2023 Annual Report Released

2023 Annual Report Released

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency presented its 2023 Annual Report to the Governing Board at its regular monthly meeting today. The agency made major strides last year in addressing many of the biggest challenges facing the Lake Tahoe Region. The vision of the Bi-State Compact that came forward 55 years is reflected in the annual progress report.

“The vision that took shape 55 years ago when the states of Nevada and California came together to preserve and protect Lake Tahoe is reflected in this report,” writes Executive Director Julie Regan. “The Lake Tahoe Regional Plan is building partnerships, restoring environmental quality, and harmonizing communities with our incredible surroundings.”

Open the report here.

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Honored with Rosa Parks Award

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Honored with Rosa Parks Award

Image: Lead staff on the Transportation Equity Study Victoria Ortiz (L) and Kira Richardson (R) accept the award on Wednesday at the WTS event in Sacramento, Calif.

 

Sacramento, Calif. – The Sacramento chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar International (WTS) bestowed its 2023 Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award Wednesday to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Transportation Equity Study, the agency announced today. Sacramento WTS leaders presented the award to TRPA staff at the annual awards and scholarship event in Sacramento, Calif.

Many citizens are underrepresented in traditional transportation planning and TRPA is working to ensure all Lake Tahoe community members are heard and engaged. Surveys of Tahoe’s small, rural communities show at least 30 percent of residents are underrepresented. Many live below the poverty line and nearly 1,000 households have no access to a car.

Lead staff for the equity study, Senior Transportation Planner Kira Richardson and Community Engagement Manager Victoria Ortiz, accepted the award on behalf of the agency alongside Kendall Flint of DKS Associates, the project consultant.

“We are honored for this recognition of the agency’s work with local community-based organizations and partner agencies to create a more equitable and accessible future for everyone at Lake Tahoe,” said TRPA’s Richardson. “We are also grateful for the relationships we’ve strengthened with many local residents who face unique adversities every day.”

The Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award honors organizations seeking to promote diversity and cultural awareness in the transportation industry. TRPA completed the first-ever Transportation Equity Study for the Lake Tahoe Region in 2023. The study team conducted multi-lingual community engagement to improve TRPA’s connection with underserved communities and to understand how transportation planning and decision-making can remove inequities.

“Equity in our transportation system is a cornerstone of environmental quality and community well-being,” said TRPA Governing Board Chair Cindy Gustafson who is also Placer County District 5 Supervisor. “The Transportation Equity Study will foster fair and efficient transportation options and lead the way to a healthier Lake Tahoe that is inclusive and accessible for all. I applaud the agency and its staff for this incredible recognition.”

The equity study brings forward a suite of policy recommendations such as improving winter access to work, recreation, and services by providing transit shelters and cleared sidewalks and pathways. The study also includes an interactive storymap to educate the public and help guide transportation projects and plans, including the Lake Tahoe Regional Transportation Plan update underway this year.

Background

TRPA has a lead role in identifying solutions for the region’s transportation challenges. As the federally designated metropolitan planning organization for the Lake Tahoe Region, TRPA plans transportation system improvements and brings in state, regional, and federal transportation funding for programs and projects. Local, state, and federal partners implement projects and operate transit services throughout the Tahoe Region. Since 1997, partners have constructed or improved 198 miles of bike and pedestrian trails.

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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.

Chimney Beach parking lot upgrade continues East Shore corridor improvements

Chimney Beach parking lot upgrade continues East Shore corridor improvements

INTERAGENCY NEWS RELEASE

Contacts:
Jeff Cowen, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 775-589-5278
Lisa Herron, USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, 530-721-3898

LAKE TAHOE, Nev./Calif. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Governing Board yesterday approved the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) Chimney Beach Trailhead parking improvement project on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore. The project will help improve safety, reduce roadside parking, and enhance recreation in the popular State Route 28 corridor, the agencies said today.

The LTBMU project will expand the existing 21-space parking area to 130 spaces while partner agencies remove an equivalent amount of roadside and shoulder parking in the area, which will improve roadway safety, emergency response, recreation access, improve scenic quality in the National Scenic Byway, and reduce soil damage and erosion. It is estimated that more than 70 percent of fine sediment harming Lake Tahoe’s clarity is coming from roadways and urban upland areas.

Construction is expected to last through October 2023 with some construction activities to be completed early next summer. Although the parking lot will be closed, trails will remain open during construction.

“Improving safety and parking along the lake’s East Shore corridor is a high priority in our regional transportation plans,” TRPA Executive Director Julie Regan said. “The Chimney Beach parking lot is an integral component to remove parking off the road, reduce congestion, and provide residents and visitors safe access to public lands and the lake.”

The project is part of both the LTBMU’s SR-28 Shared Use Path, Parking, Safety, and Environmental Improvements Project and the Nevada State Route 28 Corridor Management Plan. The larger vision for the corridor includes additional parking management and technology, continuation of the East Shore Trail to Spooner Summit, more frequent transit and additional transit stops, and construction of a mobility hub at Spooner Summit.

“The East Shore contains some of the most scenic landscapes in the Lake Tahoe Basin and many popular remote recreation destinations,” said LTBMU Forest Supervisor, Erick Walker “These parking areas are generally at or above capacity during the summer season and parking overflows onto the highway shoulder. The project will address potential conflicts between pedestrians and vehicle traffic as well as the potential hindering of the movement of emergency vehicles.”

The upgraded parking area will be constructed with water quality Best Management Practices, or BMPs, to treat stormwater and runoff before it leaves the site as well as improved trash containment. Further improvements to the trailhead will include restrooms, transit pullouts, a pedestrian crossing, and infrastructure to support a future parking management system.

Thirteen partner organizations are involved in implementing the Nevada SR-28 Corridor Management Plan. Funding has been committed through federal and state sources as well as contributions from the Tahoe Fund, a nonprofit which has committed up to $3 million in private donations to projects in the corridor. Earlier improvements including the first section of the East Shore Trail from Incline Village to Sand Harbor Nevada State Park, which included successful removal of roadside parking in the corridor.

“These improvements are not just about providing safer and more accessible parking options,” Tahoe Transportation District Executive Director Carl Hasty said. “They are also laying the groundwork for a future parking management system. With a system in place, we can further enhance safety and reduce roadside parking around the Lake Tahoe Basin, making outdoor recreation more sustainable for everyone.”

Those interested can view the LTBMU SR-28 Corridor Management Plan: Decision Notice and Environmental Assessment. For more information on the project, contact Mike Gabor at mike.gabor@usda.gov.

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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.

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

$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.