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Posted on: March 9, 2023

Transportation Commission Seeks Community Input at March 16th Virtual Workshop

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The Nevada County Transportation Commission is hosting a virtual workshop to get community input on the County's Regional Transportation Plan. Learn about the update of the Nevada County Regional Transportation Plan and how you can help shape the vision for the long-range regional transportation system in Nevada County!

What: Nevada County Transportation Commission Virtual Workshop

When: March 16th, 2023 at 6:30 pm

Join: Register for the Zoom meeting

For more information, contact NCTC at 530-265-3202.

What is the Nevada County 2045 Regional Transportation Plan Update?

This local update is a long-range transportation funding plan that identifies the needed transportation improvements to support the existing and future population needs. The update builds upon the adopted 2018 Nevada County RTP. This update will address the objectives and requirements outlined in the California Transportation Commission’s 2017 RTP Guidelines and the Transportation Development Act (TDA). 

Key requirements of an RTP include:

  • Long-Range (RTP must look out least a 20-year into the future)
  • Multimodal (RTP must identify vehicular, goods movement, bicycle, walking and transit needs of the County)
  • Performance-Based (RTP must track system performance to support improvement recommendations)
  • Financially Constrained (RTP projects costs cannot exceed the anticipated funding revenue over planning horizon)
  • Public Outreach and Interagency Consultation (RTP must be informed through public input)
  • Environmental Justice / Social Equity (RTP must address the relative distribution of costs and benefits to all sectors of the County’s population)
  • Air Quality (RTP must aim to reduce health-based and climate change pollutants from transportation sources)

Why is the RTP Important?

First and foremost, the RTP is the mechanism  that enables projects to go from a concept to reality. The plan identifies the vision for the County and lays out the following:

  • Establishes long-range transportation goals and policies to meet current and future transportation needs. 
  • Identifies transportation priorities for Nevada County. 
  • Identifies and prioritizes programs, actions and a plan for projects to be consistent with the adopted goals and policies.
  • Establishes eligibility of transportation projects and programs listed in the RTP for state or federal funding.
  • Guides the development of the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP). 

Public input is not required for the RTP, but is essential that residents have the opportunity to aid in the identification of existing transportation issues and future needs.

What Type of Projects are Included in the RTP?

The RTP contains a variety of transportation projects and programs to ensure the safety, mobility, and efficiency of the transportation system. Below are samples of projects that may be included in the RTP:

  • Roadway or intersection improvements that correct vehicular safety issues.
  • Providing sidewalks to destinations where they don’t exist.
  • Creating a connected bikeway system.
  • Reducing roadway congestion and improving travel time for goods movement.
  • Improvements that aid in reducing tourism impacts.
  • Transit services that run more frequent. 
  • Bridge repairs to maintain structural integrity.

Communities Covered by the NCTC RTP

  • Alta Sierra
  • Floriston
  • City of Grass Valley
  • City of Nevada City
  • Graniteville
  • Kingsvale
  • Lake of the Pines
  • Lake Wildwood
  • North San Juan
  • Penn Valley
  • Rough and Ready
  • Soda Springs
  • Truckee
  • Washington

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