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Comprehensive Transportation Projects

2018 Regional Transportation Improvement Program

View the Final 2018 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, state and TransNet, the San Diego transportation sales tax program managed by SANDAG, must be included in an approved RTIP. The programming of locally funded projects also may be programmed at the discretion of the agency.

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 28, 2018, the SANDAG Board of Directors adopted the final 2018 RTIP.  The 2019/2020 FSTIP received federal approval on December 17, 2018.

Group Project 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).' Once grouped, the MPO is required to maintain, outside of the RTIP a detail list of the projects contained in each group.

View the 2018 RTIP Grouped Project Listings.

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 information on conformity can be found on the Conformity Working Group web page.

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.

Additional information regarding this process can be found in Appendix U.7 of the Regional Plan or on the Congestion Management Process web page.

2018 RTIP Amendments

Please refer to Chapter 2 of the 2018 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. A resolution template that includes all the required clauses also is posted below under Downloads. Please check this web page for any updates to the resolution template.

View the draft amendments currently seeking public comment or in development.

Amendment No. 1: January 25, 2019
State Approval Date: February 6, 2019
Federal Approval Date: February 23, 2019

Amendment No. 2: May 10, 2019
State Approval Date: May 13, 2019
Federal Approval Date: June 19, 2019

Amendment No. 3: May 10, 2019
State Approval Date: May 16, 2019
Federal Approval Date: June 6, 2019

Amendment No. 4: May 7, 2019
State Approval Date: May 15, 2019
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 5: July 26, 2019
State Approval Date: July 31, 2019
Federal Approval Date: August 9, 2019

Amendment No. 6: September 20, 2019
State Approval Date: October 2, 2019
Federal Approval Date: Pending

Amendment No. 7: September 13, 2019
State Approval Date: N/A
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Project Manager

Sue Alpert, Senior Financial Programming Analyst
Phone: (619) 595-5318, Email:

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