Owner/Client:      Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization (TMPO) prepared a program-level EIR/EIS for the Tahoe Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS). The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) and TMPO jointly updated the Tahoe Basin’s RTP, in conjunction with an update of the Tahoe Regional Plan. This RTP/SCS is unique because it seeks to reduce vehicle miles travelled in a region dominated by visitor traffic, define actions in two states (California and Nevada), and employ the ability of the TRPA to exert land use controls. The RTP/SCS includes the policies, investments, and funding strategies that will shape the region’s transportation system over the next 25 years. The RTP will also serve as the Transportation Plan required by the Tahoe Compact as part of the TRPA Regional Plan update. Finally, the plan meets the challenge of California’s Senate Bill 375 by presenting an integrated set of land use plans and transportation investments that will allow the region to achieve state targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2035. Ascent prepared the EIR/EIS, which was certified in December 2012. The RTP/SCS has been approved and is being implemented.