May 13, 2011

Planning for California's Transportation Future


Martin Tuttle, Caltrans, Deputy Director, Planning and Modal Programs


The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is enhancing the State’s transportation planning process to respond to future challenges. Similar to requirements for regional transportation plans under Senate Bill (SB) 375 (Steinberg 2008), SB 391(Liu 2009) requires the State’s long-range transportation plan to meet California’s climate change goals under Assembly Bill (AB) 32.

In response to these statutes, Caltrans is preparing a state-level transportation blueprint to articulate the State’s vision for an integrated, multimodal interregional transportation system that complements regional transportation plans and land use visions. The CIB will integrate the State’s long-range modal plans and Caltrans-sponsored programs, and build upon regional transportation plans, using the latest technology and tools to enhance our ability to plan for and manage the transportation system.

The specific requirements of SB 391 (Liu) are:
•Identify the statewide integrated multimodal transportation system
•Prepare an Interim Report to legislature, by December 31, 2012, based on SB 375 sustainable communities strategies (SCS), and
•Develop the California Transportation Plan by December 31, 2015, that identifies the integrated, multimodal system needed to achieve the maximum feasible greenhouse gas emission reductions

Biographical Sketch

Martin Tuttle was appointed as the Deputy Director of Planning and Modal  Programs for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) on June 1, 2009.   He is responsible for the  Caltrans Divisions of Local Assistance, Mass Transportation, Planning, Rail, Aeronautics, and Transportation System  Information. Deputy Tuttle has over 25 years of top transportation and innovative land use planning management experience at the  local, regional, and State levels of government.   He has made a career of working with diverse interests and  populations to deliver consensus and support for a long list of transportation and other projects in California. As the executive director of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) for six years, Deputy Tuttle  led the 22-city/6-county metropolitan planning organization in California’s fast growing Sacramento region and  launched its nationally recognized “Blueprint” transportation and land use growth plan.   SACOG received State  and national awards for its community outreach and collaborative approach in crafting the 50-year Blueprint plan  approved by the region’s local agencies.   Over 7,500 citizens directly participated in the process, which has  become a model for several other planning initiatives in the country.   Due in part to Blueprint’s success, Deputy  Tuttle was named one of the region’s 20 most influential people in the past 20 years by the Sacramento Business  Journal in 2004. Deputy Tuttle served for three years as the executive director of the Solano Transportation Authority (STA) in the San  Francisco Bay Area, where he directed major road and transit projects for the seven cities and county in Solano.    He led the joint powers agency through its innovative reorganization, organized an advocacy effort that secured over  $200 million in State and federal transportation grants, and negotiated an award-winning transit coordination and  marketing program.  The STA was honored as the State’s “Transportation Organization of the Year” by the California  Transportation Foundation in 1998. As a top staff member to Assembly Majority Leader Tom Hannigan in the California State Legislature for 13 years,  Deputy Tuttle managed innovative land-use and transportation reform legislation, including the bill establishing  the successful Capitol Corridor intercity rail service between Sacramento and San Jose. Just prior to joining Caltrans, Deputy Tuttle worked as a land planning manager for URS Corp. and, for three years,  as vice president for Sacramento-based New Faze Development, where he oversaw the company’s transit oriented  development and urban infill housing projects. A fourth generation native of California, Deputy Tuttle is a graduate of the University of California, Davis.