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 www.trpa.gov/rtp. 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 meetings for the Regional Transportation Plan will be held on the following dates:
TRPA Regional Plan Implementation Committee – Wednesday, March 24, 2021 https://www.trpa.gov/events/
Tahoe Transportation District/Tahoe Transportation Commission – Friday, April 9, 2021 https://www.tahoetransportation.org/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.