Regional Transportation Plan
The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is a blueprint adopted by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) for improving the quality of life for our residents by providing more choices for where they will live, work, and play, and how they will move around. The RTP is updated every four years.
The plan outlines a long-range strategy to meet mobility, financial, and air quality requirements. This plan must show how the region will meet federal air quality standards and other needs based on realistic estimates of transportation funding. Only programs and projects outlined in the final document are eligible for state and federal funding.
The 2012-2035 RTP/SCS places a greater emphasis than ever before on sustainability and integrated planning to satisfy three principles that collectively work as the key to our region’s future: mobility, economy and sustainability. It includes a strong commitment to reduce emissions from transportation sources to comply with Senate Bill 375, improve public health, and meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards as set forth by the federal Clean Air Act.
For the first time, the 2012-2035 RTP/SCS includes a significant consideration of the economic impacts and opportunities provided by the transportation infrastructure plan, considering not only the economic and job creation impacts of the direct investment in transportation infrastructure, but also the efficiency gains in terms of worker and business economic productivity and goods movement. The plan outlines a transportation infrastructure investment strategy that will benefit Southern California, the state, and the nation in terms of economic development, competitive advantage, and overall competitiveness in the global economy in terms of attracting and retaining employers in the Southern California region. The plan proposed investing over $524 billion over the next 25 years to improve the quality of life of the region’s residents by enhancing the transportation system.