Mission Statement and Responsibilities
"The California Transportation Commission is an independent public agency dedicated to ensuring a safe, financially sustainable, world-class multimodal transportation system that reduces congestion, improves the environment, and facilitates economic development through the efficient movement of people and goods."
The California Transportation Commission consists of eleven voting members and two non-voting ex-officio members. Of the eleven voting members, nine are appointed by the Governor, one is appointed by the Senate Rules Committee, and one is appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly. The two ex-officio non-voting members are appointed from the State Senate and Assembly, usually the respective chairs of the transportation policy committee in each house.
The Commission is responsible for the programming and allocating of funds for the construction of highway, passenger rail and transit improvements throughout California. The Commission, also advises and assists the Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency and the Legislature in formulating and evaluating state policies and plans for California’s transportation programs. The Commission is also an active participant in the initiation and development of State and Federal legislation that seeks to secure financial stability for the State's transportation needs.
The Commission is primarily responsible for the following activities:
- Advising and assisting the California State Transportation Agency (Transportation Agency) Secretary and the Legislature in formulating and evaluating state policies and plans for state transportation programs.
- Adopting the biennial five-year Fund Estimate of state and federal funds expected to be available for the State Transportation Improvement Program and State Highway Operation and Protection Program.
- Adopting the biennial five-year State Transportation Improvement Program.
- Approving the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)-prepared Transportation Asset Management Plan and adopting performance measures and targets to guide the selection of projects for the State Highway Operation and Protection Program.
- Adopting the biennial four-year State Highway Operation and Protection Program.
- Approving amendments to the State Highway Operation and Protection Program, State Transportation Improvement Program and other programs.
- Reviewing and commenting on the Ten-Year State Highway Operation and Protection Program Plan and the Five-Year Maintenance Plan.
- Establishing reporting requirements related to the funding received by city and county governments from the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account.
- Adopting the Active Transportation Program.
- Allocating state funds for capital projects, consistent with the State Transportation Improvement Program, State Highway Operation and Protection Program, Active Transportation Program, Traffic Congestion Relief Program, Proposition 116 (Clean Air and Transportation Improvement Act of 1990), Proposition 1A (Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century of 2008), Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Improvement Program, and Proposition 1B (Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality and Port Security Bond Act of 2006), and other programs.
- Allocating state funds for capital grants from the Aeronautics Account and the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program Fund.
- Allocating funds for Caltrans’ support costs related to the State Highway Operation and Protection Program.
- Adopting guidelines, programming projects, allocating funds and reporting on Commission-administered SB 1 (Beall, 2017) funded programs, including but not limited to the Local Partnership Program, the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program, and the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program.
- Adopting guidelines for the California Transportation Plan and Regional Transportation Plans.
- Approving project proposals for high-occupancy toll lanes or other toll facilities.
- Approving right-of-way matters such as route adoptions, new public road connections, resolutions of necessity, relinquishments, Director’s Deeds and airspace leases.