Regional and System Planning
Regional and System Planning Overview - District 1 Regional Planners perform a combination of duties in the area of regional transportation planning, with two main functions: Intergovernmental Review/California Environmental Quality Act (IGR/CEQA) and regional planning liaison to the Regional Transportation Planning Agencies. System Planning staff are responsible for long range planning efforts for the State Highway System and produce Transportation Concept Reports (TCRs) and the District System Management Plan (DSMP).
Regional Transportation Planning staff provide assistance to the Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPA) located in each of the four counties in District 1. Regional Planning Liaisons serve as the single point of contact within the District for all regional transportation planning activities. Staff assists each RTPA with development of their annual Overall Work Plans, Regional Transportation Plans, Regional Transportation Improvement Programs and with programming state and federal funds for transportation improvements important to all agencies in their respective jurisdictions. Public transportation (transit) activities include oversight and support for local agencies applying for State and Federal grant funds.
In the area of mass transit, regional planners are responsible for the administration of State and federal programs that provide funding, technical assistance and capital improvement projects for buses and other modes of transportation.
More information about mass transit can be found at the following web sites:
Caltrans Division of Mass Transit
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Arcata & Mad River Transit System
Humboldt Transit Authority (HTA)
Mendocino Transit Authority (MTA)
Regional and System Planning is responsible for long range planning efforts for the State Highway System, including:
- Climate Change Pilot Study
- Transportation Concept Reports (TCRs) - analyze transportation corridors and establish 20-year planning concepts for development.
- TCR Data Updates - brief updates to the facts and figures found in existing TCRs.
- The Transportation System Development Plan - which identifies transportation corridor improvements for alternative funding levels.
- The District System Management Plan (DSMP) 2012 (PDF 6.5M) - guides the District's maintenance, management and development of the transportation system.
- Non-motorized - Bicycle and Pedestrian Information
- Scenic Highways - To date, the only officially designated scenic highway in the District is a segment of Route 101 which runs through Redwood State and National Parks in Del Norte County. District 1 System Planning performed a corridor study for Route 101 through Humboldt and Del Norte Counties in 1998 as a potential first step in designating Route 101 as a National Scenic Byway. Designation was not pursued at that time due to a lack of local support. This stretch of Route 101 remains eligible for designation.
- Project Initiation Document Oversight - Project Initiation Documents are prepared to define the scope, schedule and cost of a project. Planning manages project initiation document resources.
- Other Planning projects, such as special studies, functional classification coordination,
non-motorized coordination, Geographic information systems (GIS) support, and District 1 Growth Factors.
- Covelo/Round Valley Non Motorized Needs Assessment & Engineered Feasibility Study Report (PDF 29MB)
- State Route 128 Corridor Valley Trail Feasibility Study
- Pacific Coast Bike Route/California Coastal Trail Project
- State Route 29 South Corridor Engineered Feasibility Study (EFS) Final Report (PDF 44MB)
- Middletown Community Action Plan Final Report (PDF 33MB)
- Humboldt County Feasibility Studies