OCBC’s OC Moves Committee hosted guest speaker Kome Ajise, Chief Deputy Diretor, California Department of Transportation, Thursday to discuss the latest iteration of the California Transportation Plan 2040, which is a long-range plan to meet future mobility needs and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Ajise discussed the importance the department has placed on bringing an array of stakeholders to the table to understand all the effects of the plan across the state, from housing to public health experts. Ajise presented an analysis of the complex and sophisticated policy model for evaluating vehicle miles traveled (VMT), and the series of recommendations outlined in the CTP, such as creating policies to incentivize reduction of motorists’ trips. OC Moves members expressed concerns with a number of overreaching statements within the plan including a statement claiming no new road construction going forward. Clearly this is a preposterous notion that must be removed from any workable transportation plan. Mr. Ajise agreed that the plan needs to be amended in response to the 1600 comment letters Caltrans received.

Kome Ajise also discussed the new Statewide Managed Lane Policy, stating that many of the key points in the policy were achieved as a result of lessons learned from the I-405 Improvement Project. The statewide policy includes the California Transportation Agency’s authorization of managed lane use on state highways; as well as the need for flexible, local managed lane agreements that suit Caltrans districts and regional transportation agencies. OCBC encourages an Orange County-wide managed lane policy to address regional mobility needs. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.

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