California Department of Transportation

Environmental Justice and Title VI Program

What is Environmental Justice?

Environmental Justice at the Caltrans means identifying and addressing disproportionately high and adverse effects of the agency's programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations to achieve an equitable distribution of benefits and burdens.
In effect, Caltrans is committed to ensuring that minority and low income populations do not bear the burdens of changing transportation needs.

Why is Environmental Justice Important?

Environmental Justice is important because it helps to ensure full and fair participation by potentially affected communities in every phase of the transportation decision-making process. When this is accomplished, the development, construction, operation and maintenance of transportation projects should reflect an equitable distribution of benefits and burdens.

Program Functional Responsibilities

  • Promote policies and strategies to enhance the participation of low income and minority communities in transportation decision making
  • Ensure federal and state regulation compliance
  • Title VI Reporting and Coordination

Environmental Justice Grant Program
The Environmental Justice Grant Program promotes the involvement of low-income and minority communities, and Native American tribal governments in the planning for transportation projects. Environmental Justice grants have a clear focus on transportation and community development issues to prevent or mitigate disproportionate, negative impacts while improving mobility, access, safety, and opportunities for affordable housing and economic development.

Title VI – Civil Rights Act of 1964
In coordination with the Office of Business and Economic Opportunity, the Office of Regional Planning implements federal requirements that ensure the Transportation Planning Grant Program is in compliance with Title VI - Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Documents and Publications


C. Edward Philpot, Jr., Chief
Transportation Equity Branch
Office of Regional Planning
(916) 653-8817


1120 N Street, MS-32
Sacramento, CA 95814

PO Box 942874, MS-32
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001