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Regional and Statewide Transportation Planning

Regional and Statewide Transportation Planning

RTP and CTP Guidelines Development
The California Transportation Commission (Commission) is authorized to adopt guidelines for the preparation of Regional Transportation Plans (RTPs) and also the California Transportation Plan (CTP).  The RTP Guidelines were first adopted by the Commission in 1978 and are updated as needed; the CTP Guidelines are being prepared for the first time.  While the RTP and CTP Guidelines will be adopted by the Commission, Caltrans is responsible for preparing both sets of guidelines.

RTP and CTP Guidelines drafts, comment forms, and workgroup meeting information are available online at:

RTP Guidelines: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/offices/orip/rtp/index.html

CTP Guidelines: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/offices/osp/ctp-guidelines.html

2016 RTP and CTP Guidelines Contacts

Schedule of Upcoming RTP Guidelines Workgroup Meetings


Since the mid-1970s, with the passage of Assembly Bill 69 (AB 69, Chapter 1253, Statutes of 1972) California state law has required the preparation of Regional Transportation Plans (RTPs) to address transportation issues and assist local and state decision-makers in shaping California's transportation infrastructure.
On July 1, 2009, the California Transportation Commission (Commission), upon consultation with the California Air Resources Board and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), formed an Advisory Committee to prepare necessary revisions to the Commission's RTP Guidelines in response to the requirements of Senate Bill 375 (SB 375, Chapter 728, Statutes of 2008) and other factors.

As required by Government Code Section 14522.1(a) (2), the Commission's Advisory Committee included representatives of the metropolitan planning organizations, Caltrans, organizations knowledgeable in the creation and use of travel demand models, local governments, and organizations concerned with the impacts of transportation investments on communities and the environment. The 2010 RTP Guidelines, adopted by the Commission in April 2010, incorporated new planning requirements as a result of SB 375 and incorporated the addendum to the 2007 RTP Guidelines.

Updates to the Commission’s 2010 Regional Transportation Plan Guidelines are necessary in light of changes to state statute, impending final rulemakings pursuant to the previous federal reauthorization, and recent passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015.  Updates are also needed to reflect advances in the practice of long-range regional transportation planning, including, but not limited to, improvements in the areas of modeling, public health, and other possible items which may impact the regional transportation plans and statewide transportation plans.

The California Transportation Plan (CTP) is a long-range (20-year) plan prepared every five years by Caltrans to provide a common policy framework to guide transportation investments and decisions by all levels of government, the private sector, and transportation stakeholders.  Guidelines will be developed to increase assurance that the CTP supports a fully integrated, multi-modal, sustainable transportation system that promotes economic vitality, natural resource protection, and the health, well-being, and equity for all Californians.

Senate Bill 486 (SB 486, Chapter 917, Statutes of 2014) authorized and encouraged the Commission, in cooperation with Caltrans, to prepare guidelines for the development of the CTP. The CTP Guidelines will clearly outline the state and federal requirements for the plan and will help inform preparation of the CTP 2045 which is due in 2020. The CTP Guidelines will be developed concurrently with the update of the RTP Guidelines, through a transparent public process with stakeholder input and in direct consultation with staff from Caltrans, the Air Resources Board, and other state agencies as appropriate.