Governor Gavin Newsom introduced on Friday that Tony Tavares, the present District 7 Director of of the California Division of Transportation (CalTrans), was appointed as the following CalTrans Director.
Tavares, a Civil Engineering graduate of UC Davis, began his careers as a civil engineer for the state of California in 1990. Beginning in 1997, he was chosen for a string of a number of positions, together with District 4 Director, Chief of the Division of Upkeep, Chief of the Division of Proper of Method and Land Surveys, and Assistant Division Chief of Building. Then, in 2018, he was promoted to being the CalTrans Bay Space Director earlier than touchdown in his present place of District 7 Director, overlaying the counties of Los Angeles and Ventura, in November 2020. Regardless of solely being in his present place for little over a yr and a half, Governor Newsom elevated Tavares because of his civil engineering background and expertise in overseeing transportation points throughout the state.
“Tony Tavares has devoted his profession to serving the individuals of California, with a long time of management and deep expertise overseeing vital transportation points spanning the state,” Governor Newsom mentioned in a press release on Friday. “I sit up for his continued partnership in advancing our progressive efforts to create safer and extra sustainable communities all through the state.”
Whereas CalTrans doesn’t oversee the controversial California Excessive Pace Rail System, which has ballooned to costing $105 billion, over two and a half occasions it’s authentic $40 billion funds, it does oversee the freeway system, public transportation, and non-high pace practice routes resembling these within the Amtrak system. Not too long ago CalTrans has been within the public eye for a number of freeway and lane closures for updates and repairs, happening a mini hiring spree, lowering pace limits in a number of areas, and, maybe most controversially, being in command of evicting and clearing out quite a few homeless encampments all through the state, together with these beneath many overpasses.
“Tavares is inheriting a CalTrans that helps vital infrastructure throughout state, from Oregon to Mexico,” defined Andy Sorvino, an infrastructure and transportation researcher, to the Globe on Friday. “The large chunk of what they do is solely freeway upkeep and development. However the clearing of homeless encampments, whereas not distinctive to California, is a rising subject, particularly when CalTrans is concerned. They’ve lots on their plates now, however for those who’re taking a look at a significant subject that would come up, it’s coping with these.”
“So long as the highways and freeways stay in good situation and there are not any main backups or hiccups with public transit, issues needs to be nice beneath Tavares. And his background, a civil engineer with heavy expertise in each LA and the Bay Space, level to the place a number of initiatives are doubtless going to go. Each areas are rapidly increase fast transit traces, each areas want freeway work, and each areas are seeing heavy street utilization as soon as once more after the COVID lockdowns. That’s the place Newsom and California is trying proper now. He needs to be grateful he’s not getting roped with the excessive pace practice although. That’s solely going to worsen. Folks like highways and see the place the cash goes. That? Not a lot.”
Tavares is predicted to be accepted by the Senate and formally introduced on quickly.