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  Erosion Control -- Caltrans Develops Large Team of Erosion Control Experts
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is committed to implementing stormwater management practices to reduce pollutants in highway runoff as required by applicable legislation and regulations.
Caltrans' overall strategy for complying with its proposed statewide National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permit and its corresponding Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP) depends on continuous improvement and refinement of its stormwater management program.
Caltrans personnel steering the program development are IECA members from Headquarters, all under the direction of Steve Borroum, environmental engineering office chief.
www.forester.net /ec_9909_caltrans.html   (737 words)

 Red tape forces out top Caltrans workers
Caltrans values the engineers, wants to hire them permanently and says it is a colossal waste of money to let veteran professionals go after investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in training and costs to process their temporary visas.
Caltrans is the United States' largest state transportation department, with about 8,500 engineers, but it is short 500 engineers even before a predicted expansion of projects in the future.
Caltrans has concluded that if it were to begin that screening process, it would be forced to hire any minimally qualified U.S. applicant who had passed a California state exam and was listed on a state civil service list.
www.programmersguild.org /docs/h1b_caltrans_sept2006.html   (1678 words)

 AP Wire | 10/15/2006 | Report: Caltrans bought many properties, then let them decay
Caltrans currently owns more than 12,000 acres of land and is landlord to 1,300 homes and businesses where people still live and work, the Orange County Register reported, citing Caltrans and other state and court documents.
Neglected buildings on Caltrans land have cost counties at least $78 million and as much as $297 million in lost revenue because they are off the property tax rolls, the Register estimated.
When Caltrans has sold off unused land, nearly half the time it was sold at a loss, with the average being 60 percent less than the state paid for it, the Register said.
www.mercurynews.com /mld/mercurynews/news/breaking_news/15768234.htm   (702 words)

 Article - News - Caltrans: Dodging reform
Caltrans held onto the unused land with a strong, defiant embrace, while ignoring and neglecting properties.
Caltrans continues to buy unneeded land, takes poor care of stockpiled properties, fails to properly track land holdings, resists the sale of unused land, and loses money when the land is sold.
Caltrans should keep complete records on future repairs and develop a system to make sure contractors have done work before they are paid.
www.ocregister.com /ocregister/news/state/article_1314012.php   (1126 words)

 Storm Water NPDES Permit/ Caltrans
Caltrans is required to rewrite the SWMP in a manner that is consistent with the definitions in the regulations.
Caltrans uses terms such as these to determine the scope of the program, with the understanding that Caltrans is responsible for discharges at all times during the year, and that if implementation of the program using these terms leads to discharge of pollutants, the terms will have to be redefined.
Caltrans is expected to comply with lawful requirements of municipalities, counties, drainage districts, and other local and or regional agencies regarding discharges of storm water to separate storm sewer systems or other watercourses under the jurisdiction of the local and or regional agencies.
www.swrcb.ca.gov /resdec/wqorders/1999/wqo99-06.html   (14032 words)

 Caltrans Article: Summer 2003 infoCycling
Caltrans professionals either work in headquarters or in one of their 12 district offices, 13 laboratories, or 304 maintenance stations throughout California.
Caltrans is another example of a department that is a good steward of resources and one that recognizes the importance of forming partnerships with local communities.
Caltrans is able to accomplish so much because it is an agency that thinks outside of the box when it comes to recycling, reducing, and reusing.
www.ciwmb.ca.gov /LGLibrary/infoCycling/2003/Summer/CalTrans.htm   (786 words)

 cbs5.com - Caltrans At Fault In Bridge Worker's Deadly Fall?
But his wife is now claiming in court that Caltrans was responsible, calling their actions were "serious and willful," and CBS 5 Investigates' own investigation suggests she may be right.
Calloway's employer, Caltrans, called Calloway's death accidental, and since he wasn't wearing a safety harness on that day, some might have thought the accident was Calloway's fault.
Caltrans not only refused to discuss Calloway's case with CBS 5, but any safety improvements on the bridge as well.
cbs5.com /investigates/local_story_097015424.html   (558 words)

 Caltrans Pavement Rehabilitation Using Rubberized Asphalt Concrete   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Caltrans is working with industry via a permanent standing committee to improve and refine the RAC specifications.
Caltrans experience has shown that RAC overlays are cost effective when used in reduced thicknesses (when compared to conventional DGAC).
Caltrans has used RAC mixes in many parts of the state and in different climate regions.
www.rubberpavements.org /newsletter/May97/caltrans.html   (2155 words)

 ACTION ALERT: Caltrans Highway Project Threatens Mono Lake!
In 1992 local residents suggested to Caltrans that scenic turnouts, shoulder space for bicycles, and an improved turnoff at Old Marina would be useful improvements to this stretch of highway.
Caltrans plans to finalize the Draft EIR in June and to submit it to the Federal Highways Administration in July.
Caltrans should use this project to demonstrate the new approach embodied in the agency’s Context Sensitive Solutions policy.
www.monolake.org /caltrans/actionalert.htm   (960 words)

 Caltrans Tenants Association News
Caltrans’ formal position is that they support exploration of the tunnel, but remain firmly committed to the “Depressed Meridian Variation,” as approved by the federal government in 1998.
The grounds: Caltrans was not pursuing the spur as vigorously as it should be, and was floating less ambitious plans, such as a truncated extension between Valley Boulevard and Huntington Drive.
As the Weekly has reported, Caltrans rentals have tumbled into a state of perpetual neglect that has triggered audits, lawsuits, health code violations, a rent-increase controversy, bizarre crimes and cries of Caltrans being a state slumlord.
www.caltranstenants.com /tunnel.html   (2758 words)

 Caltrans is losing foreign engineers over green cards | The San Diego Union-Tribune
Dozens of foreign engineers during the last decade have left Caltrans because their temporary work visas were going to expire, according to the union that represents Caltrans engineers.
Caltrans values the engineers, wants to hire them permanently and says it's a colossal waste of money to let veteran professionals go after investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in training and costs to process their temporary visas.
Caltrans is the nation's largest state transportation department, with about 8,500 engineers, but it is currently short 500 engineers, even before an expected expansion of projects.
www.signonsandiego.com /uniontrib/20060910/news_1n10caltrans.html   (613 words)

 Caltrans and Recycled Transportation Products
Caltrans just completed a Special Provision (SP) on the wet process, based on information from the 1996 construction season, and is making modifications for an SSP which they hope to finish early 1997.
Caltrans is seeking a substitute for creosote-treated wood timbers and pilings in aquatic fender applications, and is interested in using reinforced recycled plastic (RRP) or composites of plastic (CP) and concrete polymer in these applications.
Caltrans and CIWMB signed an Interagency Agreement in June 1996 for a demonstration project of rice straw bales in sound walls.
www.ciwmb.ca.gov /ConDemo/Roads/CalTrans.htm   (2134 words)

 How Proposition 90 Would Stop Caltrans from Spreading Blight
During the 1950s, '60s, and early '70s, Caltrans used its eminent domain power to purchase thousands of homes from owners throughout the state who lived in the path of proposed highways.
While Caltrans planned on constructing close to 70,000 miles of highway in California, budget constraints, local court battles, bureaucratic red tape, and stiff environmental laws reduced the number of miles to just 45,000.
Fortunately, future victims of Caltrans' eminent domain miscalculations may be able to repurchase their homes if future highways fail to materialize - that is if voters approve Proposition 90 on November 7.
www.pacificresearch.org /pub/cap/2006/cap_06-10-18.html   (758 words)

 96-14: Caltrans Master Research Agree. 65Y350
Caltrans shall reimburse UC for noncancelable obligations and costs incurred for purposes indicated in the proposal up to thirty (30) days from the date of the official termination notice.
Caltrans shall reimburse UC for noncancelable obligations and costs incurred for the purposes of closing-out the project and preparing the final/termination report.
The decision of Caltrans shall be final and conclusive unless, within 30 days from the receipt of such copy, UC mails or otherwise furnishes Caltrans with a written appeal addressed to the Director of Caltrans.
www.ucop.edu /raohome/cgmemos/96-14.html   (9166 words)

CalTrans' Rail Division, in a partnership with Amtrak, has expanded California's rail transportation network dramatically, adding several new trains to the San Diegan and San Joaquin corridors and initiating the very popular Capitols between San Jose and Sacramento.
Once out of the commuter rail business, Caltrans began focusing on building a state-wide intercity rail service to meet the needs of a growing rail passenger market and to begin an aggressive campaign to convince more Californians to leave the convenience of their cars for the convenience and comfort of an Amtrak coach.
CalTrans purchased its first railroad passenger equipment in 1985 and 1986 when it funded the 20 EMD F40PH-2 locomotives and 60 bilevel commuter coaches used in Bay Area CalTrain service.
www5.pair.com /rattenne/caltrans/calt.htm   (1205 words)

 California Department of Transportation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is a government agency in the U.S. state of California.
Caltrans does more than manage the State highway system; it is also actively involved with public transportation systems in California.
The earliest predecessor of Caltrans was the Bureau of Highways, which was created by the California Legislature in 1895.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Caltrans   (760 words)

 Article - News - Local control of Caltrans sought
The story showed Caltrans bought homes and businesses it didn't need for dozens of highway projects that were never built.
On Sunday, the Business, Transportation abd Housing Agency, which oversees Caltrans, released a statement saying the department is "working hard" to correct problems and that a lot of progress has been made over the past three years.
Caltrans Director Will Kempton was not available for comment Sunday but has already announced a number of reform efforts.
www.ocregister.com /ocregister/homepage/abox/article_1314004.php   (678 words)

 Caltrans pushes skyway design Oakland Tribune - Find Articles
Caltrans has not detailed to the satisfaction of some lawmakers how estimated savings have grown since January by as much as $200 million.
In January, as Caltrans was preparing for three blistering legislative hearings on the bridge, Kempton and his lieutenants sought three separate industry letters that supported the skyway design.
A Caltrans document obtained under public records laws shows that Caltrans paid Parsons $406,000 and HNTB $683,000 in consulting contracts on the eastern span of the Bay Bridge.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_qn4176/is_20050614/ai_n15837547   (882 words)

 Caltrans - FileMaker
Each Caltrans project — whether the addition of a bike lane or the seismic retrofitting of a bridge — passes through hundreds of hands between concept and completion.
Caltrans' North Region, which encompasses twenty-two counties and 4,300 centerline miles of state highways, had trouble keeping track of all its projects.
Caltrans projects are broken down into 564 different codes—the first is concept, the last is contract acceptance.
www.filemaker.com /solutions/customers/stories/209.html   (1268 words)

 Caltrans receives two Bay Bridge bids
Caltrans received two bids this afternoon to build the 1,860-foot-long single-tower suspension bridge that will complete the connection from the East Bay to Yerba Buena Island.
In May 2004, the project was derailed for nearly two years after Caltrans received just one bid to build the suspension span, designed to connect 1.4 miles of twin concrete viaducts, now under construction, with Yerba Buena Island and to serve as the bay's newest architectural landmark.
Caltrans, at the behest of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, eventually rejected the bid, reigniting the political feud over the span.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/03/22/MNGKPHSBMI4.DTL   (683 words)

 RVision - News Page
The announcement last month that the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is putting wireless technology on several San Francisco bridges and tunnels for video surveillance may be just the beginning of a nationwide trend for such security measures.
In partnership with several contractors, Caltrans is installing a multimillion-dollar state-of-the-art wireless electronic surveillance system to enhance security.
Until the Caltrans installation, most wireless applications were used on government and military bases for perimeter surveillance.
www.drayvision.com /news/creleases02.asp   (320 words)

 TRANSPORTATION / Caltrans drops race element in federally funded contracts / Agency says ruling by appeals court ...
Caltrans announced this week that it will no longer use race as a factor in awarding federally funded contracts, a change that affirmative action critics have praised while minority groups are vowing to fight the move that they say will harm thousands of California businesses.
Caltrans has a goal of giving 10.5 percent of its federal contracting dollars to disadvantaged businesses.
Caltrans' decision is prompting local development agencies to re-evaluate their outreach programs, said Daniel Woldesenbet, acting director of Alameda County's public works agency.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/05/05/BAGJCILHA31.DTL   (824 words)

 Caltrans Tenants Organization - Route 238 Hayward & Castro Valley   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The Caltrans Tenants Organization was formed in late Spring of 1981.
This stimulated over one hundred phone calls to the Tenants Organization from Caltrans Tenants who were having serious problems with Bully Right of Way Agents and the poor condition of their housing.
When Caltrans declares the Route 238 property surplus it may require relocation of aproxamately 1000 people living in 219 single-family residences 17 duplexes, 5 condominiums and 22 multi-family residences of affordable housing.
www.thesteward.net /caltranstenants   (774 words)

 Departments: Department of Transportation (Caltrans) - Business, Transportation and Housing Agency
The state Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is responsible for planning, designing, building, operating and maintaining California's $300 billion, 50,000-lane-mile state road system.
Since 1963, the population of the state has doubled from 17.5 million to 36.5 million, while the number of miles driven in California quadrupled from 83 billion to 335 billion in 2004.
"Caltrans also is dedicated to working with stakeholders at all levels to ensure California motorists are offered the mobility choices they require to meet their daily transportation needs."
www.bth.ca.gov /depts/caltrans.asp   (370 words)

 Cool Solutions: Caltrans Takes the eDirectory Route
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is among the largest transportation engineering organizations in the nation with over 22,000 employees.
Caltrans strives to be the highest performing transportation agency in the world.
Caltrans uses the human resources system to input labor hours.
www.novell.com /coolsolutions/feature/5929.html   (562 words)

 Audit Criticizes Caltrans Over Bay Bridge Costs - News
Further, Caltrans' cost update for its August 2004 report to state legislators was its first program-wide update of cost estimates since April 2001, Howle said.
And as early as 2003, when Caltrans reported the retrofit program's status to the Federal Highway Administration, "it should have known that the program would experience large cost overruns," she said.
Howle recommended that Caltrans establish a comprehensive risk-management plan that clearly defines roles and responsibilities, quantify the effect of identified risks in financial terms, regularly update its estimates of capital and support costs and submit quarterly reports to the state Legislature.
www.kcra.com /news/4017880/detail.html   (264 words)

 cbs5.com - Unlocking Caltrans Spending Secrets   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
You may know Caltrans as the agency behind Bay Bridge Construction, a project once predicted to cost $1.4 billion that now carries a price tag of $5 billion and counting.
Unlike other government agencies, who have quickly offered up the information, all Caltrans gave us was a letter saying that they were “unable to comply” with our public record request.
The response was not a complete surprise to State Senator Tom Torlakson, who is having his own problems with Caltrans as chair of the state’s Housing and Transportation Committee.
wcbstv.com /kpix/investigates/local_story_062155357.html   (343 words)

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