OAKLAND (KRON) — Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced Wednesday the city is launching a Department of Transportation.

Most of the department’s 300 employees will move over from the city’s Public Works Department, said Matt Nichols, the mayor’s policy director for infrastructure and transportation.

After the announcement, city council outlined what the responsibilities and structure of the new department.

About $1.5 million has been designated to pay the department staff, Nichols said.

Nicols said all projects will take into account all the people who use the streets.

Mayor Schaff said she wants staff to bring more money to transportation projects, reduce traffic, increase street maintenance, and help people find new ways of getting around the city.

Transportation Department staff will use socioeconomic data and transportation data to decide how to improve the city’s transportation.