GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNS SB 99 ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION BILL
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. recently signed SB 99 to create the Active Transportation Program--which distributes funding for human-powered transportation projects and programs. Having new active transportation options--including new and safer trails and pedestrian routes--helps the entire state achieve greenhouse gas reduction goals while enhancing the public health and safety. This new transportation program is the nation's largest state commitment to bicycling, walking and other active transportation.
The new program replaces the current patchwork of small grant programs with a comprehensive program that improves program planning and flexibility and is more efficient than multiple programs. Another benefit is that funds can be directed to multi-year projects to make greater long-term improvements to active transportation.
Under the new legislation, the California Transportation Commission will develop guidelines and project selection criteria based on the goals of the program by convening a working group of stakeholders to develop guidelines. Forty percent of the funding will go toward metropolitan planning organizations in urban areas. Ten percent of the funds go to small urban and rural regions. The remaining funds will go to the California Transportation Commission for statewide projects.
For more information on SB 99 visit leginfo.ca.gov. Each year, Caltrans also prepares an annual report summarizing programs it has undertaken for the development of non-motorized transportation facilities. For more information on these programs see the 2011-12 Caltrans Report.
PROPOSED TRIBAL POLICY
The California State Transportation Agency is committed to implementing a consultation policy leading to meaningful dialogue with Tribes on a government-to-government basis.
CalSTA is seeking comments and feedback on its proposed Tribal Consultation Policy. The Policy was developed to comply with Governor Brown's Executive Order B-10-11 which directed state agencies to develop a plan to strengthen and sustain effective relationships between the state and Tribes.
This notice provides a way for interested parties to comment on proposed policy by December 20, 2013.
People may comment by electronic or postal mail before the comment due date. The notice content is, in effect, a draft. It does not represent the final policy.
Send comments to:
California State Transportation Agency
915 Capitol Mall Suite 350 B
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 323-5400
Fax: (916) 323-5440
Email: contact.us @ CalSTA.ca.gov
Get prepared during national preparedness month
September is National Preparedness Month, an opportunity for Americans to get better prepared for emergencies in their homes, business, and communities. The California Transportation Agency is urging motorist across California to take simple steps during National Preparedness Month to be better prepared for roadside emergencies. Motorists involved in a roadside emergency should always take extra safety precautions including: pulling to the shoulder to reduce danger, activating hazard lights, and calling for roadside assistance or dialing 9-1-1 in an emergency. If exiting the vehicle during a roadside emergency always stay as far away as possible from oncoming traffic.
Having a roadside emergency supply kit in every vehicle is another simple way for motorists to be more prepared for emergencies or when stranded in a vehicle until help arrives. Motorists can purchase roadside emergency kits at many retailers or create their own kit. The Office of Traffic Safety also has a useful list of supplies that motorists should keep in their vehicles to be more prepared for the next roadside emergency.
For further information on National Preparedness Month, including a list of public events, visit the Governor's Office of Emergency Services.
California Launches New State Transportation Agency
The new California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) opened its doors today for the first time, carrying out the Governor's government reorganization plan, which included replacing the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency (BTH) with a new state agency focused solely on transportation.
"The size and complexity of the state's transportation system, combined with the important policy challenges now facing this state, demand cabinet-level attention and focus," said Secretary Brian Kelly while testifying before the Little Hoover Commission in 2012 about the purpose of the new agency. "The mission of the California State Transportation Agency is to develop and coordinate the policies and programs of the state's transportation entities to achieve the state's mobility, safety and air quality objectives from its transportation system," Kelly added.
As a result of these changes, CalSTA now consists of departments, boards and offices each with a focus on the safety and mobility of California's traveling public. The following transportation-related entities now fall under CalSTA:
- Board of Pilot Commissioners
- California Highway Patrol
- California Transportation Commission
- Department of Transportation
- Department of Motor Vehicles
- High-Speed Rail Authority
- New Motor Vehicle Board
- Office of Traffic Safety
The new California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) office is now located at 915 Capitol Mall, Suite 350B, Sacramento, California 95814. For more information visit the Agency's new website at www.calsta.ca.gov or follow on Twitter at @ca_trans_agency.
GOVERNOR BROWN'S REORGANIZATION PLAN
The most comprehensive overhaul of state government in decades became official following legislative approval of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s Reorganization Plan. The Governor’s plan, which will be implemented over the next year, cuts the number of state agencies from 12 to 10 and eliminates or consolidates dozens of departments and entities.
- Governor's Letter and Summary To the Little Hoover Commission 3-30-2012 (pdf)
- Governor Brown's Government Reorganization Plan No. 2 (pdf)
- Little Hoover Commission Review of Government Reorganization Plan No. 2 (pdf)
- Governor Brown's Government Reorganization Plan Becomes Law
Agency Convenes California transportation infrastructure priorities workgroup
Acting Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, Brian Kelly, has announced the formation of the California Transportation Infrastructure Priorities Workgroup (Workgroup), which will help set priorities for transportation spending and explore long-term funding options to deliver California’s infrastructure needs.
This year's budget directs the new Transportation Agency to work with stakeholders to develop transportation funding priorities and explore long-term funding options. The Business, Transportation and Housing Agency—which becomes the new Transportation Agency on July 1, 2013—convened this Workgroup to carry out that directive by refining the broader transportation infrastructure needs assessment developed by the California Transportation Commission.
The members of this Workgroup will work with the new Transportation Agency to identify critical transportation infrastructure needs in California and investigate funding options for meeting those needs. This effort will also be informed by the work of the California Freight Advisory Committee, a group announced yesterday, which is developing plans for freight-related transportation investments in California. The Workgroup will explore long-term, pay-as-you-go funding options and evaluate high-priority investments. The Workgroup will develop a set of recommendations for consideration later this year.
The workgroup membership is located here
Business, Transportation and Housing Agency Announces California Freight Advisory Committee
Acting Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, Brian Kelly, today announced the membership of the California Freight Advisory Committee (Committee), which will help determine the state's plans for freight-related transportation investments in California.
The Business, Transportation and Housing Agency--which becomes the new Transportation Agency on July 1, 2013--formed the Committee in response to the federal Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), legislation that encourages each state to establish a State Freight Advisory Committee and develop a comprehensive State Freight Plan. The committee will advise Caltrans, which is in the process of updating the State Freight Plan.
A large part of California’s economy and millions of jobs depend on freight-related systems and industries. Competition for this economic sector exists at local, national and international level. Recognizing these facts, this statewide advisory body is taking action to guide California’s freight policies and priorities.
The membership of the Committee is here
Acting Secretary Kelly Presentation to the Strategic Growth Council on November 7, 2012
- Challenges, Progress and Opportunities for Increasing Sustainability in California’s Transportation Sector (pdf)
Governor Brown Backs High Speed Rail
On July 18, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed into law Senate Bill 1029, which creates thousands of new jobs by modernizing California’s existing transit systems and linking them to the nation’s first high-speed rail system. SB 1029 invests $4.7 billion in state bonds funds that will be matched by an additional $7.9 billion in federal and local dollars for statewide improvements to transportation in California. The California High Speed Rail Authority is currently an independent entity, but next year it joins with Caltrans, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the California Highway Patrol, the California Transportation Commission, the Board of Pilot Commissioners and the Office of Traffic Safety in a new, stand-alone Transportation Agency.
- Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Improve California's Transportation System
- SB 1029 Invests Over $1 Billion into Northern California Transit Projects
- SB 1029 Invests Over $700 Million into Southern California Transit Projects
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