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Comprehensive Transportation Projects

2016 Regional Transportation Improvement Program

View the Final 2016 Regional Transportation Improvement Program.

SANDAG, as the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Regional Transportation Planning Agency, is required by state and federal laws to develop and adopt a Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP). 

The RTIP is a multi-billion dollar, multi-year program of proposed projects for major transportation projects in the San Diego region. Transportation projects funded with federal and state dollars, as well as TransNet, the San Diego transportation sales tax program, must be included in an approved RTIP. The programming of locally funded projects also may be programmed at the discretion of the agency. View the Final 2016 RTIP.

The RTIP covers five fiscal years and incrementally implements San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan, the long-range transportation plan for the San Diego region. The current Regional Plan was approved by the SANDAG Board of Directors at its meeting on October 9, 2015. 

At its meeting on September 23, 2016, the SANDAG Board of Directors adopted the final 2016 RTIP. The 2016 RTIP/2017 FSTIP received federal approval on December 16, 2016.

Federal Air Quality Conformity Requirements

Federal regulations require SANDAG to conduct an air quality conformity analysis of all regionally significant projects that increase the transportation system capacity. All regionally significant capacity increasing transportation projects regardless of funding sources must be included in the RTIP. Additional conformity information is available on the Conformity Working Group web page.

On September 23, 2016, the SANDAG Board of Directors adopted the Final 2016 RTIP (see Chapter 5 and Appendix A-6) and its conformity determination and redetermination of conformity for the San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. The U.S. DOT, in consultation with U.S. EPA, is expected to make its conformity determination by December 16, 2016.

Group Project Listing (Lump Sum Listing)

Federal regulations allow MPOs to group or combine projects that are not considered to be of appropriate scale for individual listing. Such projects may be grouped by function, work type, or geographical area and must be consistent with the exempt project classification contained in EPA’s “Transportation Conformity Regulations (40 CFR part 93).” These grouped projects are often referred to as “Lump Sum Projects Listings.” Once grouped, the MPO is required to maintain outside of the RTIP a detail list of the projects contained in each group. 

The 2016 RTIP Grouped Project Listings can be found here.

Congestion Management Process

All local agency Single Occupant Vehicle (SOV) capacity increasing projects seeking federal funds are required to perform a multimodal alternative and non-SOV analysis prior to submitting the projects for inclusion in the RTIP. Agencies are required to submit the analysis as part of the project submittal either as an upload in ProjectTrak or in a CD format. Additional information regarding this process can be found in Appendix U.7 of the Regional Plan or on the Additional information regarding this process is available on the Congestion Management Process web page or in Appendix U.7 of the Regional Plan.

2016 RTIP Amendments

Please refer to Chapter 2 of the 2016 RTIP for requirements and types of amendments SANDAG processes. Amendments are generally scheduled on a quarterly basis at SANDAG Transportation Committee meetings. Please see the Amendment Schedule posted below under Downloads.

Note: For TransNet funded local street improvement projects, agencies are required to have the proposed project amendments approved by its governing body before SANDAG takes action in the form of a signed resolution.

The due dates are final; no late submittals will be accepted. If SANDAG does not have the proper documentation that the projects were approved by its governing body, including a signed resolution, the project(s) will NOT be included in the final amendment approved by the Transportation Committee. A resolution template that includes all of the required clauses also is posted below under Downloads. Please check this web page for any updates to the resolution template.

Amendment No. 1: January 27, 2017
State Approval Date: February 7, 2017
Federal Approval Date: March 6, 2017

Amendment No. 2: February 24, 2017
State Approval Date: March 1, 2017
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 3: April 28, 2017
State Approval Date: May 2, 2017
Federal Approval Date: May 9, 2017

Amendment No. 4: April 28, 2017
State Approval Date: May 4, 2017
Federal Approval Date: June 5, 2017

Amendment No. 5: May 26, 2017
State Approval Date: June 6, 2017
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 6: July 28, 2017
State Approval Date: August 10, 2017
Federal Approval Date: August 29, 2017

Amendment No. 7: July 28, 2017
State Approval Date: August 16, 2017
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 8: October 27, 2017
State Approval Date: November 15, 2017
Federal Approval Date: December 7, 2017

Amendment No. 9: January 26, 2018
State Approval Date: January 31, 2018
Federal Approval Date: February 21, 2018

Amendment No. 10: February 23, 2018
State Approval Date: February 27, 2018
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Project Manager

Sue Alpert, Associate Project Control Analyst
Phone: (619) 595-5318, Email:

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