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Transportation Plans and Plan Elements

This page provides examples of local transportation plans in Washington State, including transportation elements of comprehensive plans, transportation improvement plans, and other general transportation plans.

COVID-19 Update: On June 30, Governor Inslee signed Proclamation 20-61, temporarily suspending the requirement for cities and towns to update their transportation improvement plans (TIPs) annually by July 1. This requirement is suspended through 11:59 PM on July 30. This effectively extends the deadline for cities and towns to adopt their TIPs to July 31 this year.


The Washington State Growth Management Act requires that transportation planning and system development support the broader, long-range goals for community development. The Growth Management Act specifies transportation as a required element of a comprehensive plan (RCW 36.70A.070(6)).

The transportation element must implement and be consistent with the land use element. The transportation element includes the following statutory sub-elements: land use assumptions used in estimating travel; estimated traffic impacts to state-owned transportation facilities; facilities and services needs, including an inventory, level of service standards, actions for bringing locally owned transportation facilities or services into compliance, forecasts of traffic for at least 10 years, and identification of state and local system needs to meet current and future demands; finance; intergovernmental coordination efforts; demand management strategies; and a pedestrian and bicycle component.

Transportation Elements of Comprehensive Plans

The following are selected examples of transportation elements of comprehensive plans from Washington cities and counties. This section also includes separate transportation plans that have been adopted an element of a comprehensive plan.



Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs)

All cities, towns, and counties are required to develop and adopt a six-year transportation improvement program (TIP), also known as a transportation improvement plan. (See RCW 35.77.010 for cities and RCW 36.81.121 for counties.)

The TIP is a short-range planning document that is annually updated and shows the sources and amount of funding for transportation improvement projects planned for the next six years. Below are selected examples.



Nonmotorized Transportation Plans



Local Transportation Studies and Plans

Local governments conduct numerous transportation studies, and the following are a few selected examples of transportation studies and plans.

Last Modified: July 10, 2020