California Department of Transportation

Transportation Planning and Local Assistance

About Planning

Transportation Planning articulates a long-term systematic vision thoughtfully designed to improve mobility throughout the District, while remaining sensitive to the local context of community and cultural values. The Division supports project selection and delivery as well as system operations.

Staff collects and presents data, analyzes alternatives, and creates comprehensive, multi-modal plans. These plans maximize state-of-the-art technological advancements to identify and initiate future - and protect existing - State transportation investments. Staff expresses these plans and concepts to Department managers, decision-makers and the public.

The Division is a leader in the transportation field, emphasizing transparent partnerships and openness within and beyond the Department. It is also a bridge between its external partners and internal operational organizations.

District 5 Local Assistance provides services to local agencies in Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz Counties. With a staff of nine, the District's Local Assistance branch works in partnership with the Regional Transportation Agencies (RTPA's) for each county and serves as the primary point of contact for local agencies; helping them with their federal or state funded projects from project implementation to project completion.



Transportation Planning and Local Assistance
Aileen Loe, Deputy District Director
(805) 549-3161

Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties
Orchid Monroy-Ochoa (Acting Branch Chief)
(805) 549-3246

San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
Hana Mengsteab, (Acting Branch Chief)
(805) 549-3130

Advance Planning and Forecasting Branch Chief
Garin Schneider, Senior Transportation Engineer
(805) 549-3640

Local Assistance
Heidi Borders, District Local Assistance Engineer
(805) 542-4690

Environmental Stewardship
Randy LaVack, Environmental Stewardship Branch Chief
(805) 549-3182

Information by County


San Benito

San Luis Obispo

Santa Barbara

Santa Cruz


Planning Programs

Advance Planning

Community Planning

Environmental Justice

Environmental Stewardship

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Freight Planning

Intergovernmental and Local Development Review

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

Local Assistance

Multi-modal Transportation

Native American

Park and Ride

Regional Planning

System Planning

Travel Modeling and Forecasting

Transportation Planning Grants Program

Last updated: March 14, 2017