Strategic Investment Planning

The Office of Strategic Investment Planning (OSIP), established in April 2021, has a fundamental role in linking Caltrans’ short, medium, and long-range planning to programming and project delivery. OSIP is responsible for developing and implementing investment strategies and tools to promote State goals and policies, with a focus on advancing equity and expanding multi-modal travel options that enrich all communities and respect the environment. Through continuous collaboration with key HQ programs, subject matter experts, and district offices, OSIP ensures that projects nominated for federal and state discretionary funding programs align with the 10 Guiding Principles of the Climate Action Plan for Transportation Infrastructure (CAPTI).

Letters of Support (LOS) are provided to local agencies and partners by Caltrans for inclusion in their project application packages for competitive grant programs. OSIP is responsible for submitting LOS Request Packages to the Director for various state and federal grant programs. The following templates are made available to help project applicants develop cover letters and LOSs for inclusion in LOS Request Packages. 


Cover Letter Template (DOC)

Letters of Support Template (DOC)

Electronic Project Programming Request (ePPR) Resources

The California Transportation Commission requires ePPRs to be prepared by project sponsors or implementing agencies to provide the information necessary to properly program or amend a project into state transportation funding programs. The Office of Capital Improvement Programming provides the following resources for project sponsors to properly prepare ePPRs:

Information on federal and state competitive funding programs that OSIP assists partners with can be found at the following resources: 

 Federal Programs

 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) 

 BRIC is a federal competitive grant program that support states, local, communities, tribes, and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards. 

 Federal Emergency Management Agency Grants (FEMA Grants) 

 FEMA provides funds for pre and post emergency or disaster related projects to support critical recover initiatives, innovative research, and many other programs for states, local, tribal, and territorial governments, certain private non-profits, individuals, and institutions of higher learning. 

 Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) 

 INFRA is a federal competitive grant program that provides funding to highway and freight projects of national or regional significance. 

 Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) 

 RAISE is a federal competitive grant program that provides funding to multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional projects at the state and local levels that are more difficult to support through traditional United States Department of Transportation funding programs. 

State Programs 

 Active Transportation Program (ATP) 

 ATP is a statewide competitive grant program created to encouraged increased use of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking. 

 Solutions for Congestion Corridor (SCCP) 

 SCCP is a statewide competitive grant program that funds projects designed to reduce congestion in highly traveled and highly congested corridors through performance improvements that balance transportation improvements, community impacts, and that provide environmental benefits. 

 Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (TCEP) 

 TCEP is a statewide competitive grant program that funds infrastructure improvements along corridors that have a high volume of freight movement.

Featured Links

California Transportation Commission

Active Transportation Program (ATP)

ATP provides $100 million annually to projects that promote active transportation modes, such as biking and walking.
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
California Transportation Commission

Solutions for Congested Corridors Program (SCCP)

SCCP provides $250 million annually to projects to reduce congestion on highly traveled and highly congested corridors.
California Transportation Commission

Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (TCEP)

TCEP provides $400 million annually to support infrastructure improvements on corridors with a high volume of freight movement.

Latest Updates

State-Sponsored Non-SHOPP PID project nominations are due February 28, 2022!


Office of Strategic Investment Planning

Sinarath Pheng, Office Chief, Strategic Investment Planning

Tracey Frost, Investment Performance Program Manager

Madison Buccola, Project Nomination Program Manager (Acting)

Intermodal and Investment Planning Branch

Jennifer Synhorst, Branch Chief, Intermodal and Investment Planning

Mundeep Takher, Associate Government Program Analyst

Juvenal Alvarez, Associate Transportation Planner

Larissa Lee, Transportation Planner