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Transportation Plans and Plan Elements

Introduction

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.

This page includes links and information regarding transportation elements of comprehensive plans, transportation improvement plans, and other general transportation plans.

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.

Washington Cities

Washington Counties

Nonmotorized Transportation Plans

Quite a few jurisdictions have prepared transportation plans addressing nonmotorized transportation alternatives, such as pedestrian and bicycle plans.

Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs)

The Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program 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.

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: January 08, 2016