California Department of Transportation

Public Participation Plan for the CTP and FSTIP


On June 7, 2013, Caltrans updated its Public Participation Plan for involving the public in statewide planning and programming. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) affirms the emphasis on providing early and continuous opportunities for public comment.  The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) enacted in 2005, required the State to develop a Public Participation Plan (PPP) for the long-range transportation plan and the State’s list of transportation projects.  Senate Bill 391 adds new requirements to meet California’s climate change goals under Assembly Bill 32. Senate Bill 391 requires the California Transportation Plan (CTP) to identify the “statewide, integrated, multimodal transportation system" needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from current levels by 2020, and 80 percent below the 1990 levels by 2050.

These documents, the California Transportation Plan (CTP) and the Federal Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (FSTIP) respectively, are two major products of the statewide transportation planning and programming process that result in transportation projects and services.

Key elements of these regulations require the State to develop a process that: 1) provides public input into the development of the PPP, 2) ensures that the process provides full and open access to all interested parties, and 3) revises the process based on public input, as appropriate.

Public Involved

Using the June 2008 Public Participation Plan as a baseline, we updated a draft PPP. This document was made available on this web page and distributed by electronic mail to stakeholders for review and comment from May 22 through June 7, 2013.

We’d like to thank all of you who provided feedback on the draft PPP by  submitting written comments. Your comments have been incorporated into the final published document.

Staying Involved

Caltrans will periodically review and update this Public Participation Plan. Please check back for plan updates or to get involved in future public involvement activities, including those related to the development of the next CTP – the CTP 2040—and the FSTIP.