Regional Transportation Plan

Last Updated: 
Jun 22, 2018

PSRC is extending the Regional Transportation Plan to 2050.

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Share your thoughts on the plan on our Engage site.PSRC is developing the 2022-2050 Regional Transportation Plan, which will respond to the priorities of VISION 2050 and describe how the region will meet transportation needs into the future, addressing existing needs and expected growth. 

The plan outlines investments the region is making to improve all aspects of the transportation system – from roads, transit, rail, ferry, bicycle and pedestrian systems – and ensure the safe and efficient movement of people and goods.


What is in the draft plan?

The plan anticipates $300 billion of investment over the next 28 years, with 56% of the investment to maintain, preserve and operate the transportation system. Seventy percent of the plan's system improvements are devoted to investments in local and regional transit.

Proposed projects in the plan can be found on the Projects and Approvals page and more information may be found in the future conditions visualization tool, coming soon.

What will the plan deliver?

The plan is being evaluated across several key performance measures and with a race forward equity lens. Some key preliminary findings:

  Forecast shows transit boardings will more than triple by 2050

  More than 58% of households will live within a 1/4 mile of transit service

  Households will experience a 15% reduction in delay each year from current conditions

  By 2050, the average person will walk or bike 21% more than today

  Population and jobs are expected to increase 41% and 48% respectively, yet the increase to congested roadways is only 4% from today with the plan


What are the plan's key policy focus areas?

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Access to transit. VISION 2050 identifies a transit-focused regional growth strategy. The RTP supports the region’s growth strategy, and planning for vibrant, attractive neighborhoods with access to jobs, schools, and services. The existing and forecast conditions visualization tools help to identify where access to transit can be improved, particularly for bicyclists and pedestrians.


Region logoSafety. VISION 2050 calls for improvements to the safety of the transportation system and achieving the state’s goal of zero deaths and serious injuries. The RTP emphasizes safety in the design, planning and funding of projects; calls for continued monitoring of safety data and trends; and works to share best practices and resources for continued and improved safety throughout the region.


Opportunities logoProvide opportunities for all. Equity is one of the foundational principles of VISION 2050, and numerous activities are underway such as the development of a Regional Equity Strategy and formation of a Regional Equity Advisory Committee. The RTP builds from VISION 2050 and is applying a race forward equity lens to all aspects of the plan, including the evaluation of existing and future conditions and the analysis of performance measures and regional outcomes. 

A Regional Equity Analysis will be conducted and included in the draft plan released for public comment in January.


Environment logoClimate. Supporting the VISION 2050 goal to reduce greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, the RTP includes a Four-Part Greenhouse Gas Strategy – including Land Use, Transportation Choices, Pricing and Technology - that identifies both how the plan performs to reduce emissions but also additional efforts that could be undertaken for further reductions in the transportation sector. 

More information on the plan’s emissions analysis and other climate change efforts will be available on this website soon, and also included in the draft plan released for public comment.


Support logoLocal needs and future visioning. The RTP will address the transportation system needs and opportunities for the growth expected by 2050, building from the work completed under VISION 2050. The plan will continue to address critical needs to maintain the current system and improve mobility but will also look ahead to address future challenges with potential new investments, such as in rail, aviation and passenger only ferries.

The RTP will assist and inform the local planning to be undertaken by cities and counties as they develop their comprehensive plans by 2024. The existing and forecast conditions visualization tools provide data and analysis to support this work.


What's the schedule?

Timeline for developing and adopting the Regional Transportation Plan with major phases identified.

More Information

Coordinated Mobility Plan

The Coordinated Mobility Plan outlines how transit agencies, social service agencies, school districts, and other transportation providers can work together to improve regional mobility for individuals with special transportation needs throughout King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.

Data and Research

Explore research and data trends that are helping to shape the development of the 2022 Regional Transportation Plan. Information includes:

  • Existing and forecast conditions
  • Visualization tools
  • Data and performance metrics video

Environmental Review for the 2022 Regional Transportation Plan

The SEPA Background Memorandum was shared at the Transportation Policy Board meeting on July 9, 2020. The VISION 2050 Environmental Impact Statement includes an analysis of the Regional Transportation Plan extended to the year 2050.

Projects and Approval Requirements

The Regional Capacity Projects List and Approval Process page includes a list of current regional capacity projects, as well as information on thresholds and requirements.

Public Involvement

The Public Involvement page includes information about our engagement efforts, such as surveys and youth outreach activities. It also has details about how to get involved with our work. We want to hear from you!

Regional Transportation Plan 2018

The current Regional Transportation Plan was adopted by the PSRC General Assembly on May 31, 2018. It maps how the region intends to catch up and keep pace with expected growth, and outlines unprecedented investments in the region is making to improve highway, transit, rail, ferry, bicycle and pedestrian systems to support the safe and efficient movement of people and goods.