Regional Transportation Improvement Program

The Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) is a five-year investment plan that identifies projects and programs the San Diego region proposes to fund. The primary purpose of the RTIP is to incrementally implement the latest Regional Plan, which guides our regional transportation investments for the next 20 years.  

Projects funded with federal, state, or TransNet money must be included in an approved RTIP. For SANDAG projects to be incorporated in the RTIP, projects must first be included in the SANDAG Program Budget approved by the SANDAG Board of Directors. 

SANDAG is accepting public comments on RTIP Amendment No. 11 until May 24, 2024.

2023 Regional Transportation Improvement Program

The 2023 RTIP covers five fiscal years (FY 2023 through FY 2027) and incrementally implements the SANDAG 2021 Regional Plan. Through a public comment process, the RTIP is updated every two years and amended quarterly.

The SANDAG Board adopted the 2023 RTIP on September 23, 2022. The Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration approved the 2023 RTIP and its federal conformity determination in December 2022. The planned amendment schedule for the 2023 RTIP alternates between formal amendments which undergo a public comment process and administrative modifications which include minor changes.

Amendment No. 1
MPO Approval Date: January 13, 2023 
State Approval Date: January 19, 2023 
Federal Approval Date: January 27, 2023 

Amendment No. 2
MPO Approval Date: April 26, 2023
State Approval Date: N/A
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 3
MPO Approval Date: April 28, 2023
State Approval Date: May 8, 2023
Federal Approval Date: May 12, 2023

Amendment No. 4
MPO Approval Date: June 16, 2023
State Approval Date: N/A
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 5
MPO Approval Date: July 28, 2023
State Approval Date: August 10, 2023
Federal Approval Date: August 20, 2023

Amendment No. 6
MPO Approval Date: September 22, 2023
State Approval Date: N/A
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 7
MPO Approval Date: October 18, 2023
State Approval Date: N/A
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 8
MPO Approval Date: December 21, 2023
State Approval Date: N/A
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 9
MPO Approval Date: January 26, 2024
State Approval Date: February 16, 2024
Federal Approval Date: February 16, 2024

Amendment No. 10
MPO Approval Date: March 20, 2024
State Approval Date: N/A
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 11
MPO Approval Date: May 24, 2024
State Approval Date: June 6, 2024
Federal Approval Date: TBD

Amendment No. 12
MPO Approval Date: June 4, 2024
State Approval Date: N/A
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Federal Formula Funds Distribution

SANDAG is the direct recipient of federal formula funds for Surface Transportation (RSTP), Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ), and federal transit funding. By Board practice, RSTP and CMAQ funds are prioritized for regional projects included in TransNet Extension Ordinance and Plan. Transit funding is allocated by an FTA approved split agreement between SANDAG and the transit agencies in the region.

For questions about the program, contact: Richard Radcliffe, richard.radcliffe@sandag.org.

SANDAG is the direct recipient of federal formula funds for Surface Transportation (RSTP), Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ), and federal transit funding. By Board practice, RSTP and CMAQ funds are prioritized for regional projects included in TransNet Extension Ordinance and Plan. Transit funding is allocated by a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) approved split agreement between SANDAG and the transit agencies in the region.

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. View additional information on air quality planning and conformity.

SANDAG is designated by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as the Transportation Management Area (TMA) for the San Diego region. This requires SANDAG to address congestion management by analyzing multimodal strategies prior to submitting general-purpose lane, capacity-increasing projects for inclusion in the RTIP. Local agencies are required to submit the analysis as part of the project submittal in ProjectTrak. SANDAG abides by 23 CFR 450.320 to ensure the region’s continued compliance with the federal congestion management program.

2021 Regional Transportation Improvement Program Amendments

The SANDAG Board adopted the 2021 RTIP on February 26, 2021. The Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration approved the 2021 RTIP and its federal conformity determination in April 2021.

Amendment No. 1
MPO Approval Date: April 23, 2021 
State Approval Date: May 3, 2021
Federal Approval Date: May 7, 2021

Amendment No. 2
MPO Approval Date: April 23, 2021 
State Approval Date: N/A
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 3
MPO Approval Date: July 23, 2021 
State Approval Date: July 30, 2021
Federal Approval Date: August 13, 2021

Amendment No. 4
MPO Approval Date: July 21, 2021 
State Approval Date: N/A
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 5
MPO Approval Date: October 21, 2021
State Approval Date: N/A
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 6
MPO Approval Date: January 14, 2022 
State Approval Date: January 19, 2022
Federal Approval Date: January 28, 2022

Amendment No. 7
MPO Approval Date: December 9, 2021 
State Approval Date: N/A
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 8
MPO Approval Date: February 25, 2022 
State Approval Date: February 28, 2022
Federal Approval Date: March 11, 2022

Amendment No. 9
MPO Approval Date: February 23, 2022 
State Approval Date: N/A
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 10
MPO Approval Date: April 22, 2022 
State Approval Date: April 29, 2022 
Federal Approval Date: May 6, 2022

Amendment No. 11
MPO Approval Date: April 22, 2022 
State Approval Date: May 3, 2022 
Federal Approval Date: May 6, 2022

Amendment No. 12
MPO Approval Date: May 13, 2022 
State Approval Date: N/A
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 13
MPO Approval Date: July 22, 2022 
State Approval Date: July 25, 2022 
Federal Approval Date: July 29, 2022

Amendment No. 14
MPO Approval Date: August 30, 2022 
State Approval Date: N/A
Federal Approval Date: N/A

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