El Dorado County Regional Transportation Plan 2015-2035


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EDCTC has started the process to develop the El Dorado County Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) 2015-2035.  As the Regional Transportation Planning Agency for the west slope of El Dorado County, EDCTC is responsible for the management and update of the RTP every five years.  The current RTP was adopted in November of 2010 and developed through extensive public and stakeholder input.  The RTP fulfills the state requirements of AB 402 (Government Code Title 7, Chapter 2.5, Sections 65080-65082).  To qualify for funding in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), projects included in a Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) or the Interregional Transportation Improvement Program (ITIP) must be consistent with adopted RTPs.  In compliance with Government Code Section 65080(c), the California Transportation Commission will only consider STIP funding for projects consistent with an RTP adopted within five years (in rural regions) of STIP adoption.  RTPs provide a clear vision of the regional transportation goals, objectives, policies, and strategies.  This vision must be realistic and fiscally constrained.  RTPs must be updated every five years to comply with state statute as well as to maintain a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive approach to regional transportation planning.  RTPs have many specific functions, including:

  • Any project that requires federal or state funding must be included in the RTP in order to be eligible for funding
  • Providing an assessment of the current modes of transportation and the potential of new travel options within the region
  • Predicting the future needs for travel and goods movement
  • Identifying and documenting specific actions necessary to address the region’s mobility and accessibility needs
  • Identifying needed transportation improvements in sufficient detail to serve as a foundation for the development of the RTIP and ITIP
  • Promoting consistency between the California Transportation Plan, the RTP, and other transportation plans developed by cities, counties, districts, private organizations, tribal governments, and state and federal agencies in responding to statewide and interregional transportation issues and needs
  • Facilitating partnerships that reconcile transportation issues which transcend regional boundaries
  • Involving the public, federal, state and local agencies, as well as local elected officials, early in the transportation planning process so as to include them in discussions and decisions on the social, economic, air quality and environmental issues related to transportation.
EDCTC received recognition for their Best Practices Approach in Consultation with Interested Parties from the California Transportation Commission for the El Dorado County 2025 RTP as outlined in Section 3.13 of the 2007 California Regional Transportation Plan Guidelines. EDCTC staff continues to build upon this achievement by implementing a parallel public involvement process utilizing the local expertise and knowledge of the RTP Policy Advisory Committee (RTP AC), ratified by the EDCTC on March 6 2-14. The RTP is comprised of four Elements and an environmental document. These Elements include:

  • Policy Element
  • Action Element
  • Financial Element
  • Air Quality Conformity Element
As each Element is approved they will be posted on this website for the public to review. Multiple public workshops and meetings will be held presenting the Draft Elements throughout the process. Public workshops and meetings will be noticed on the EDCTC website and other media outlets. The Final RTP will be presented for adoption by the Commission in November 2015.


The State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is the biennial five-year plan adopted by the California Transportation Commission (CTC) of future allocations of state transportation funds for state highway improvements, intercity rail, and regional highway, bicycle, pedestrian and transit improvements. The 2016 STIP cycle begins in 2016/17 and extends through 2020/21. The regional agency element of the STIP is referred to as the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP). 

EDCTC, as the Regional Transportation Planning Agency for the western slope of El Dorado County, is required by state law to adopt a RTIP every two years. The RTIP was approved by the EDCTC Board at the December 3, 2015 meeting and submitted to the CTC before December 15, 2015. EDCTC’s RTIP, upon adoption by the CTC, represents western El Dorado County’s portion of the larger statewide STIP. 

The projects contained within EDCTC’s 2016 RTIP come from public processes and approvals of EDCTC’s 2010 and 2015 Regional Transportation Plans, SACOG’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy, Caltrans’ planning documents, and the Capital Improvement Programs of the City of Placerville, County of El Dorado, and El Dorado Transit Authority.

The CTC adopted the 2016 STIP Fund Estimate on August 27, 2015. Due to decreasing gas prices, yielding less revenues, only $46 million is available statewide for STIP projects this cycle, when typically we would see over $1.4 billion. The shortfall of STIP revenues, also referred to as a “zero STIP”, allows no additional RTIP funding for new projects and existing projects could be delayed. EDCTC currently has a net advance share of $5.24 million, which is more than our formula target. In 2018, EDCTC will receive another target for formula distribution of RTIP funds, which could be enough to zero-out our advanced balance and allow new projects to receive funding.