California Department of Transportation

Partnership Planning & Transit Planning Grants

Announcing the Fiscal Year 2014-15 Transportation Planning Grant Awards

Caltrans is pleased to preliminarily announce the transportation planning grant awards.  Successful applications focused on improving mobility by innovatively addressing problems or deficiencies in the transportation system.

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

Our Final Products library resource was updated October 2013. 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 Partnership Planning for Sustainable Transportation

The Partnership Planning grant program is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (State Planning and Research, Part I). The Federal Highway Administration has authorized Caltrans to distribute these grant funds. The objective of the Partnership Planning for Sustainable Transportation grant program is to encourage or strengthen multi-agency and/or government-to-government partnerships. The projects must have a statewide and/or regional benefit and may include, but not be limited to, partnering with local agencies to develop plans that align with Senate Bill 375 Sustainable Communities Strategy (SB 375 SCS) implementation.  The anticipated benefits of the project must ultimately result in improvements to the statewide or regional transportation system.
Example Project Types:

  • Studies that lead to SB 375 SCS implementation
  • Studies that identify regional, inter-county, and/or statewide mobility and access needs
  • Corridor studies and corridor preservation studies
  • Projects that evaluate transportation issues involving ground access to international borders, seaports, airports, intermodal facilities, freight hubs, and recreational sites

FTA 5304 Transit Planning

The Transit Planning grant program is funded by the Federal Transit Administration. The Federal Transit Administration has authorized Caltrans to distribute these grant funds.

Transit Planning for Sustainable Communities

The objective of the Transit Planning for Sustainable Communities grant program is to address transit planning issues of statewide or regional significance in urban service areas with populations greater than 100,000. The proposed planning studies are intended to improve transit services and to facilitate congestion relief by offering a sustainable alternative to the singe occupant vehicle.

Example Project Types:

    • Identification of policies and procedures to integrate transit into the transportation system planning process
    • Statewide transit planning surveys and research
    • Identification of policies, strategies, and programs to preserve transit facilities and optimize transit infrastructure
    • Development of transit planning and travel forecasting tools and models

Transit Planning for Rural Communities

The objective of the Transit Planning for Rural Communities grant program is to help transit providers with technical planning for the operation and maintenance of a sustainable transit system. The intent is to support transit and/or intermodal planning studies that show benefit to rural or small urban service areas with a population of 100,000 or less.
Student internships in transit planning at public transportation agencies may be applied for under this grant program.  The objective of student internships is to provide students an opportunity to gain work experience in transit planning at public transportation agencies. The intent is to foster the education of university and community college students with an interest in the field of transit planning. Internships are for students only.
Example Project Types:

    • Short-range transit development plans
    • Transit marketing plans
    • Site selection studies
    • Transit service implementation plans
    • Ridership survey
    • Social service improvement studies
    • Student Internships

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

Additional Tools and Information

Contact

Priscilla Martinez-Velez, Associate Transportation Planner