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2013 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy

The Bay Area regional planning agencies, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are currently developing the 2013 update to its Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) in conjunction with the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS). The SCS connects transportation and land use planning, and is a new strategy required under Senate Bill 375.

The SCS will be developed in partnership among regional agencies, local jurisdictions, and Congestion Management Agencies (CMAs) through an iterative process. The land use pattern developed through the SCS process, when integrated with the transportation system, should reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles and light trucks as measured against regional targets established by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Sustainable Communities Strategy Fact Sheet (PDF: 32kB)

Sustainable Communities Strategy Frequently Asked Questions (PDF: 32kB)

For current information on the 2013 RTP Update and the SCS, including meeting schedules, agendas, and recent publications, go to

In Sonoma County the following schedule is expected

Performance Targets approved by MTC/ABAG

late January, 2011

MTC issues formal Call for Projects to CMAs (PDF: 64kB)

February 10

SCTA Advisory Committees review MTC issued Guidance

February 24-28

Initial Vision Scenario released by ABAG

March 11

CAC Public Meeting at 490 Mendocino Avenue, #204

March 28, 5:30 – 7pm

SCTA RCPA Board reviews IVS, Public Outreach, and Project review

April 11

Completion of Project Submittal to MTC

April 29

SCTA RCPA Board approves Projects

May 9

Public Workshop Santa Rosa
Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa

May 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Preferred Scenario and list of transportation projects

December 2011

The Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy is the long range transportation and land use planning document for the Bay Area. The SCTA is responsible for public outreach, agency coordination and submittal of local transportation programs and projects for consideration in the RTP/SCS. Please see the Call for Projects Guidance provided by MTC (Attachment A) for more information.

Information requested in this call for projects is for preliminary review and more information for each project will be required before submittal to the web based application. Projects will be posted and reviewed during public outreach and on the SCTA/RCPA website.

Project List Information

  1. Current RTP list (Attachment B)
    including completed or otherwise dropped projects, changes in description, timing or cost; include current RTP ID#.

  2. New Projects
    For each proposed new project, include the following information:

    • Project Name
    • Project Sponsor
    • Description
    • Location
    • Total Project Cost (describe method of cost estimation – see Attachment A - Guidance p. 3)
    • Known funding
    • Project start/completion dates
    • Programmatic category – Attachment A.2
    • Describe SCS Project criteria, including support goals and performance targets (Attachment A.3), regional significance, support focused growth, derived from adopted plan (Attachment A ).
  3. Send project information to 490 Mendocino Avenue, #206, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 or Electronic Mail

  4. Priority Programs Categories:

    Using the list of Program Categories (Attachment A-2), provide indication of which categories are of highest importance to your jurisdiction and, if possible, an estimate of the need within that category.

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