History of CalSTA
The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) opened its doors on July 1, 2013, carrying out the Governor's Government Reorganization Plan No. 2, and replacing the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency with a new state agency focused solely on transportation.
“The size and complexity of the state’s transportation system, combined with the important policy challenges now facing this state, demand cabinet-level attention and focus,” said Secretary Brian Kelly while testifying before the Little Hoover Commission in 2012 about the purpose of the new agency.
The Governor’s reorganization plan cut the number of state agencies from 12 to 10 and eliminated or consolidated dozens of departments and entities.
CalSTA now consists of departments, boards and offices each with a focus on the safety and mobility of California’s traveling public. The following transportation-related entities now fall under CalSTA:
- Board of Pilot Commissioners (BOPC)
- California Highway Patrol (CHP)
- California Transportation Commission (CTC)
- Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
- Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
- High-Speed Rail Authority (HSRA)
- New Motor Vehicle Board (NMVB)
- Office of Traffic Safety (OTS)
For more information regarding the Governor's government reorganization plan you can find a summary of the plan here. The plan in full can be found here. You can also find more information at the following links:
- Governor's Letter and Summary To the Little Hoover Commission 3-30-2012 (pdf)
- Governor Brown's Government Reorganization Plan No. 2 (pdf)
- Little Hoover Commission Review of Government Reorganization Plan No. 2 (pdf)
- Governor Brown's Government Reorganization Plan Becomes Law