Placer County 2035 Regional Transportation Plan

The Placer County 2035 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) was developed in 2010 by the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA).

The PCTPA Board of Directors adopted the Placer County 2027 RTP in September 2005. After its adoption, the 2027 RTP was submitted to the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) and formed the basis for the Placer County component of the 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), adopted by the SACOG Board of Directors in March 2008.

Under SAFETEA-LU, regional transportation plans in air quality non-attainment areas must be updated every four years. PCTPA’s regional transportation plan update was adopted by the PCTPA Board by September 2010.

The 2035 RTP is being developed to provide a clear vision of the Placer region’s transportation goals, objectives, and policies. The RTP must also be realistic and within fiscal constraints. The RTP guides the long-range planning and development of transportation projects within the plan’s horizon. The RTP is an action oriented and a programmatic document, considering both near-term (2010-2014) and a long-term action plan (2015-2035), identifying a list of specific projects to be implemented over these timeframes. To qualify for federal or state funding, projects must be included in or be consistent with the plan. To guide decision-makers, the plan also outlines the process to assess priorities for implementation of the RTP.

The 2035 RTP is designed to be consistent with SACOG’s adopted 2035 MTP. The 2035 RTP provides the framework for the systematic development of a balanced, comprehensive, multi-modal transportation system, including but not limited to: regional roadways, public transit, passenger rail, aviation, goods movement, non-motorized facilities, transportation systems management, intelligent transportation systems, and transportation safety and security measures.

The 2035 RTP is comprised of three elements:

  1. A Policy Element that identifies the mobility goals, objectives, and policies of the region;
  2. An Action Element that identifies the various programs and actions to implement the RTP in accordance with the goals, objectives, and policies set forth in the Policy Element; and
  3. A Financial Element that summarizes the cost of implementing the projects in the RTP within a financially constrained environment.

Development of the 2035 RTP involves the public, federal, state, and local agencies, tribal governments as well as local stakeholders and officials, and transportation users, early in the planning process.

The schedule for adoption of the 2035 RTP includes the following major milestones:

  • 30 day agency and public review period for the Notice of Preparation, from May 6 to June 7, 2010;
  • Release of the Draft 2035 RTP for public review on June 9, 2010;
  • Release of the Draft 2035 RTP Supplemental EIR for a 45 day public review period beginning on June 9, 2010 and ending July 23, 2010;
  • Public Workshop on the Draft 2035 RTP at the June 23, 2010 Board meeting;
  • Public hearing on the Draft Supplement Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) at the June 23, 2010 Board meeting;
  • Certification of the Final SEIR at the September 22, 2010 Board meeting; and
  • Adoption of the Final 2035 RTP at the September 22, 2010 Board meeting.