Office of Planning, Policy and Program Development 

The Office of Planning, Policy and Program Development (OPPPD) is responsible for policy and planning research, public transportation and modal research, research programming, data analysis and reporting, and State and Federal reporting. We provide information for the decision-making process and to comply with Federal and State laws, regulations, and mandates. We also provide information for the decision-making process and to comply with Federal and State laws, regulations, and mandates.

La Keda Huckabay, Office Chief
Email La Keda Huckabay
(916) 227-6854

What We Do

  • Support the Research and Deployment Advisory Committee and the Program Steering Committees
  • Deliver Research Products Supporting:
    • Transportation Planning
    • Aeronautics
    • Sustainability 
    • Asset Management
    • Road Charge
    • Strategic Planning
    • Geospatial Enterprise Operations
  • Manage the University Transportation Center Program
  • Manage the Preliminary Investigations Program
  • Prepare Section 500 Series reports for submission to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • Collect and display data and information

OPPPD Branches

Data Analysis and Reporting Branch

Jahangir Kashkooli, Branch Chief
Email Jahangir Kashkooli
(916) 227-5659

We provide ready access to transportation data, statistics, and information. Some of our products are:

  • Caltrans Fact Booklet (CFB)
    Collect and organize multimodal transportation related data and information into a concise pocket-sized reference booklet published annually for use by executives, public information officers, and others throughout the state to find important information when needed.

  • Data Library
    Coordinate, research, and populate the transportation system data library, creating reports to better illustrate the data while answering many data-rich questions for our customers.

  • Federal Reporting (Section 500 Series Reports)
    Collaborate with local, regional, and state agencies to report highway-related income and expenditures to the FHWA. FHWA uses the Section 500 Series reports to provide information that supports the Federal Highway Program’s reauthorization; develop proposed legislation and reports to Congress; analyze existing and proposed Federal-aid funding methods and levels; and calculate dollars returned to the states annually.

  • State Data Reporting
    Collaborate with state, local, and Federal agencies and local jurisdictions to publish multimodal transportation, demographic, and socio-economic data in the California Quick Facts and Travel and Related Factors on-line publications.

Planning and Policy Research Branch

Tyler Monson, Chief
Email Tyler Monson
(916) 227-6305

We provide support for developing key policy decisions by addressing critical transportation issues and forming a better understanding of travel behavior and the relationship between transportation and land use.

  • New and Improved Products and Services
    Champion new and improved products and services to be used in the planning and policy areas of transportation research.

  • Planning and Policy Research
    Conduct innovative research, develop practical applications, introduce deployable products, and facilitate the transfer of technology for planning and policy research.

  • Preliminary Investigations and Policy Briefs
    Partner with our internal and external customers and stakeholders to deliver high quality transportation research preliminary investigations, policy briefs, and projects.

Research Program Development Branch

Tori Kanzler, Acting Chief
Email Tori Kanzler

(916) 227-6218

Our team coordinates the research selection process. We work with DRISI, the Research and Deployment Advisory Committee (RDAC), the Program Steering Committees (PSCs) and Technical Advisory Panels (TAPs) to evaluate, prioritize and select new research. We also advertise the Call for Submissions (CFS) as a service to DRISI Project Managers in soliciting research proposals from academic institutions. The branch is also responsible for coordinating the Preliminary Investigation process.

  • Research Selection
    Support DRISI, RDAC, the PSCs and TAPs in selecting new research.

  • Call For Submissions (CFS)
    Develop and advertise the CFS to public entities, and provide resultant research proposals to the DRISI Project Managers.

  • Preliminary Investigations
    Coordinate the Preliminary Investigation process with DRISI, PSCs and consultant.