California Department of Transportation

Regional Transportation Plan Liaison Branch

2016 RTP Guidelines Update

The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Guidelines are undergoing an update process that is scheduled to occur from July through December 2016.  The California Transportation Commission (CTC) anticipates consideration of the Final RTP Guidelines later this calendar year.  Below is a detailed timeline for the update process. 

The RTP Guidelines are being updated in tandem with the development of the California Transportation Plan Guidelines.  Click here for information about the CTP Guidelines process.

Interested RTP Workgroup participants whom would like to partake in the RTP Guidelines update process should submit an email to: The email should state the workgroup of interest, listed below by topical area:

  • Public Health, Equity and Active Transportation
  • Sustainable Community Strategy/Alternative Planning Strategy
  • Environmental Considerations
  • Modeling
  • Freight
  • Performance Measures & State and Federal Regulations
  • Other policy areas as needed

RTP Workgroups will meet during the months of July and August and will require a considerable time commitment on behalf of all participants.  Initial workgroup meetings were held on July 13-14 and a second workgroup meeting is in process of development for August 11th in Los Angeles. Workgroups could meet again, depending on the subject matter and resolution of any comments/revisions for the RTP Guidelines. 


NEW! Draft 2016 RTP Guidelines

Draft 2016 MPO RTP Guidelines

  • The public comment period for the Draft MPO RTP Guidelines begins Wednesday, July 6, 2016 and ends Friday, August 5, 2016, 5:00PM PST.
  • MPO RTP Guidelines Comment Form

Draft 2016 RTPA RTP Guidelines

  • The public comment period for the Draft RTPA RTP Guidelines begins Monday, July 18, 2016 and ends Monday, August 15, 2016, 5:00 PM PST.
  • RTPA RTP Guidelines Comment Form

Estimated 2016 RTP Guidelines Update Timeline

  • June 30 – RTP/CTP Guidelines Kickoff Meeting in Sacramento (Click here for more information)
  • July 6 – Release of the 1st draft for public review
  • July 13-14 – Workgroups are scheduled to meet for the first time (Click here for Tentative Workgroup Schedule)
  • July/August (possible September) – Workgroups meet as needed
  • August 11 – Workgroup scheduled to occur in Los Angeles
  • September – Caltrans releases the 2nd draft for public review
  • November – Caltrans finalizes RTP Guidelines
  • December or January – CTC considers final 2016 RTP Guidelines for adoption

2016 Draft RTP Guidelines – Correspondence Received

New Report

RTP Guidelines & Handbook


RTP Products & Reports

Draft RTP and EIR  Circulation Contacts

  • Draft RTP Review Circulation Contacts:

  • Draft Environmental Document Circulation Contacts:

    • Division of Transportation Planning
    • Division of Environmental Analysis, Attn: Gina Moran, Office of Environmental Management
    • High Speed Rail Authority, Attn: John Mason

Staff Contacts