State Planning, Equity, and Engagement

The Office of State Planning, Equity, & Engagement (OSPEE) provides a framework and collaborative process to understand and shape the future of the transportation system in California and lead the Department in long-range statewide planning in coordination with internal and external stakeholders. The effort is to explore California’s future of mobility and advance innovative solutions in the context of broader economic, demographic, environmental, technological, and equitable issues. OSPEE strives to create a blueprint that helps plan for a sustainable, climate resilient multimodal transportation system.

OSPEE consists of four branches that coordinate and collaborate with various stakeholders and Caltrans’ Districts and Divisions to produce comprehensive studies, research, guidelines, and develop the California Transportation Plan (CTP).


See below for more information on the major office deliverables, policies, and guidance that are used and or developed throughout phases of the long range planning and engagement process.

Below are a list of major data sources that are routinely used during the long planning process:

Our office is primarily responsible long range transportation planning within our Division of Transportation Planning (DOTP).

Below are the list of major office deliverables and plans that play an integral part of our office's daily tasks:

The California Transportation Plan (CTP) provides a common framework for guiding transportation decisions and investments by all levels of government and the private sector. 

The PPP for the CTP and Federal Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (FSTIP) supports Caltrans mission to involve stakeholders and the public in transportation decision making and responds to federal and state laws and regulations that emphasize public engagement. The PPP describes Caltrans' strategies and techniques to inform and engage stakeholders and the public in transportation planning and programming with the purpose of maximizing participation and effectiveness.

The objective of the Future of Mobility White Paper was to explore applications of emerging technologies that provide innovative and transformative solutions for California‚Äôs transportation system. Outcomes as described by the study would be applied the technological, social, economic, and environmental change discussed with the CTP 2050.

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Federal law and state statute require the development and preparation of a state transportation plan which must be updated every five years. Furthermore, On behalf of Caltrans, the LRPP Branch is required to prepare the CTP Guidelines in cooperation with the California Transportation Commission (CTC). The guidance document is intended to identify statutory requirements and inform the development of the plan by advising study areas for analysis and evaluation to ensure the CTP provides long-term, inclusive planning policy for the State’s transportation system. 

CTC authorized an update to the CTP Guidelines to be adopted in 2023. Caltrans incorporated revisions that promote implementation of new statutory requirements. To maintain transparency throughout the transportation planning process, Caltrans have also posted the public comments that were received and incorporated into the public draft of the CTP Guidelines.

Once approved and final by CTC, Caltrans will update public draft link to the final edited version.

Requires the California Department of Transportation to update the CTP every five years while showing how the State will achieve the statewide GHG reduction to meet the goals of AB 32 and EO S-3-05.


District collaboration and public engagement are crucial to the long range planning process. 

Below are a list of tools that are used to guide the development processes of the CTP and enrich the public engagement processes for the entire division:


Featured Links

California State Transportation Agency


California State Transportation Agency
Connecting State Climate Goals and VMT

CARB 2017 Scoping Plan

Connecting State Climate Goals and VMT
California Transportation Commission


California Transportation Commission

Latest Updates

For the latest updates on the California Transportation Plan (CTP) please visit here.

Office Contacts

State Planning, Equity, & Engagement Office

Gabriel Corley, Office Chief, State Planning, Equity, & Engagement

Long Range Policy Planning Branch

John Thurston, Branch Chief, Long Range Policy Planning

Eric Gudz, Program Manager, Research & Policy Analysis Program Manager

Ryan Carrillo-Kovach, Program Manager, CTP Program Manager

Equity, Engagement, & Health Branch

Bruce Kemp, Branch Chief, Equity, Engagement, & Health