Martin Tuttle was appointed as the Deputy Director of Planning and Modal Programs for the California Department of Transportation on June 1, 2009. He is responsible for the Caltrans Divisions of Local Assistance, Mass Transportation, Planning, Rail, Aeronautics and Transportation System Information. Tuttle has over 25 years of top transportation and innovative land use planning management experience at the local, regional and state levels of government. He has made a career of working with diverse interests and populations to deliver consensus and support for a long list of transportation and other projects in California.
As the executive director of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) for six years, Tuttle led the 22-city/6-county metropolitan planning organization in California’s fast growing Sacramento Region and launched its nationally recognized “Blueprint” transportation and land use growth plan. SACOG received state and national awards for its community outreach and collaborative approach in crafting the 50-year Blueprint plan approved by the region’s local agencies. Over 7,500 citizens directly participated in the process, which has become a model for several other planning initiatives in the country. Due in part to Blueprint’s success, Tuttle was named one of the region’s 20 most influential people in the past 20 years by the Sacramento Business jurisdictions Journal in 2004.
Tuttle served for three years as the executive director of the Solano Transportation Authority (STA) in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he directed major road and transit projects for the seven cities and county in Solano. He led the joint powers agency through its innovative reorganization, organized an advocacy effort that secured over $200 million in state and federal transportation grants, and negotiated an award-winning transit coordination and marketing program. The STA was honored as the state’s “Transportation Organization of the Year” by the California Transportation Foundation in 1998.
As a top staff member to Assembly Majority Leader Tom Hannigan in the California State Legislature for 13 years, Tuttle managed innovative land-use and transportation reform legislation, including the bill establishing the successful Capitol Corridor intercity rail service between Sacramento and the San Jose. Just prior to joining Caltrans, Tuttle worked as a land planning executive for URS Corp. and, for three years, as vice president for Sacramento-based New Faze Development, where he oversaw the company’s transit oriented development and urban infill housing projects. Tuttle, his wife and two boys live in Davis, California.