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CALTRANS WIRELESS LICENSING PROGRAM. Bimla G. Rhinehart Division of Right of Way and Land Surveys. The Program. Approved by California Transportation Commission – May 1997 Authority under the Department’s Airspace Leasing Program. Program Benefits.

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Caltrans wireless licensing program


Bimla G. RhinehartDivision of Right of Way and Land Surveys

The program
The Program

  • Approved by California Transportation Commission – May 1997

  • Authority under the Department’s Airspace Leasing Program

Program benefits
Program Benefits

  • Improves communications for traveling public and Caltrans

  • Improves safety for the traveling public

  • Increases joint use of public property

Wireless program statewide
Wireless Program Statewide

Currently: 231 Facilities approved

Master license agreement
Master License Agreement

  • Sets forth terms and conditions under which the program operates

  • Protects Caltrans’ and carrier’s interests

  • Is entered into with each carrier

Site license
Site License

  • Sets forth site specific terms and conditions

  • Is required for each selected site

  • Specifies rate, term, and use

  • Each site license has a term of 10 years with three, five year options

Site proposals
Site Proposals

District’s Airspace Review Committee (DARC) reviews all site proposals for:

  • Access from outside the right of way

  • Provide space for Caltrans’ facilities

  • Connect to utilities from outside right of way

  • Minimize interference with operations

  • Comply with all local ordinances

With conceptual approval
With Conceptual Approval

  • $1,000 processing fee required

  • DARC reviews the plans and identifies concerns/issues

  • Carrier executes Site License Agreement and has six months to obtain required permits and approvals

  • Preliminary FHWA approval is obtained

Final approval
Final Approval

  • Carrier obtains environmental clearance

  • DARC approves final plans upon the issuance of local permits

  • Final FHWA approval is obtained

  • Carrier applies for encroachment permit and pays prorated license fee

  • Construction is scheduled

Sites we license
Sites We License

  • Maintenance Yards

  • Highway Right of Way

  • Office Buildings

  • Park and Ride Facilities

  • Safety Roadside Rests

  • Existing Airspace Sites

  • Light Standards and Signs

  • Sound Walls

  • Bridges

Telecommunications licensing
Telecommunications Licensing