2024 Draft Public Participation Plan Available for Public Comment through April 5

2024 Draft Public Participation Plan Available for Public Comment through April 5

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and DKS Associates staff spend time listening to community members at outdoor events and community meetings throughout the year.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency places a high value on public participation in planning and decisions. The public should be given ample opportunities for early, meaningful, and continued involvement. Specifically in the agency’s transportation planning, collecting diverse public input is important for determining the types of projects that meet public needs and ensures funds are directed to the areas of highest need.

The agency is releasing the Draft 2024 Public Participation Plan today for a forty-five (45) public comment period. The draft plan outlines key decision points for consulting with affected communities, local, regional, state, and federal agencies and Tribal governments. This announcement and the comment period are required parts of the Public Participation Plan. The comment period for the document commences on February 20, 2024 and closes on April 5, 2024. Public comments will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on April 5.

Staff will present the final plan to the TRPA Governing Board for potential adoption at its regular monthly meeting on April 24. We look forward to your feedback!

The Public Participation Plan document is available upon request or can be accessed online at: https://www.trpa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2024-Public-Participation-Plan-DRAFT-Feb.-24.pdf

Comments should be sent to:
Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization
Attn: Kira Richardson, Senior Transportation Planner
P.O. Box 5310
Stateline, NV 89449
Or via email: krichardson@trpa.gov

Please direct any questions or other inquiries regarding this notice to Kira Richardson at (775) 589-5236.

Vision Zero Strategy Aims to Make Tahoe Roads Safer

Vision Zero Strategy Aims to Make Tahoe Roads Safer

Draft Vision Zero Strategy available for public review and input through February 2

Lake Tahoe, NV/CA – From 2013 to 2021, there were 41 fatalities and 183 life-changing serious injuries on Tahoe’s roadways, according to crash data reported by state and local law enforcement agencies. To help prevent these tragic crashes, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) this week released the draft Vision Zero Strategy for the Lake Tahoe Region. The data-backed strategy includes proposed policy changes and priority projects to help transportation partners across the Lake Tahoe Region improve safety for all road users, the agency said today.

The Vision Zero Strategy aims to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, and fair mobility for all. TRPA encourages members of the public to review and comment on the draft document through February 2.

The Vision Zero Strategy will roll up into the 2025 Regional Transportation Plan update along with the recently completed Transportation Equity Study and Tahoe Trails Strategy. TRPA leads transportation improvement, planning, and funding in the Tahoe Region to improve safety, create more walkable and bikeable communities, and protect Lake Tahoe’s air and water quality.

Vision Zero emphasizes the importance of collaboration with local governments, state agencies, law enforcement, advocacy groups, and the public. During 2023, outreach in English and Spanish gathered input from more than 400 people at community events and 320 survey respondents.

The final strategy will be heard by the TRPA Governing Board at its February 28 meeting. The public can review the draft Vision Zero Strategy at trpa.gov/visionzero and submit comments through February 2 to Rachael Shaw at rshaw@trpa.gov, or by phone at (775) 589-5267.

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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 jcowen@trpa.gov.

Lake Tahoe’s First Transportation Equity Study

Lake Tahoe’s First Transportation Equity Study

Click here to read the Final Transportation Equity Study

Estudio de Equidad en el Transporte

TRPA completed the first ever Transportation Equity Study for the Lake Tahoe Region in 2023. The Equity Study and TRPA’s environmental justice initiatives seek to identify the needs, concerns, and vulnerabilities of all those living, working, and visiting the Tahoe Basin and to ensure transportation programs, policies, and activities do not disproportionately and adversely affect identified priority communities. Equity-centered transportation policies seek to equitably distribute transportation benefits and burdens for Tahoe residents, visitors, and commuters with a focus on improving mobility for priority communities:

  • Persons without private transportation (zero vehicle households): Lack of a personal vehicle is a significant factor for transit need. In 2022, 80 percent of Tahoe transit riders did not have access to a personal vehicle.
  • Seniors (individuals 65 years and older): Elderly individuals may choose not to drive or can no longer drive due to age.
  • Persons living below the poverty line: Purchasing and maintaining a personal vehicle might be difficult for households with limited income.
  • Individuals with a disability: Disability status may impact an individual’s ability to live independently, including driving a personal vehicle.
  • Youth (individuals under 18 years old): Most people under 18 do not drive and even those with driver’s licenses often do not have the means to purchase or maintain a personal vehicle.
  • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color): People of color are more likely to live in densely populated areas, are less likely to have access to a car, and are more likely to bike, walk, and use public transportation to commute to work.

The Equity Study was awarded the 2023 Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award from Women’s Transportation Seminar International.

View the project website to learn more.

$11 Million Awarded to Seven Transportation Projects

$11 Million Awarded to Seven Transportation Projects

Lake Tahoe, CA/NV – The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) has awarded $11.1 million to seven critical transportation projects across the Tahoe Region, the agency announced today. The projects listed below will improve safety and advance climate resilience at Lake Tahoe by reducing congestion, expanding regional trails, providing free transit, and supporting equitable recreation access.

As Lake Tahoe’s federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization, TRPA is responsible for managing federal and state transportation funds through the Linking Tahoe Regional Grant Program. Those federal and state programs help fund and implement transportation projects and the Lake Tahoe Regional Transportation Plan that connect people and places in ways that reduce reliance on the private automobile.

“These funds will improve safety and the climate resilience of the Tahoe Region by promoting walkable, bikeable town centers that better serve residents and visitors,” TRPA Executive Director Julie Regan said. “We are grateful to our federal delegation and state partners for making these funds available and to the many agencies in California and Nevada getting transportation improvements on the ground.”

The 2023 Regional Grant Program is funding the following projects across the Tahoe Region:

Projects funded through the Linking Tahoe Regional Grant Program advance implementation of the 2012 Lake Tahoe Regional Plan and 2020 Lake Tahoe Regional Transportation Plan. The Lake Tahoe partnership that advocates for the Environmental Improvement Program helped secure the federal funds which have supported the Regional Grant Program, delivering $42.6 million in additional transportation improvements at Lake Tahoe over the last seven years.

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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 TRPA Public Information Officer Jeff Cowen, (775) 589-5278.