Regional Transportation Plan

The Regional Transportation Plan will improve water quality, air quality, scenic resources, noise levels, and recreation resources across the Tahoe Region. According to TRPA, Tahoe’s transportation system should meet the daily needs of transit-dependent riders and employees, make it easier for recreational travelers to use transit, and assure visitors they can get around without their cars.

The plan focuses on:

  • Transit: Adding services to provide 15-minute service between town centers and recreation destinations, 30-to 60-minute service between neighborhoods and town centers, and inter-regional service for commuters and visitors from neighboring regions.
  • Technology: Connecting people with information about the many ways to travel around the Region, providing better data and analysis, and ensuring charging facilities are available for electric vehicles.
  • Trails: Increasing trips by foot and bike by providing walking and biking routes.
  • Communities and Corridors: Bringing plan elements together with a corridor planning framework connecting workers to jobs, visitors to recreation, and residents to town centers, housing, and recreation.

Supporting Transportation Plans

The Regional Transportation Plan is supported by a variety of specific transportation plans that align with transit, trails, technology, and communities. Each of these plans inform the development of the RTP and projects that are implemented.

Corridor Plans

Corridor planning is the bridge between the RTP’s goals and policies, the implementation and long-term operation of multi-benefit projects, and the Region’s approach to comprehensively addressing its largest challenges. The Corridor Planning Framework was developed to increase collaboration and accelerate transportation improvements that often cross jurisdictional boundaries.

Corridor planning considers and integrates different travel options, solves implementation challenges, incorporates multiple stakeholder perspectives, and aligns related projects to maximize their benefits, effectiveness, and funding opportunities. Corridor plan projects are incorporated into the RTP project list to advance toward implementation; project champions are key to moving corridor plans and projects to construction and to ensuring partners commit to long-term operations and maintenance.

The Tahoe Region is divided into six corridors based on the unique transportation, recreation, and quality of life needs of each. Corridor planning allows TRPA to leverage its transportation and land use policies to create synergies and maximize the cost efficiencies and benefits of projects. The approach to each corridor is adaptive to recognize and respond to localized needs, but planning always includes active transportation, sustainable recreation, housing, and transit-oriented development within town centers.

Learn more about each of the corridor plans:

Active Transportation Plan

Help staff’s planning efforts to support walking, bicycling, and rolling in Tahoe by taking the Active Transportation Survey today – your feedback is critical!

TRPA staff are currently working on updating the Linking Tahoe: Active Transportation Plan, which was adopted in 2018. Improving transportation options for bicyclists and pedestrians is one of the most effective ways to conserve and restore Lake Tahoe’s environment, revitalize the economy, enhance access to recreation opportunities, and improve public health. With your input, the plan update seeks to recommend a range of bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements that both support and encourage folks to reduce their reliance on the personal automobile.  

Link to Active Transportation Plan Survey

Building a project or want to see routes up close? Check out our Transportation Web Map. 

Transit Plans

The Tahoe Transportation District Short Range Transit Plan and Placer County TART Short Range Plan identify existing and proposed transit infrastructure, operations, and maintenance. The Linking Tahoe: Lake Tahoe Basin Transit Master Plan provides the long term vision for transit throughout the Tahoe Region, including the important connections to our neighbors. The Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan shows how human service agencies work with transportation providers to address the needs of seniors, the disabled, and low-income residents.


The Intelligent Transportation Systems Strategic Plan identifies opportunities for technology to increase transportation efficiency, safety, and balance. Changeable message signs and online apps are just two examples of how technology can improve our transportation system by giving people the real-time information they need.

Electric Vehicles

The Tahoe Truckee Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan is the blueprint to accelerate transportation electrification in the region. TRPA partnered with the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District and a cross-regional Coordinating Council with the release of an action-oriented readiness plan, providing a road map to strategically deploy electric vehicle infrastructure and user-friendly toolkits. Learn more about the Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan here.

Lake Tahoe Region Safety Strategy

Take the Vision Zero Survey to provide feedback on roadway safety in your community!

TRPA is currently working on a comprehensive update to the 2019 Lake Tahoe Region Safety Strategy, with a focus on the Vision Zero approach. The strategy will reevaluate Tahoe Region Safety Performance and continue to identify opportunities to reduce the likelihood and risk of crashes on Tahoe roads. Increasing safety and security for all users of the transportation system is one of the 6 major transportation goals, established by the 2020 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The Safety Strategy supports the RTP by providing recommendations for data-derived roadway safety investment projects.

Learn more about the Vision Zero Safety Strategy at the project website.

Public Participation Plan

TRPA’s public participation process gives residents, visitors, and commuters ample time for early, meaningful, and continued involvement in transportation planning and project review. Diverse public input helps TRPA determine what types of projects meet public needs and desires and also ensures that public funds are directed to the areas of highest need. Transparent and inclusive processes increase public participation and ensure well-prepared and publicly-supported plans and projects. Learn more about our public participation process by reading our 2019 Public Participation Plan and 2015 Community Outreach Report (Executive Summary).

Historic Regional Transportation Plans

2012 Regional Transportation Plan

The TRPA Governing Board and Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization Governing Board approved an update to the plan on December 12, 2012 in conjunction with the 2012 Regional Plan Update. Mobility 2035 includes a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) in accordance with California Senate Bill 375 (Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act). The SCS demonstrates how integrated transportation, land use, and housing strategies will help Lake Tahoe meet environmental thresholds and greenhouse gas targets for cars and light trucks on the California side of the Basin.

2012 Regional Transportation Plan