California Department of Transportation

Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants

Announcing FY 2019-20 Caltrans Grant Application Guides and Call-for-Applications

On October 5, 2018, Caltrans released the FY 2019-20 Grant Application Guides and call-for-applications for the traditional State and federal funding, as well as grant funding from Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair & Accountability Act of 2017.  The grant application deadline is November 30, 2018.  For more information, please visit

Archived Grants Information

Final Products

Our Final Products library was updated in February 2018. Most recently completed final products are available in electronic format. To access the documents, please select the hyperlink on the Final Products Library document link below. For hard-copy documents, please contact- Priscilla Martinez-Velez. FHWA Strategic Partnerships & FTA 5304 Strategic Partnerships – Transit

The Strategic Partnerships grants are funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA State Planning and Research, Part I) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Section 5304. The FHWA and FTA have authorized Caltrans to distribute these grant funds.  Funding distribution depends on the quality and quantity of applications received each annual cycle.

The objective of the Strategic Partnerships and Strategic Partnerships - Transit grants is to accomplish the Federal Planning Factors, achieve the Caltrans Mission and Grant Program Overarching Objectives.  Strategic Partnerships are intended to fund planning projects that address needs on the State highway system, while the transit component addresses multimodal deficiencies that focus on transit.  Successful applicants demonstrate how the project will:
  • Partner with Caltrans to identify and address statewide, interregional, or regional transportation deficiencies in the State highway system (or multimodal transportation system for transit-focused projects)
  • Strengthen government-to-government relationships, and
  • Result in programmed system improvements
Example Strategic Partnerships Project Types:
  • Studies that identify interregional, inter-county, and/or statewide mobility and access needs
  • Corridor studies and corridor performance/preservation studies
  • Studies that evaluate transportation issues involving ground access to international borders, seaports, airports, intermodal facilities, freight hubs, and recreational sites
  • Development of planning activities intended to result in investment in sustainable transportation projects
  • Enhanced tools to capture GHG benefits of Operations and System Management projects
  • Integration of transportation and economic development
  • Planning for sustainable freight
  • Planning for transportation safety
  • Studies for relinquishment of state routes
  • Statewide or interregional research or modeling tools
  • Transportation demand management plans
  • System investment prioritization plans
  • Assessment and integration of new technology
Example Strategic Partnerships - Transit Project Types
  • Identification of policies and procedures to integrate transit into the transportation system and planning process
  • Statewide 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 multi-modal transportation network
  • Transit technical planning studies to optimize system performance

Sustainable Communities

The Sustainable Communities grants are funded by the State Highway Account and the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account (Senate Bill 1, Chapter 5, Statutes of 2017).  Funding distribution depends on the quality and quantity of applications received each annual cycle. 

The objective of the Sustainable Communities Competitive Grants is to encourage local and regional multimodal transportation and land use planning that furthers the region’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)/Sustainable Communities Strategy (where applicable), contributes to the State’s greenhouse gas reduction targets and other State goals, including but not limited to, the goals and best practices cited in the 2017 RTP Guidelines, addresses the needs of disadvantaged communities, and also assists in achieving the Caltrans Mission and Grant Program Overarching Objectives.

Example Project Types:
  • Studies, plans or planning methods that advance a community’s effort to reduce single occupancy vehicle trips and transportation related GHG through strategies including, but not limited to, advancing mode shift, demand management, travel cost, operational efficiency, accessibility, and coordination with future employment and residential land use
  • Studies, plans or planning methods that assist transportation agencies in creating sustainable communities and transit oriented development
  • SCS development
  • Long range transportation plans for tribal governments
  • Community to school studies or safe routes to school plans
  • Studies, plans, or outreach for school public transit, school pool ridesharing
  • Community needs assessments
  • Studies, plans or planning methods that advance a community’s effort to address the impacts of climate change and sea level rise
  • Studies that promote greater access between affordable housing and job centers
  • Context-sensitive streetscapes or town center plans
  • Complete street plans
  • Active transportation plans, including bicycle, pedestrian and trail master plans
  • Bike and pedestrian plans with a safety enhancement  focus, including Vision Zero plans
  • Plans for bike parking facilities
  • Educational outreach for mode shifts to electric forms of transportation
  • Traffic calming and safety enhancement plans
  • Corridor enhancement studies
  • Health and transportation studies, including health equity transportation studies and other plans that incorporate health into transportation planning
  • Climate change adaptation plans for transportation facilities
  • Identification of policies, strategies, and programs to preserve transit facilities and optimize transit infrastructure


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.

Grant Administration Toolbox

Request for Reimbursement Forms


Priscilla Martinez-Velez, Senior Transportation Planner