TRPA receives funding for transportation plans and projects through a variety of federal, regional, and state programs. Funding is used for capital projects, operations and maintenance, transit services, and local and regional transportation planning. TRPA works with communities and agency partners to invest in projects that improve bicyclist and pedestrian mobility, reduce vehicle emissions, revitalize local economies, improve recreation, and conserve and restore the environment.
2015 Federal Transportation Improvement Program
A four-year program of funded highway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects in various stages of development through 2018. It incorporates projects that receive federal funds, are subject to federal action, or are regionally significant. Learn more about the Federal Transportation Improvement Program.
Nevada Statewide Transportation Improvement Program
This new program implemented by Nevada Department of Transportation allows the department, in partnership with local agencies, to adopt and amend various transportation improvement programs and the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program electronically via a web-based application. TRPA enters only transportation projects on the Nevada side of the basin into this application.
California State Transportation Improvement Program
Every even-numbered year, the California Transportation Commission adopts the program to prioritize the anticipated federal and state revenues that will be available for transportation projects in California over the next five years. The current programming cycle covers fiscal years 2016-17 through 2020-21. Seventy-five percent of the anticipated funding is allocated to regional agencies and 25 percent of the anticipated funding is allocated to Caltrans. TRPA, as the Regional Transportation Planning Agency, is required to prepare and submit a Regional Transportation Improvement Program to the California Transportation Commission. View the 2016 Regional Transportation Improvement Program.
Surface Transportation Block Grant Program
Promotes flexibility in state and local transportation decisions and provides funding to best address state and local transportation needs. States and localities can use the funding to preserve or improve the condition and performance of any federal-aid highway, as well as certain local roads, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and transit capital. Funding can also be used for planning projects and intercity passenger projects. Local, state, and regional government entities are all eligible to apply for funding. The goal of TRPA’s program is to implement the Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy and enhance the transportation system to provide mobility, social, and environmental improvements. Learn more about the Federal Surface Transportation Block Grant Program.
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program
Provides flexible funding for state and local government transportation projects and programs that help meet the requirements of the federal Clean Air Act. Funding is available for areas that do not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter pollution. The El Dorado County portion of the Lake Tahoe Region is eligible for this funding. Learn more about California’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program.
Transportation Development Act
The Transportation Development Act of 1971, enacted by the California Legislature was passed to improve public transportation services in compliance with regional transportation plans. TRPA is a state-designated regional transportation planning agency and is responsible for the administration of the Transportation Development Act funds received for the Lake Tahoe Region. TRPA is also required to have a Social Services Transportation Advisory Council (SSTAC) that assists in the unmet needs process. The Unmet Transit Needs Report is a product of the annual unmet transit needs process.
Nevada Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)
Provides federal funding for transportation projects that improve non-motorized travel options, scenic accessibility, walking and biking routes to schools, vegetation management, lighting, handicap accessibility, or help meet other transportation goals.
California Active Transportation Program
This program promotes bicycle and pedestrian projects that support SB 375 goals and provides approximately $129.5 million funding per grant cycle. The program is funded through a mix of federal and state funds. Metropolitan planning organizations with populations over 200,000 receive 40 percent of the Active Transportation Program funding for local distribution.
Additional Funding Resources
Many grant opportunities are available for local jurisdictions, advocacy groups, school districts, and nonprofits to complete projects and planning at Lake Tahoe. Learn how local transportation projects have been funded on the Environmental Improvement Program Project Tracker. For more information, read the funding sections in the Active Transportation Plan and Regional Transportation Plan. Additionally, keep up to date with funding opportunities through the California Strategic Growth Council, California Department of Transportation, and Nevada Department of Transportation.