Office of Regional and Interagency Planning
Working cooperatively with the twelve Caltrans' district offices, the Office of Regional and Interagency Planning (ORIP) guides and maintains California's regional transportation planning process as follows:
- Monitor the regional transportation planning process through the Overall Work Program (OWP) and Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), coordinate the administration and funding of these documents, and act as liaison and advocate for California's regional transportation planning program.
- Responsible for the consistent and appropriate evolution of the regional planning process by reviewing and suggesting potential State and Federal legislation relating specifically to the regional transportation planning process.
- Respond to expanding regional planning issues, including analyzing impacts of new State and Federal legislation and maximizing the positive results of technological advances in planning and communications.
- Collaborate with Federal, State, and Regional partners to provide reliable information, guidance, and resources that relates to the regional transportation planning process.
ORIP's goal is to identify and exceed customer expectations, maximize the use of resources, and provide additional training and support as needed.
This link provides you with an individual listing of personnel contacts for California's Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs).
The following link includes Congestion Management Agencies, Local Transport Commissions (non-MPO and non-RTPA only), and MPOs and RTPAs.
SAFETEA-LU: Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act - A Legacy for Users
- MPOs vs Conformity Areas Map
- Final Rule Comparison - The attached table was prepared by Caltrans staff to compare the draft changes to the regulations released by US DOT on June 9, 2006 and the final version released last month. This table will allow those involved in the development of RTPs and Regional Transportation Improvement Programs (RTIPs) to see where the changes took place between the draft regulations and the final regulations
- Resource Agency List - The new SAFETEA-LU requirements included consultation with resource agencies in the development of the RTPs. We have assembled a list of possible contacts in the attached spreadsheet for your use.
- SAFETEA-LU Statewide and Metropolitan Planning Regulations & RTP Guideline Information - On February 14, 2007, the US DOT issued the final rule revising the regulations governing the development of Metropolitan Transportation Plans (MTP or RTP in CA) prepared by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and the statewide transportation plan (CTP) prepared by Caltrans. These revised regulations were prepared as a result of the passage of SAFETEA-LU.
Garth Hopkins is the Office Chief for the Office of Regional and Interagency Planning.