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CaCTI: California City Transportation Initiative

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The California City Transportation Initiative (CaCTI), is a coalition of seven of California's largest cities dedicated to safe, sustainable, and equitable transportation outcomes.

The California City Transportation Initiative (CaCTI) was a one-year program supporting a coalition of seven of California’s largest cities dedicated to safe, sustainable, and equitable transportation outcomes.

California’s cities are the state’s engines of innovation and economic growth as well as sites of major transportation challenges and success stories.

Coordinated with help from NACTO, CaCTI cities and their State partners pressed for change within their cities and at the State level, promoting legislation and regulation that enhances urban environments and mobility throughout the Golden State.

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In 2019, California's largest cities worked to:

Make Vision Zero a reality in California.

Over 3,500 people died on California streets in 2017, the second most of any state in the country. Over one quarter of those killed (28%) were people walking and biking. Confronting this trend demands design, policy, and culture shifts in cities and the State. Each CaCTI member city, as well as NACTO, secured spots on the State Zero Traffic Fatalities task force to build support for a range of reforms, including local authority over speed-setting and use of automated enforcement. CaCTI also worked closely with CalSTA and the California Highway Patrol to collect more detailed crash data to better inform planning for transportation safety and public health.

Use high quality, standardized mobility data to manage city streets for the digital age.

Data is the foundation of 21st century transportation systems. New transportation technologies operating on city streets has resulted in a multitude of new data streams recording the use and performance of city streets. Cities must be able to leverage this data to support sustainable, accessible, and affordable mobility for all. CaCTI advocated for city control over data generated on local streets from public and private providers, in an accessible, anonymized format.

Integrate emerging mobility technology into cities’ transportation networks.

Mobility options in California’s cities are significantly different today compared to just a few years ago. New technologies such as on-demand ride-hailing, scooter share, and other mobility services increasingly make up the landscape of urban transportation. As many cities face declining transit ridership and increasing congestion, CaCTI members fought to maintain city control over new technologies operating on the public right-of-way.

Promote autonomous vehicle (AV) policies that enhance safety, sustainability, and mobility.

The introduction of AVs could result in dramatically different outcomes for street traffic safety, the labor market, the built environment, and everyday mobility. In addition to ensuring AVs follow local traffic laws and meet State safety standards, CaCTI worked towards AV policies that ensure this new technology complements existing transit infrastructure and improves first-mile-last-mile accessibility, while mitigating emissions and congestion.

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Members & Partners

City Members

Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Oakland, Long Beach

State Partners

CalSTA, Caltrans, California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR)


CaCTI is supported by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), an association of North American cities and transit agencies, 14 of which are in California.


Sindhu Bharadwaj, NACTO Policy Associate: sindhu (at)

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Vision Zero in Practice: June 28, 2019 in Sacramento

Friday, June 28, 2019 | 10:15 am – 12:00 pm | California State Capitol | Sacramento, CA

3,602 people were killed on California’s streets in 2017 alone. All these deaths were preventable.

There is a solution.

Across California, ten cities have adopted Vision Zero policies, committing to eliminate traffic fatalities by designing safer streets, educating the public on traffic safety, enforcing existing traffic laws, and implementing new life-saving policies. Experts from the California City Transportation Initiative (CaCTI) led a walking tour of street safety projects in Sacramento and to highlight what makes a Vision Zero policy work.

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Emerging Mobility Tech: Feb. 28, 2019 in Sacramento

Thursday, Feb 28, 2019 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm | California State Capitol | Sacramento, CA

Understanding the implications of new mobility technology requires hearing directly from the cities with firsthand experience managing and integrating these modes and tools. In this educational briefing, sponsored by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) in partnership with California City Transportation Initiative, experts provided an overview of emerging mobility technology, important actors, existing regulations, and how cities are innovating to make the smartest use of their increasingly in-demand curbsides, roadways, transit systems, sidewalks, bikeways, and plazas.

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