California Department of Transportation
District 6 Director Sharri Bender Ehlert
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1352 W. Olive Avenue
P.O. Box 12616
Fresno, CA 93778-2616


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District 6 Transportation Planning

Technical Planning

District 6’s Technical Planning Unit provides travel demand information and analyses in support of the Traffic Operations Unit (Albert Lee), planning or corridor studies, Project Development and Environmental Division project development process, and in support of local agency or developer projects. Travel demand information and analyses are mainly used to identify current and future deficiencies on the State highway system and to provide data for the evaluation of proposed improvements.

The Technical Planning Unit works with and uses the Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno and Madera, Metropolitan Planning Organizations’ regional travel demand model.  In joint cooperation with Caltrans’ various Planning units, Technical Planning provides conceptual designs to aid City and County land use approval agencies with long range geometric design concepts.

Technical Planning provides microsimulation that can be used in support of operational analysis, need and purpose, air quality analysis and for public information meetings.  In addition, benefit cost ratios are developed for all STIP projects seeking CTC funding approval.

Technical Planning can provide:

  1. Design Designation and Traffic Index Values
  2. Truck rate by Axle
  3. Pedestrian count volumes.
  4. Existing and Estimated Future AADT volumes
  5. Existing and Estimated Future Design Hourly Volumes 
  6. Origin and Destination Studies
  7. Air Quality Performance Parameters: vehicle miles traveled (VMT), vehicle hours traveled (VHT), vehicle hours of delay (VHD), and speed distributions.
  8. Benefit-Cost Ratio calculation.
  9. Feasibility studies
  10. Microsimulation studies
  11. Planning Cost Estimate

How to request:

Design Designation and Traffic Index

  1. Send a memorandum addressed to Harpreet Binning, Senior, Technical Planning Branch.
  2. Include a Layout Plan, Project Limits (Post miles), Location and EA number.
  3. Type of work to be performed in the project.
  4. Construction year (CCA or when construction is complete).
  5. Allow two months to process; certain locations require field work.


Existing and Future Traffic Volume Forecasting: Intersection, Interchange Studies or Major Capacity Increasing and Operational Improvement Projects.

  1. Send a memorandum addressed to Harpreet Binning, Senior, Technical Planning Branch.
  2. Include as much geometric design detail as possible, including local road improvements.
  3. The project limits and post miles, and EA number.
  4. A description of the work to be performed.
  5. Accurately predict the year construction will be completed and the design period.
  6. Early consultation is encouraged, particular on complex projects.  The time to complete detailed studies will vary from two months to two years depending on the complexity and number of alternatives.


Microsimulation Studies: Microsimulation can be used for public information presentations or in support of traffic operational analysis. 

  1. Consultation with the Technical Planning is encouraged as early as possible.  Microsimulation can take between three months and two years depending on the complexity of the project. 


Benefit-Cost (B/C) Ratio: BC ratios are typically required on STIP project as part of the CTC fund approval request. 

  1. Send a memorandum addressed to Harpreet Binning, Senior, Technical Planning Branch.
  2. Include the project limits and a description of the scope.
  3. Include: right of way cost and right of way support cost; construction cost and construction support cost; the number of working days.
  4. Additional information will be requested based on the scope of work.
  5. Allow not less than two weeks to complete the B/C calculations.


Air Quality Inputs: Many environmental documents will require noise and air quality studies.

  1. Send a memorandum addressed to Harpreet Binning, Senior, Technical Planning Branch.
  2. Include the project limits and a description of the scope.
  3. We strongly encourage joint consultation with Design and Environmental Units to determine the deliverables and the schedule.


Conceptual Geometric Designs: Technical Planning provides conceptual geometric designs as part of joint planning between Caltrans and our local agency partners.  These products are available upon request.

  1. Consultation is encouraged to determine the products previously developed and issues included in the conceptual design. 



• Design Designation
• Traffic Index
• Travel Forecasting
• Planning Cost Estimate
• Traffic Studies

• Travel Demand Model Development
• Analysis

• B/C Ratio
• Corridor Studies
• Network Planning
• Planning Cost Estimate
• Travel Forecasting

• Micro Simulation Models

• Corridor Studies
• Design Designation
• Traffic Forecasting
• Traffic Index

• Design Designation
• Traffic Forecasting
• Traffic Index
• B/C Ratio