Office of Planning, Policy and Program Development (OPPPD)


Email: Office Chief

The Office of Planning, Policy and Program Development is responsible for deployment support, systems analysis, ITS decision support, policy and planning research, public transportation and modal research, research programming, data analysis and reporting, and State and Federal reporting. We also provide information for the decision-making process and to comply with Federal and State laws, regulations, and mandates.


What We Do

  • Support the Research and Deployment Advisory Committee (RDAC) and the Program Steering Committees (PSCs).
  • Manage the Preliminary Investigations (PI) Program.
  • Oversee the DRISI Strategic Plan Activities
  • Manage the research portfolio and the University Transportation Center Program.
  • Coordinate, compile, and report transportation data and information.
  • Report Section 500 Reports to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

OPPPD Branches


Jahangir Kashkooli, Chief
Email: jahangir.kashkooli@dot.ca.gov

We focus on providing data reporting and analysis to enable decision makers and system users to access quality transportation information and make informed decisions. Some of our work:

  • Caltrans Fact Booklet (CRB)
  • Data Library
  • Federal Reporting (Section 500 Reports)
  • State Data Reporting

Curtis Davis, Acting Chief
Email: curt.davis@dot.ca.gov

Our team provides support for developing key policy decisions, addressing critical transportation issues, environmental needs and opportunities, and better understanding travel behavior and the relationship between transportation and land use.

  • New and Improved Products and Services
  • Planning and Policy Research
  • Preliminary Investigations and Policy Briefs
  • Tools for Decision Makers

Tori Kanzler, Chief
Email: tori.kanzler@dot.ca.gov

Our team coordinates the research selection process. We work with DRISI, the Research and Deployment Advisory Committee (RDAC), the Program Steering Committees (PSCs) and Technical Advisory Panels (TAPs) to evaluate, prioritize and select new research. We also advertise the Call for Submissions (CFS) as a service to DRISI Project Managers in soliciting research proposals from academic institutions. The branch is also responsible for coordinating the Preliminary Investigation process.

  • Research Selection
  • Call For Submissions (CFS)
  • Preliminary Investigations
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