About Transportation

The Lake Tahoe Region includes three integrated regional transportation planning authorities:

  1. Specific to the Lake Tahoe Region, the Bi-State Compact (PL 96-551) states the Regional Plan shall include a transportation plan.
  2. In the State of California TRPA is the designated the Regional Transportation Planning Agency, which requires maintaining a Regional Transportation Plan.
  3. Designed by federal law, TRPA is the Metropolitan Planning Organization which provides the authority to direct federal transportation funding and requires maintaining a Long Range Transportation Plan.

TRPA’s 15-member Governing Board and a representative from the U.S. Forest Service serve as the board for the Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization. The Tahoe Transportation Commission provides the board with technical input and recommendations on transportation plans and programs. The commission also provides additional opportunity for public participation at its monthly meetings. It includes representatives from the Tahoe Transportation District, TRPA Advisory Planning Commission, Washoe Tribe of California and Nevada, and U.S. Forest Service.


As a recipient of federal grants, TRPA is required by the Federal Highway Administration to conform to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. TRPA and all of its funding recipients and contractors are required to prevent discrimination and ensure non-discrimination in all of their programs, activities, and services. This requirement is embedded in all aspects of TRPA’s programs and planning. Any person who believes they have been subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin, either individually or as a member of any specific class of persons, may file a Title VI complaint (en Espanol). Learn more here: What is Title VI? / Qué es el Título VI?