Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Top Questions About Caltrans Answered (As Posed by Google’s Auto-Complete)

What burning questions do people have about Caltrans? We have a pretty good sense of what the public wants to know based on decades of experience, but Google provides its own unique perspective on the mass mind, as only a search engine can. Type “Caltrans is” into the search box, and Google's auto-complete function will provide the following options reflecting the most common inquiries:

caltrans IS/EA
caltrans is the grapevine open
is caltrans hiring
is caltrans a government agency

What this tells us is that people googling information about Caltrans are often looking for project documents, info about road conditions, state jobs, or clarification about what, exactly, Caltrans is. Save your keystrokes, googlers! We’re going to enlighten you about all four auto-complete inquiries right here!

Caltrans IS/EA

IS/EA usually refers to an Initial Study/Environmental Assessment, a document that examines impacts of a proposed transportation project. You can find these on the Caltrans website here.

Caltrans is the grapevine open

We get asked about the Grapevine a LOT during winter storms, and indeed, it’s typically closed a few times every year, though not for long. The Caltrans QuickMap is a great way to check real-time road conditions and traffic. You also follow us on Twitter at @CaltransDist7. We tweet Grapevine closures and all major incidents to keep you informed.

Is Caltrans hiring

Yes! Caltrans openings are here. You can also visit the California Department of Human Resources website to get information about vacancies in state agencies throughout California, including Caltrans.

Is Caltrans a government agency

Yes! Caltrans has been moving the people of California for more than 100 years, evolving from a loosely connected web of footpaths and rutted wagon routes to a sophisticated system that serves the transportation needs of more than 30 million residents. Today, Caltrans manages more than 50,000 miles of California's highway and freeway lanes, provides inter-city rail services, permits more than 400 public-use airports and special-use hospital heliports, and works with local agencies. More information about the department is here.

Need more info about Caltrans? If Google doesn’t deliver, you can always call us at (213) 897-3656.