Transportation Action Plan

Transportation Action Plan

Lake Tahoe’s awe-inspiring environment has attracted visitors from across the globe for generations. Today, its proximity to major metropolitan areas in Northern California and Nevada make it a natural outdoor playground for the growing millions of people looking for unparalleled summer and winter recreation opportunities.

The Lake Tahoe Transportation Action Plan represents the region’s approach to funding and implementing the projects needed to create a world-class transportation system at Tahoe.

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Joanne Marchetta

Joanne Marchetta was the Executive Director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency from 2011 to 2022. The mission of the bi-state Compact agency is to cooperatively lead the work to preserve, restore, and enhance the natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region. Ms. Marchetta led the Agency and basin through transformational changes to strengthen the environment, economy, and communities of Lake Tahoe. She came to Tahoe in 2009 to serve as TRPA’s General Counsel before taking on the leadership role as director.

Ms. Marchetta has always had a passion for combining environmental protection, land use planning, and real estate development in unique and responsible ways. Following graduation from the University of Michigan with a forestry degree and Catholic University with a law degree, she started her professional career in Washington DC as a litigator for the Department of Justice. She led environmental enforcement cases under many of the federal environmental statutes — clean air, clean water, and hazardous waste cleanup actions. She worked for U.S. EPA during the Bush and Clinton administrations where she negotiated some of the largest hazardous waste cleanup agreements in the state of California. Later at the Presidio Trust in San Francisco, she helped to transform the Presidio from an Army base to a financially self-sustaining national park.

Joanne served on the Board and Executive Committee of the Tahoe Prosperity Center.

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), was signed into law on November 15, 2021. The $1.2 trillion IIJA reauthorizes the nation’s surface transportation and drinking water and wastewater legislation, and includes an additional $550 billion in funding for new programs in transportation, energy transmission, resilience, broadband, and others, approximately half of which goes to the U.S. Department of Transportation over the next five years.

The bill focuses on making investments that will address equity, sustainability, resilience, climate change, safety, and asset condition. IIJA expands eligibility and changes some policy requirements in legacy programs, and establishes several new formula-funded and discretionary programs. Click here to learn more.

Final Transportation Plan Released

Final Transportation Plan Released

Lake Tahoe, CA/NV – The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) has released the final draft of the Lake Tahoe Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). There is broad consensus that the Tahoe Region needs a transportation transformation to meet growing travel demand, better serve residents, and support the regional economy, the agency said today.

The 2020 Regional Transportation Plan identifies a broad range of projects, programs, and strategies needed to comprehensively improve Tahoe’s transportation system over the next 25 years, according to TRPA. The plan is updated every four years and is the shared vision for a transportation system at Lake Tahoe that moves visitors and residents around the basin without relying solely on personal vehicles.

“This plan gets serious about reducing greenhouse gases and reliance on the automobile,” TRPA Executive Director Joanne S. Marchetta said. “Basin partners are more committed than ever to funding priority projects that expand transit and trails to improve quality of life for residents and quality of experience for visitors.”

The plan addresses regional and community priorities including modernization of the current transit system, completing the Tahoe Trail to encircle the lake, and supporting new technology for travel. The update has been developed with broad support from the states, local governments, and transportation partners, according to TRPA. More than 2,500 members of the public have provided input through an inclusive information gathering process with elements in both English and Spanish.

The plan can be viewed at The agency will hold several public meetings, listed below, for anyone to learn more about the plan and how the ambitious goals can be accomplished. The TRPA Governing Board is expected to vote on the package on April 28. The Governing Board also functions as the Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization, with an additional member from the USDA Forest Service. This federal designation allows TRPA to direct millions of dollars of federal funding annually into Tahoe Basin transportation projects.

RTP Public Webinar:
Monday, April 5, 2021
Public Hearings:
Public meetings for the Regional Transportation Plan will be held on the following dates:

TRPA Regional Plan Implementation Committee – Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Tahoe Transportation District/Tahoe Transportation Commission – Friday, April 9, 2021

Advisory Planning Commission of TRPA  – Wednesday, April 14, 2021

TRPA Governing Board – Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency leads the cooperative effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region, while improving local communities, and people’s interactions with our irreplaceable environment. For additional information, contact Jeff Cowen, Public Information Officer, at (775) 589-5278 or