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The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in partnership with the Institute of Transportation Studies
at University of California, Berkeley present the:
2017 California Transportation Planning Conference, Partnering for Sustainable Transportation:
Meeting the Challenge Now and Into the Future.

Click here to visit the conference website and register. 

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Chris Schmidt

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
Chief, Division of Transportation Planning

Chris Schmidt became the Division Chief of Transportation Planning in February 2017 overseeing over three hundred traditional planning positions and a budget of $200 million.  He previously worked in District 11, San Diego, Planning Division since 2000.  As Chief of Multi-modal Transportation Planning he oversaw SANDAG’s overall work program, transit capital and transportation planning grants, community and environmental justice planning grants, regional park & rides, bicycle/pedestrian planning program and special studies.  Most recently he was assigned as the Caltrans Project Manager for the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan adopted in July 2016.


He has also served as the Acting Deputy District Director for Planning overseeing a team of forty staff that focus on regional, system, intergovernmental, multi-modal and cross-border transportation planning.  Prior, he was Executive Liaison to the District 11 Director where he published The Mile Marker 11.0 performance report. 


As the multi-modal transportation planning lead, he been involved in multiple special studies focused on rail, transit, highway and bicycle transportation.  Emphasis areas have included complete streets, value pricing, airport ground access, high-speed rail, freeway cap parks and transportation sustainability.   


He is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and holds a Master of Planning degree from the University of Virginia and Master of Health Science degree from Ball State University.  He has also been a research team panel member for the National Academy of Sciences, Transportation Research Board’s National Highway Cooperative Research Program for studies related to highway pricing, modeling bicycle/pedestrian activity and environmental justice.