Caltrans 50th Anniversary 1973 - 2023


Caltrans Marks 50th Anniversary. Fifty years ago, the State of California established a new Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to unify a wide range of transportation functions under a single entity. Since July 1973, the department has managed one of the most complex transportation systems in the nation and helped play a vital role in creating the world’s fourth largest economy.

Caltrans News Release - July 18, 2023
Photo of Caltrans Director Tony Tavares and California Transportation Secretary Toks Omishakin unveiling a project sign with the new Rebuilding California logo on it.


Caltrans unveils new “Rebuilding CA” highway signs that will highlight the record levels of state and federal infrastructure funding being put to work on projects statewide to create a safer, more sustainable and more resilient transportation system.

Caltrans News Release - Apr 20, 2023
Caltrans EV charging station


Spurred by governor's orders and climate-change issues, department embraces zero-emission vehicles. Caltrans is looking to convert its entire fleet of vehicles to run by either electricity-powered batteries or by the evolving possibilities offered by hydrogen.

Caltrans Mile Marker 2023, Issue 2
State Begins Construction on New 10,000-mile Broadband Network to Bring High-Speed, Reliable Internet Service to All Californians


State begins construction on new 10,000-mile broadband network to bring high-speed, reliable internet service to all Californians

Caltrans News Release - October 30, 2022
Clean California Logo


May 11, 2021 - Governor Gavin Newsom announces Clean California, A transformative initiative to remove litter, create jobs and beautify California. Trash has plagued California’s streets and highways for decades. Clean California makes significant investments in litter collection, community engagement and education to ultimately transform unsightly roadsides into spaces of pride for all Californians. This is truly a statewide effort with potential projects in all 58 counties and with nearly a third of the funds going directly to cities, counties, tribes and transit agencies to clean local streets and public spaces.

Clean California website
The arrow-shaped California Transportation Plan 2050 logo has a group of 6 multicolor diamond-shaped squares in red, orange, green, yellow, blue and purple that make up the point of the arrow which leads the viewer’s eye to the right. The multicolored diamonds echo Caltrans’ multimodal approach to transportation.


The California Transportation Plan (CTP) 2050 is a framework that provides a common vision for the future transportation system in California. It sets forth a roadmap for making effective, equitable, transparent, and transformational transportation decisions for the State. The plan also features an open and collaborative approach with local transportation partners and stakeholders, and is the result of an extensive, multi-faceted public engagement process designed to best serve California residents-- in whatever mode of travel they choose.

California Transportation Plan (CTP) 2050 (PDF)
The blue and orange “Rebuilding California” logo overlays a photo of heavy equipment operators at work on a construction site.


On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). IIJA, also referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), includes provisions related to Federal aid supporting highway, transit, safety, motor carrier, clean energy, digital connectivity, research, hazardous materials, and rail programs of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT).

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)
Photo of “complete street” transportation infrastructure with vehicles navigating a roundabout. A car has stopped at a crosswalk that has pedestrian and ”Yield” signage and a man and boy ride their bikes in an adjacent protected bike/pedestrian path. There is a silver, metal sculpture in the middle of the roundabout and the project’s landscaping incorporates granite rocks and low-water plantings. Views of a blue sky, businesses, pine trees and the Sierra Nevada mountains complete the background.


In Dec. 2021, Caltrans announced that all new transportation projects it funds or oversees will include “complete street” features that provide safe and accessible options for people walking, biking, and taking transit. This policy expands the availability of sustainable transportation options to help meet the state’s climate, health, and equity goals.

Caltrans News Release - December 20, 2021
Race and Equity Action Plan


Caltrans’ Equity Statement and Office of Race and Equity (CORE) were established with the commitment to achieving equity, defined as “when everyone has access to what they need to thrive — starting with our most vulnerable — no matter their race, socioeconomic status, identity, where they live, or how they travel...”

Caltrans Office of Race and Equity (CORE)