State Planning


The Office of State Planning (OSP) 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 planning statewide 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.  OSP strives to create a blueprint that helps plan for a sustainable, climate resilient multimodal transportation system.

OSP consists of two branches that coordinate and collaborate with various stakeholders and Caltrans’ Districts and Division to produce comprehensive studies and guidelines, and develop the California Transportation Plan (CTP).  See below for more information on the OSP branches and deliverables.

Statewide Long-Range Planning Branch 

Statewide Long-Range Planning Branch (SLRP) planning sets a vision for the future and develops policy to implement that vision.  Through continuous work with stakeholders, the public, and throughout the Department, SLRP leads the way in mapping out California’s transportation needs for the future.  How do we plan for Climate Change, population growth, housing needs, and new technology while promoting equity and a strong economy?  SLRP works on answering these challenging questions through development and implementation of the CTP, scenario planning, tracking emerging technologies, coordination and collaboration with public and private stakeholders, and research on various transportation issues.

Statewide Long-Range Planning Branch Fact Sheet (PDF)*

Major branch deliverables:

California Transportation Plan

The California Transportation Plan (CTP) is the state’s long-range transportation plan that creates a vision and serves as a framework to articulate strategic goals, policies, and recommendations to improve multimodal mobility, accessibility, help improve housing, and combat climate change through GHG reduction and adaptation planning strategies. The CTP planning process represents an important step toward integrating statewide long-range modal plans, key programs, and analysis tools that build on RTPs, Sustainable Communities Strategies (SCSs), and rural land use visions. The CTP brings various programs, modes, and transportation stakeholders together to develop innovative solutions to advance a safe, sustainable, integrated, equitable and efficient transportation system that will guide policy-makers in transportation investment decision-making that meets the needs of California’s transportation future. 

Caltrans Future of Mobility

The objective of this effort is to explore applications of emerging technologies that provide innovative and transformative solutions for California’s transportation system.  The Future of Mobility White Paper was prepared to explore the impact of technological, social, economic, and environmental change on Caltrans' long-term transportation planning process in California. The results from this study will ultimately be used to inform scenario development for the CTP 2050.

Strategic Engagement and CTP Implementation Branch

The Strategic Engagement and CTP Implementation Branch works in coordination with the 12 Caltrans district offices to guide and assist in the outreach of the CTP.  This ensures that the plan gains exposure to regional and local government stakeholders as well as the public for valuable feedback. In addition, this branch works with internal and external partners to identify and develop policy opportunities to maintain high visibility and credibility for State Transportation Planning efforts.

Strategic Engagement and CTP Implementation Branch Fact Sheet (PDF)*

Major branch deliverables:

California Transportation Plan Guidelines

OSP is responsible on behalf of Caltrans to prepare the CTP Guidelines in cooperation with the California Transportation Commission (CTC). The CTC adopts the guidelines for the preparation of the CTP. The 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.

Public Participation Plan

The Public Participation Plan (PPP) for the CTP and Federal Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (FSTIP) supports Caltrans mission to involve stakeholders and the public in transportation decision making.  The PPP responds to federal and state laws and regulations that require public engagement.

Native American Liaison Branch (NALB)

The NALB has relocated and is not longer a part of the Office of State Planning. To be redirected to the new NALB website or to contact the NALB Branch Chief, please use the following:

NALB Website(link pending)

Lonora Graves, Branch Chief, Native American Liaison Branch 
(916) 653-6315


Gabriel Corley, Office Chief, OSP
(916) 653-1305

John Thurston, Branch Chief, Statewide Long-Range Planning Branch
(916) 654-4151

Frances Dea-Sanchez, Branch Chief, Strategic Engagement and CTP Implementation Branch
(916) 653-2355

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