Travel is evolving, fast.
California is one of the leading economies in the world and home to many of the private sector’s new mobility innovators as well as the largest and most complex public transportation system in the United States. Today, residents and visitors face a disconnected public transport network that is often difficult to use, costly to operate and suffers from declining ridership. To address these inconsistencies, the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and its partners are engaged in an initiative to facilitate a process for statewide trip planning and payment. The California Integrated Travel Project (Cal-ITP) is dedicated to making travel simpler and most cost-effective for all.
The challenges to successfully executing a program of this magnitude are substantial, as evidenced by similar programs in European and Asia Pacific regions, but so are the consequences of inaction in this rapidly shifting mobility environment. It requires collaboration and collective problem solving at all levels of state and local government; with public and private operators; academia and think tanks; and with vendors of appropriate technologies. The dialogue has already begun to inform the best political and technical approaches for California to realize the full social and economic potential of integrated travel in the state, and to create a more resilient, sustainable and connected California.