Transportation Plan Update

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The Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) mandates that Pierce County to plan to meet future needs. The Pierce County Transportation Element maps out the county's plan for keeping up with traffic demand needs to 2030.

The Transportation Plan contains policies that apply both countywide and for specific Community Plan Areas. The GMA also mandates that the Transportation Element covers a wide range of topics, which include:
  1. Land use assumptions factored to estimate transportation usage;
  2. Impacts of the plan to state roadways;
  3. Projects and services to keep up with the travel needs;
  4. Inventory of transportation services and facilities;
  5. Service standards for our roadways;
  6. Actions that would bring these roadways into compliance if our usage exceeds the service standards;
  7. Travel forecasts going forward at least ten years;
  8. Identify state and local needs to meet current and future needs;
  9. Transportation Demand Management Strategies;
  10. Interagency coordination; and
  11. An Active Transportation/Nonmotorized component.
The Transportation Element (The full document is slow to open.)
The full Transportation Element

Sections of the Plan

Table of Contents
Countywide Policies
Technical Sections Preface
Existing Conditions and Trends, including Service Level Methodology
Current Transportation Plans, Programs and Projects
Population, Jobs, Travel Characteristics and Performance
The Recommended Plan
Financing the Transportation Future
Active Transportation/Nonmotorized Transportation
Transportation Demand Management (TDM)
Implementing the Plan

The Pierce County Council adopted the Comprehensive Plan in August 2015 with an effective date of June 30, 2016. View the full Comprehensive Plan and public meeting schedule.

Prior Documents

Many planning documents were made before the current 2015 Comprehensive Plan process.

The DRAFT Transportation Plan Preview was produced in March 2009. It was part of an attempt to update the Transportation Plan. It showed a range of potential land use and transportation alternatives for the future. It was delayed for the Comprehensive Plan update. The Preview was not adopted by council but serves as an important template for current and future planning work.

Old transportation planning documents can be accessed here at the links below.
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