Caltrans Funding and Organizational Structure

FUNDING
This 2008 document appears to be the most current description available of how transportation gets funded in California.  Caltrans claims that the Niles Canyon Widening projects are entirely funded by State Highway Operation and Protection Plan (SHOPP) funds

ORGANIZATION
Here is an organizational chart of California’s Executive Branch.  Caltrans is part of the state cabinet-level California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which will be headed by a political appointee after he or she undergoes Senate Confirmation (here’s a list of positions that Governor Brown still needs to fill).  At present, the BTHA is now headed by Acting Undersecretary Traci Stevens, who is presumably a career bureaucrat (previously, the department was headed by Dale E. Bonner).  Here is Caltrans’ Organizational Chart which is headed by Cindy McKim (Bijan Sartipi is in the far left-hand column).

Other than the Executive Branch and Caltrans, the other decision-makers are:

  • The Caltrans Transportation Commission.  “The Commission is responsible for the programming and allocating of funds for the construction of highway, passenger rail and transit improvements throughout California“.  Several members of the CTC have terms that recently expired.
  • The Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission.  The MTC “is the transportation planning, coordinating and financing agencyboard for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. The Commission’s work is guided by a 19-member policy. Fourteen commissioners are appointed directly by local elected officials (each of the five most populous counties has two representatives, with the board of supervisors selecting one representative, and the mayors of the cities within that county appointing another; the four remaining counties appoint one commissioner to represent both the cities and the board of supervisors). In addition, two members represent regional agencies — the Association of Bay Area Governments and theBay Conservation and Development Commission. Finally, three nonvoting members have been appointed to represent federal and state transportation agencies and the federal housing department.“  Here is a link to the various MTC committees, who is on them, and what they are responsible for.
  • Cities and Counties.  In our case, the Alameda County Transportation Commission specifically mentioned widening SR-84 as a proposed project in its January 6, 2011Community Advisory Working Group Meeting Agenda (see p. 23).  The ACTC’s function is to “plan, fund and deliver a broad range of transportation projects and programs to enhance mobility throughout Alameda County.”

 

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