, tribal lands, parks, pathways, and transit centers to clean and enhance public spaces.
  • Active Transportation Planning Grant (ATP)
    The Active Transportation Program is a statewide competitive grant program created to encourage increased used of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking. ATP provides $100 million in SB1 funds annually in 2-year cycles.
  • Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP)
    The Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) is a comprehensive effort to reduce the number and severity of collisions on the State's highway system by implementing safety improvements to existing roadways. The program includes projects at spot locations where collision history indicates a pattern susceptible to correction by a safety improvement, and system-wide improvements involving highway elements associated with collision frequency or severity.
  • Additional Grant Information
    • California Grants Portal
      A website that hosts information on competitive grants offered by different state agencies. I believe it is also possible to receive e-mail updates on grant opportunities in specific categories.
    • Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF)
      A competitive grant program administered by the Federal Highway Administration to address safety issues. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) provides the largest funding ever in the history of the TTP, including the safety fund, by increasing the total authorized from $2.4 billion under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act to $3 billion for Fiscal Years 2022-2026.
    • Tribal Transportation Funding Workshop
      An on-demand workshop that provides an overview and technical assistance for some of the sources Caltrans has available to tribal governments for funding transit, safety, infrastructure, and active transportation projects. To sign up for this free web-based training, click here to register; login credentials will be created for course access.

Safety Subpage:

  • Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP)
    The SHSP is a statewide data-driven traffic safety plan that coordinates the efforts of a wide range of organizations to reduce traffic accident fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. The SHSP establishes goals, objectives, and challenge areas in coordination with federal, state, local and private sector safety stakeholders.
  • Tribal Transportation Safety Plans
    Transportation Safety Plans are a tool used by Tribes to identify and address transportation risk factors that could lead to serious injury or death. Safety Plans can cover multiple transportation modes and may lead to implementation of a project or program, renewed efforts on an existing program or study of a roadway section. The Safety Plan should demonstrate safety concerns in a community and prioritized strategies to implement the plan.
  • Tribal Transportation Safety Assessment (TTSA)
    The TTSA project provided California Native American Tribal Governments with expert, focused and independent assessments. The goal of the TTSA project is to reduce injuries and fatalities on all roadways that serve California Native American reservations and Rancherias, as well as roadways accessing their tribal lands, by conducting a TTSA for selected Tribal governments. The assessments consisted of a two-day site visit, including a public participation meeting and field audit conducted by consultant experts. A technical report consisting of analysis, summary findings, possible suggestions for improvements and potential sources of funding considered for improvements was submitted to participating tribes. Technical assistance services and reports provided by this project could help tribes identify potential sources of funding to make the improvements suggested in their reports and help provide the justifications to use in future grant applications.
  • Tribal Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS)
    U.C. Berkeley Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) collaborates with the National Indian Justice Center to enhance capacity of tribal entities to collect and submit crash data to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Record System (SWITRS) and use SWITRS data to conduct traffic analyses on tribal lands. SafeTREC developed the Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS), a tribal crash data tool using shape files from federally recognized tribes overlayed with geocoded collision data to generate a description of traffic collisions.  This data tool provides tribes with access to a web-based interactive analysis and mapping tool for entering collision data, function for submitting crash data to SWITRS and features for mapping and analyses of data related to the tribal area.
  • Road Safety Audit (RSA)
    A Road Safety Audit is a formal evaluation of a roadway segment by an independent, multi-disciplinary team to identify specific safety recommendations.  Tribal Governments may utilize RSA to assist with determining roadway deficiencies, maintenance issues, planning for future work that benefits transportation safety and to demonstrate safety needs to funding agencies.

Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO)

Caltrans encourages working cooperatively with California Tribal Governments to increase Native American employment opportunities on transportation projects and supports Tribal Employment Rights Ordinances (TEROs) adopted by federally recognized California Native American Tribes on Caltrans construction and contracted maintenance projects located on tribal lands.  For more information, click here.

TERO Subpage:

The Caltrans Native American Liaison Branch worked in collaboration with California TERO Tribes to develop a TERO policy, Deputy Directive 74-R2, “Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance,” which works in conjunction with Directors Policy 19 “Working with Native American Communities.” Tribal employment policies and programs pursuant to a TERO create job opportunities for Native Americans, especially in communities with high unemployment rates.  TERO fees are used to support job development and employment programs.


Caltrans Office of Race and Equity (CORE) is charged with advancing racial equity through the Department’s internal and external operations. The CORE provides leadership, guidance, training, and support to all divisions, districts, and programs on equity efforts. Caltrans recognizes our leadership role and unique responsibility in State government to eliminate barriers to provide more equitable transportation for all Californians. This understanding is the foundation for intentional decision-making that recognizes past, stops current, and prevents future harms from our actions. For more information, click here.

Equity Subpage:

  • Caltrans Equity Statement - Released December 2020
    Caltrans acknowledges that communities of color and underserved communities experienced fewer benefits along with a greater share of negative impacts associate with the state’s transportation system. Caltrans recognizes our leadership role and unique responsibility in State government to eliminate barriers to provide more equitable transportation for all Californians. This understanding is the foundation for intentional decision-making that recognizes past, stops current and prevents future harm from our actions.
  • Pilot Equity Index (EQI) Tool - Under Development
    Caltrans Office of Race and Equity (CORE) is developing an equity tool that creates a multi-indicator metric called an Equity Index. The Pilot Equity Index research will provide a process based on a series of transportation and equity indicators that can be used to prioritize projects through an equity lens along with analysis to determine project benefits and identify potential harm to prioritize communities for equitable engagement.
  • Renaming and Removal of Harmful Names and Monuments on Caltrans Right of Way – Preliminary Investigation (PI)
    The PI will identify policies and practices that Caltrans can use to identify place names that have a derogatory or racist linkage and research to develop a process for renaming and removal of such harmful names and monuments from Caltrans' right of way.

Native American Advisory Committee (NAAC)

The NALB collaborates with the Caltrans Native American Advisory Committee (NAAC) to improve government-to-government relationships between the Tribes and Caltrans. The committee provides advice to the Director about matters of interest or concern to the Tribes and their constituents. NALB advises top management on evolving policy issues, alternative courses of action and their consequences, and participates in studies and task forces to identify opportunities to optimize tribal transportation planning and programming. Finally, with the help of the District Native American Liaisons (DNALs) and other partners, NALB identifies potential problem areas early and facilitates resolutions whenever possible to avoid the escalation of issues that the Tribes in California have with the Department. For more information, click here.