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.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $108000
    • Contract Numbers:

      65A0660

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      California Department of Transportation

      1227 O Street
      Sacramento, CA  United States  95843
    • Managing Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility

      San Jose State University
      San Jose, CA  United States  95112
    • Principal Investigators:

      Wei, Wenbin

    • Start Date: 20210401
    • Expected Completion Date: 20220630
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01769495
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility
    • Contract Numbers: 65A0660
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Apr 15 2021 4:24PM