Transportation for economic development

This report presents a method for directing some of the transportation investments of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to the worst pockets of poverty and joblessness in the state. The methodology is intended to aid Caltrans in playing a role in each poverty-stricken area's own efforts for creating jobs and relieving economic hardships. The report describes 10 areas where specific transportation improvements, coupled to other economic development initiatives, will help attract new business and create more secure employment. Focus is on selecting areas that will be most capable of leveraging a targeted transportation improvement. The study notes that the conventional criteria currently being used by Caltrans and many regions to program transportation money allows impoverished communities little if any access to state transportation funding. Supplemental criteria is thus evaluated which would expand conventional transportation programming practice by using the potential for transportation to catalyze economic development as a programming criterion. The report demonstrates for each of the 10 projects why the proposed transportation investment is critical to the community's economic develop efforts and how it will lead to new jobs and improved prosperity. This measure of effectiveness is also a component of the selection methodology the study recommends as part of any future Caltrans Transportation for Economic Development (T4ED) program.

  • Corporate Authors:

    California. Dept. of Transportation Office of Transportation Economics

    ,   United States 

    California Department of Transportation

    Division of Transportation Planning
    PO Box 942874, MS #32
    Sacramento, California  United States  94274-0001

    Cambridge Systematics, Incorporated

    555 12th Street, Suite 1600
    Oakland, CA  United States  94607-3616

    Hausrath Economics Group

    ,   United States 

    System Metrics Group, Incorporated

    244 California Street, Suite 607
    San Francisco, CA  United States  94111

    Cambridge Systematics, Incorporated

    100 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 400
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02140
  • Publication Date: 2003-6


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 1 v. (various pagings)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01005229
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: CALTRANS
  • Created Date: Oct 13 2005 1:08PM