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CALIBRATION

1. Reconciliation of an instrument with an established standard. 2. In modeling, the procedure used to estimate the parameters of a model or to adjust a model to replicate actually measured conditions. (TRB)

CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD

The California Air Resources Board, or CARB, was established by the California Legislature in 1967 to attain and maintain healthy air quality, conduct research into the causes of and solutions to air pollution, and systematically attack the serious problem caused…

California Clean Air Act

The California Clean Air Act (CCAA) of 1988 requires nonattainment areas to achieve and maintain the state ambient air quality standards by the earliest practicable date and local air districts to develop plans for attaining the state ozone, carbon monoxide,…

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (CALTRANS)

This agency is responsible for the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of the California State Highway System as well as that portion of the Interstate Highway System within our State’s boundaries. Caltrans is also the implementing agency for the Intercity…

CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT (CEQA)

A statute that requires all jurisdictions in the State of California to evaluate the extent of environmental degradation posed by a proposed development or project.

CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION

The Commission regulates privately owned electric, telecommunications, natural gas, water and transportation companies in addition to household goods movers and rail safety.

CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION (CTC)

The state commission responsible for improving highways and transit-related capital improvements. Reviews Regional Transportation Improvement Programs (RTIPs) and the PSTIP. This qualifies the projects for state funding. The CTC also has financial oversight over the major programs authorized by Propositions…

CALL BOX

Funded by LACMTA in 1996, 4300 roadside phone call boxes were installed every one-quarter mile along all freeways in Los Angeles County to increase motorist safety.

CALL FOR PROJECTS

A competitive process that the MTA uses to fund transportation projects countywide. Local cities and other public agencies that provide transportation services are eligible to apply to the MTA for funding for regionally significant transportation projects that the local entity…