2020 Federal Regional Transportation Plan


The SANDAG Board of Directors approved an action plan on February 22, 2019, to develop a bold new vision for the 2021 Regional Plan with the goal to transform the way people and goods move throughout the San Diego region by providing compelling alternatives to driving. While work progresses to develop this new vision, SANDAG is preparing the 2020 Federal Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) to obtain air quality conformity from the U.S. Department of Transportation and protect funding for the region’s transportation investments. Meanwhile, legislation has been introduced in the state assembly to ensure the current 2015 Regional Plan remains valid for state funding eligibility and other consistency purposes until the new plan is adopted in late 2021.

Developing the 2020 Federal RTP

The 2020 Federal RTP will look to carry forward the projects, programs, and policies included in the 2015 Regional Plan, while development of the 2021 Regional Plan continues. The 2020 Federal RTP will use the latest modeling tools and Regional Growth Forecast as well as updated costs and revenue assumptions and meet all federal RTP requirements.

Key milestones for developing the 2020 Federal RTP include:

  • July 26, 2019: SANDAG Board Meeting, Item 18: Proposed draft transportation network
  • July 22-August 21, 2019: Public comment period for proposed draft transportation network
  • October 2019: Selection of Draft 2020 Federal RTP preferred transportation network
  • December 2019-January 2020: Release Draft 2020 Federal RTP for review and comment
  • April 2020: Anticipated 2020 Federal RTP adoption and air quality conformity finding

Community Involvement

Community input is critical to creating a federal RTP that reflects the varied needs, values, and interests of the San Diego region’s residents and businesses. Input provided during the development of the 2019 Regional Plan – through a series of subregional open houses and workshops, community-based outreach events, and via an online comment tool – provided a solid foundation to start developing this plan.

Outreach for the 2020 Federal RTP will use key engagement techniques from the Public Involvement Plan for San Diego Forward: The 2021 Regional Plan, such as open houses, use of social media, an online comment tool, and visualizations. SANDAG is partnering with a regionwide network of 12 Community Based Organizations to engage low-income, minority, senior, and disabled populations in the planning process and a tribal consultation process is being implemented with the support of the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association to ensure the region’s 17 tribal nations are included. To learn more about our Community Based Organizations and our social equity efforts, please visit the Promoting Social Equity page. 

For opportunities to get involved as the process continues, visit the Community Input page or subscribe to receive email updates.

Proposed Draft Transportation Network

The 30-day public comment period for the proposed draft transportation network for the 2020 Federal RTP was available July 22-August 21, 2019 and SANDAG held an open house on August 13. Information about the proposed draft transportation network was presented at several SANDAG meetings where members of the public were welcome to join and provide comments: