What is the WTP?
The Washington Transportation Plan (WTP 2035) is a comprehensive and balanced statewide transportation plan that establishes a 20-year vision for the development of the statewide transportation system, from state highways and ferries to sidewalks and bike paths, county roads, city streets, public transit, air and rail. WTP 2035 identifies significant statewide transportation issues, and recommends statewide transportation policies and strategies to the legislature and Governor (RCW 47.01.071(4)). By law, WTP 2035 is required to be consistent with state’s growth management goals, reflect the priorities of government, and address regional needs, including multimodal transportation planning.
WTP 2035 is based on the following six transportation policy goals established by the Legislature:
PRESERVATION: To maintain, preserve, and extend the life and utility of prior investments in transportation systems and services.
SAFETY: To provide for and improve the safety and security of transportation customers and the transportation system.
MOBILITY: To improve the predictable movement of goods and people throughout Washington state.
ENVIRONMENT: To enhance Washington’s quality of life through transportation investments that promote energy conservation, enhance healthy communities, and protect the environment.
STEWARDSHIP: To continuously improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of the transportation system.
ECONOMIC VITALITY: To promote and develop transportation systems that stimulate, support and enhance the movement of people and goods to ensure a prosperous economy.
What is the WTP update?
The following tasks are planned to update the previous WTP and ensure that it remains relevant given changing conditions:
- Review and summarize relevant document, reports and policy development since 2010
- Use recent data to establish baseline conditions and identify system deficiencies
- If necessary, update state vision and goals from WTP 2030
- Identify the 20-year investment needs of state and local transportation across all modes
- Conduct public outreach & communications campaign and incorporate feedback