Caltrans Smart Mobility Framework Implementation Study

KAI is leading a project to develop strategies and methodologies for integrating Smart Mobility principles, concepts, and performance measures into the work of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The Smart Mobility Framework (SMF), as laid out in the document "Smart Mobility 2010: A Call to Action for the New Decade", was completed under the leadership of Caltrans in February 2010. The Framework is a response to a number of State mandates to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, as well as to enhance California’s environment, economy, and equity (the 3 E’s). It includes an Action Plan for integrating the new principles, practices, and tools into Caltrans policies and practice, as well as into the efforts of all transportation partners.

The purpose of this project is to develop and test approaches for implementing the SMF in two separate transportation planning efforts:

1) Integrating SMF into a second generation Corridor System Management Plan (CSMP), a Caltrans system planning document).
2) Applying SMF principles and performance measures to assess potential future projects for a sub-regional long-range transportation plan compared to conventional performance measures.

KAI will develop, test, evaluate, and document the process, methodologies, and results of applying the Smart Mobility Framework in the two planning efforts. Final products will present best practices, performance measures, and a replicable process for incorporating Smart Mobility into comparable efforts throughout the Department and partner agencies’ work.