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.
Final 2020 Regional Transportation Plan
Final 2020 Regional Transportation Plan – Executive Summary
Final 2020 Regional Transportation Plan – Full Plan
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Planning Context
Chapter 3 The Plan
Chapter 4 Funding the Plan
Chapter 5 Measuring and Managing for Success
Chapter 6 Moving Forward
Statements, Acknowledgements, Resources List, and Glossary
Appendix A: Goals and Policies
Appendix B: Project List
Appendix C: Revenue Narrative
Appendix D: Innovation in Transportation
Appendix E: Public Participation
Appendix F: Environmental Justice
Appendix G: Data and Forecasting
Appendix H: Congestion Management Process
Appendix I: Performance Measures
Appendix J: Regional Plan Checklist
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 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
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.
Building a project or want to see routes up close? Check out our Transportation Web Map.
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.
Both transit operators produce a Transit Asset Management (TAM) plan every four years to inventory and rate assets, describe support tools used, and produce a prioritized list of investments. View the Tahoe Transportation District TAM Plan and Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit TAM Plan. Commitments to the safety are further detailed in TTD Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan and Placer County Transit & TART Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan.
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.
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
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).
Equity and Environmental Justice
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.
View the project website to learn more.
Historic Regional Transportation Plans
2017 Regional Transportation Plan
Linking Tahoe: Regional Transportation Plan Executive SummaryFINAL 2017 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy
Appendix A: Goals and Policies
Appendix B: Project List and Revenue Narrative
Appendix C: Public Participation, Consultation, and Cooperation
Appendix D: Methodology for Estimating Vehicle Miles Traveled and Greenhouse Gas Reduction in the 2017 Regional Transportation Plan
Appendix E: 2017 Transportation Conformity
Appendix F: Regional Transportation Plan Checklist
Appendix G: Performance Measures
2017 Environmental Documents
Attachment 1: Goals and Policies Crosswalk
Attachment 2: Project List Comparison
Attachment 3: 2012 Mitigation Measures
Attachment 4: PEV GHG Methodology
Attachment 5: PEV GHG Reductions
Attachment 6: TRPA CARB Memo
Attachment 7: Thresholds Evaluation Summary