The State of California has recognized the vital importance of transportation to a strong economy, sustainable communities and clean air. In June 2013, Governor Brown launched of a single-focus cabinet office emphasizing transportation policy as part of his reorganization plan to reduce the number of state agencies, departments and entities.
The new Transportation Agency has cabinet-level attention and focus, and a mission to develop and coordinate all related programs to achieve the state’s mobility, safety and air quality objectives.
Secretary Brian Kelly has clearly stated his intention to bring walking and bicycling transportation infrastructure from the niche programs previously considered “alternative,” into the mainstream and everyday operation of the new transportation agency.
He has described the opportunity for the agency to “evaluate new flexibilities for federal funds and existing state funds that support active transportation” and to look for ways “to expand and streamline the multiple programs to accelerate projects.”
Challenges, Progress, and Opportunities for Increasing Mobility in California’s Transportation Sector, by Brian Kelly: November 2012 Presentation
The New California State Transportation Agency: calsta.ca.gov
Blog post by Shasta Builders Exchange: California Launches New State Transportation Agency
Blog post on the announcement by Transportation California: Kelly named secretary of new transportation agency
Blog post by Transform: State Legislative Update: Spotlight on the CTC
Photo from the Legislative Analysts Office. 2013-2014 Transportation Proposals