Caltrans Smart Mobility Framework Implementation Project

The Caltrans Smart Mobility Framework Implementation Project is developing strategies and methodologies for integrating Smart Mobility principles, concepts, and performance measures in accordance with The Smart Mobility Framework (SMF), as laid out in the document Smart Mobility 2010: A Call to Action for the New Decade. This work is being conducted in 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.

Smart Mobility Framework

Caltrans developed the Smart Mobility Framework in line with its goal of moving “people and freight while enhancing California’s economic, environmental, and human resources by emphasizing convenient and safe multi-modal travel, speed suitability, accessibility, management of the circulation network, and efficient use of land.”  The Smart Mobility Framework is based on six principles:

  • Location Efficiency
  • Reliable Mobility
  • Health and Safety
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Social Equity
  • Robust Economy

The Smart Mobility Framework also uses place types for classifying towns, cities, and larger areas as the basis for making transportation investments and directing transportation planning activities. Place types are simply aggregations of characteristics like residential density, street network, and employment density in to a set of categorical types that fit a particular community like “Downtown” or “Office Campus” or “Residential Main Street.”  This study involves a high degree of coordination and participation with the MPOs, RTPAs, local and sub-regional agencies, Caltrans Headquarters (HQ), and Caltrans District planning and operations staff. The results of the study will be briefings, best practices materials and recommendations for incorporating SMF in planning practice.

A main goal is for the processes developed for this work can be broadly applied to a diverse range of and complex institutional environments, and relevant decision points.  Have questions or comments


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