Caltrans Reconnecting Communities Program

Background

Caltrans' Reconnecting Communities Program centers on equitable community engagement and relationship building to facilitate a way for affected communities to express how they are burdened by highway facilities, identify their need for reconnection and improved access, and develop transformational strategies and connectivity solutions.

Caltrans Reconnecting Communities Handbook

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) developed a Caltrans Reconnecting Communities Handbook to serve as a resource for Caltrans districts, government agencies, and community organizations statewide to navigate the opportunities and strategies for developing projects that restore community connectivity. This handbook, at the highest level, aligns with Department’s core mission to provide a safe and reliable transportation network that serves all the people of California. The Handbook will be posted in Fall/Winter 2022.

Federal Reconnecting Communities Pilot Grant Program

In 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) established a new $1 billion discretionary grant program to reconnect communities divided by transportation infrastructure. This federal Reconnecting Communities Pilot (RCP) grant program supports planning, capital construction, and technical assistance to restore community connectivity through the removal, retrofit, mitigation or replacement of eligible transportation infrastructure that creates barriers in communities. Partnerships with States, Tribal, regional, local government agencies, and community organizations are critical to addressing the past harms and barriers created by our country's and state's transportation infrastructure. For USDOT’s RCP pilot program in 2022, Caltrans submitted three applications as a lead applicant and will partner on 21 projects led by other agencies and provide 22 letters of support for other partner-led projects.

More detailed information on the Federal RCP grant program can be found on USDOT’s website for Reconnecting Communities, which is listed in the Related Links section.