Update to Regional Transportation Plan Guidelines Underway!

ct_logo_trans (1)The California Transportation Commission and Caltrans kicked off the update to the Regional Transportation Plan Guidelines on June 30 in Sacramento. This will be the first update to the guidelines since 2010. Since then, every region in California has created a Sustainable Communities Strategy as part of their RTP, incorporating land use strategies and goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Many MPOs have gone through this RTP/SCS process twice since 2010, so now is an important time to reflect on lessons learned from going through that process and recommend changes as we move forward. We are especially interested in seeing how active transportation, public health and environmental justice are strongly incorporated into this update, building on the best practices we have seen in regions across the state, including the SCAG and MTC regions where we have staff working in-depth on RTP/SCS updates.

The process will be quick – the first draft was released in early July with comments due August 5th, and workgroups are meeting on July 13th and 14th to review the draft with an eye on specific issues. National Partnership staff will be participating on multiple working groups along with our partners to ensure that the guidelines elevate active transportation and equity. The guidelines are expected to be adopted by the end of the year, though we submitted a comment letter along with 17 other organizations asking that the deadline be extended to allow more time for feedback.

We will also be co-hosting several regional convenings in July with our partners at CPEHN, ClimatePlan and Public Advocates, to mobilize partners on the RTP Guidelines update and gather feedback that we can share in our comment letters and meetings with Caltrans staff. The workshops will be held on the following dates:

Los Angeles – July 18, 2016
12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Community Health Councils
3731 Stocker Street, Suite 201
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Click to register for the LA Meeting

Fresno – July 20, 2016
12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Fresno Center for New Americans – Training Room
4879 E. Kings Canyon Road
Fresno, CA 93727
Click to register for the Fresno Meeting

Oakland – July 22, 2016
12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Public Health Institute – Large Conference Room
555 12th Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607
Click to register for the Oakland Meeting

Registration is limited to sign up early if you are interested in attending. And stay tuned to this space for more updates on the RTP Guidelines!

For more information on the RTP Guidelines Update, check out Caltrans’ website.

2 Responses to Update to Regional Transportation Plan Guidelines Underway!

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