California Department of Transportation

Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants

Announcing the Fiscal Year 2015-16 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Cycle

Caltrans is pleased to release the anticipated schedule for the Fiscal Year 2015-16 grant cycle.

Click below for information on current and past grant cycles.

DOTP Transportation Planning Grants - Information on current and past grant cycles.

Our Final Products library is updated annually in October. Some Final Products are available in electronic format. To access the documents, please select the hyperlink on the Final Products document link below. For hard-copy documents, please contact-Priscilla Martinez Velez.

FHWA Strategic Partnerships

The Strategic Partnerships grants are funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA State Planning and Research, Part I). The FHWA has authorized Caltrans to distribute these grant funds.

Consistent with the intent of partnership planning, the Strategic Partnerships grant funds planning projects that encourage regional agencies to partner with Caltrans to identify and address statewide/interregional transportation deficiencies in the state highway system, strengthen government-to-government relationships, and result in programmed system improvements, all in an effort to achieve the Caltrans Mission and overarching objectives. The anticipated benefits of the project must ultimately result in improvements to the statewide or regional transportation system.
Example Project Types:

  • Studies that identify interregional, inter-county, and/or statewide mobility and access needs
  • Corridor studies and corridor performance/preservation studies
  • Projects that evaluate transportation issues involving ground access to international borders, seaports, airports, intermodal facilities, freight hubs, and recreational sites
  • Plans for relinquishment of state routes
  • Statewide research and modeling tools
  • Transportation demand management strategies
  • System investment prioritization plans

Sustainable Communities

The Sustainable Communities grants are funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA, Section 5304) and also the State Highway Account.  The FTA has authorized Caltrans to distribute these grant funds.  Funding distribution depends on the quality and amount of applications in each applicant pool, i.e., Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Regional Transportation Planning Agencies, cities and counties, transit agencies, and Native American Tribal Governments.  Caltrans determines the funding dynamics of each awarded project. 

The Sustainable Communities grant funds transportation planning projects that identify and address mobility deficiencies in the multimodal transportation system, encourage stakeholder collaboration, involve active public engagement, integrate Smart Mobility 2010 concepts, ultimately result in programmed system improvements, and achieve the Caltrans Mission and overarching objectives.

Example Project Types:

  • Advances a community’s effort to reduce transportation related greenhouse gases
  • Assist transportation agencies in creating sustainable communities
  • Advances a community’s effort to address the impacts of climate change and sea level rise
  • Community to school studies or plans/safe routes to school studies or plans
  • Jobs and affordable housing proximity studies or plans
  • Context-sensitive streetscapes or town center studies or plans
  • Complete street studies or plans
  • Bike and pedestrian safety enhancement studies or plans
  • Traffic calming and safety enhancement studies or plans
  • Rural smart growth studies or plans
  • Corridor enhancement studies or plans
  • Health equity transportation studies or plans
  • Climate change adaptation plans for transportation facilities
  • Transit planning surveys and research
  • Identification of policies, strategies, and programs to preserve transit facilities and optimize transit infrastructure
  • Projects that evaluate accessibility and connectivity of the multimodal transportation network
  • Short-range transit development plans
  • Transit marketing plans
  • Social service improvement studies
  • Student Internships (Intended for Non-MPOs and Rural Areas)
  • Address environmental justice issues in a transportation related context

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Reporting (DBE)
Grant recipients are required to report any federally-funded contracting opportunities that may involve DBE participation. For details about DBE requirements, please visit our DBE webpage.

Additional Tools and Information


Priscilla Martinez-Velez, Associate Transportation Planner