Transportation Element

What is Transportation Element?

The Washington State Growth Management Act specifies transportation as a required element of a comprehensive plan. GMA requires that transportation planning and system development support the broader, long-range goals for community development. 

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The transportation element must implement and be consistent with the land use element.


The transportation element includes the following statutory sub-elements:

  • Land use assumptions used in estimating travel
  • Estimated traffic impacts
  • Facilities and service needs, including an inventory of transportation facilities and services
  • Level of service standards,
  • Actions for bringing locally owned transportation facilities or services into compliance,
  • Forecasts of traffic for at least 10 years, and
  • Identification of state and local system needs to meet current and future demands
  • Finance, including a multiyear financing plan
  • Intergovernmental coordination efforts
  • Demand management strategies and
  • Pedestrian and bicycle component

The Transportation Plan needs to be in compliance with the state, regional and county level legislation.