Evaluation, Comparison and Improvement Recommendations for Caltrans Financial Programming Processes and Tools

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Division of Financial Programming (“the Division”) is broadly responsible for the programming of State and Federal funds for surface transportation projects in California. It defines its work, “Financial Programming”, as “the commitment of transportation funds to be available over a period of several years to particular projects.” The Division uses long-established processes to carry out its work. Many of processes are performed as workflow in a tool known as the California Transportation Improvement Program System (CTIPS). This research will evaluate Caltrans' CTIPS processes and the risks associated with those processes, compare them with currently recognized best practices as well as with the processes and tools used in the other forty-nine United States, and identify opportunities for improvement. It is expected that this research will lead to recommendations for changes in processes and tools that might decrease its risks and improve its ability to serve its customers in the CTC, MPOs, RTPAs, FHWA, Caltrans divisions and districts, and the public. The needs and tasks for this project include: 1) Identifying the risks associated with the current financial programming processes and tools; 2) Identifying opportunities for improvements to the financial programming processes and tools; 3) Comparing the processes in California with currently recognized best practices as well as with the processes and tools used in the other forty-nine United States; 4) Making recommendations for the improvement of the financial programing processes and tools.

University: 

Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility
San José State University

Principal Investigator: 

Wenbin Wei

PI Contact Information: 

Mineta Transportation Institute
San José State University
210 N. 4th St., 4th Floor
San José, CA 95112

wenbin.wei@sjsu.edu

Funding Source(s) and Amounts Provided (by each agency or organization): 

California Department of Transportation - $108,000.00

Total Project Cost: 

$108,000.00

Agency ID or Contract Number: 

65A0660

Dates: 

April 2021 to June 2022

Impacts/Benefits of Implementation: 

The final research project report will provide a set of recommendations for changes in the Division’s financial programming processes and tools that might decrease its risks and improve its ability to serve its customers in the CTC, MPOs, RTPAs, FHWA, Caltrans divisions and districts, and the public.

Project Number: 

2058