Transportation Agency Releases Strategic Plan Focused on People and Innovation

Published On: May 1, 2024

The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) released a comprehensive strategic plan for 2024-2026 last week. The plan outlines the agency’s vision, mission, core values, and strategic goals.

“Because these goals are put in place solely to serve people, they are built upon the foundation of our Core Four principles of Safety, Equity, Climate Action, and Economic Prosperity, while also reflecting our focus on Mobility and Innovation,” said Transportation Secretary Toks Omishakin in the introduction.

California is committed to fostering innovation within California’s transportation systems and services to enhance service for all Californians, says the report, which encourages healthy risk-taking and continual development of new strategies to meet evolving needs.

Key initiatives include supporting mobility innovations, expanding accessible digital services, implementing advanced data analytics and visualization tools for better decision-making, and integrating artificial intelligence to optimize the efficiency, safety, and user experience of transportation systems.

Earlier this year, the California Department of Transportation, CalSTA’s largest department, issued two Requests for Innovative Ideas (RFI2) related to generative artificial intelligence. One is related to developing solutions for roadway passenger safety, and the other is related to improving traffic patterns across state highways.

Last month, the department held its first vendor day, where it issued innovation challenges to solve six problem statements related to procurement and contracting, hiring and recruitment, safety enhancements in disadvantaged communities and multimodal travel experiences, among others. 

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