CalTrans crews need to get to work on overhauling their own department.
A new external review finds CalTrans is in need of some modernization. While it was great at building freeways a few decades ago, that time has now passed.
"Californian's really are looking for more things. They're looking for more transportation choices, they're looking for easier ways to get around," State Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly said.
He said outside experts have told him the department is neglecting local-decision making and could be using land more efficiently. He says he's ready to make changes.
"You know, it's going to take commitment and will," Kelly said.
A team of experts from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and North Carolina has told him CalTrans was great at building highways over the last few decades but has since been ignoring other transportation options -- it doesn't integrate trains, buses, or bikes into large projects.