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Transportation Planning and Engineering

Transportation Planning and Engineering promotes public safety and welfare through stewardship of a transportation system which provides for the safe and efficient movement of pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicular traffic. This department is responsible for developing, interpreting, and implementing codes, standards, and long-range plans related to the City’s transportation network, and for assisting internal and external customers as they work with this information. 


Services provided by this group include:  


Transportation Planning and Permitting

This section is responsible for transportation planning in the City, including maintenance of long-range planning models and coordination with regional and local planning authorities.  Part of this responsibility includes development and administration of the City’s six-year Transportation Improvement Program.    


Grants and Grant Administration

This section leads development of grant applications for transportation projects throughout the City, and reviews City-administered grants such as the Innovative Grant Program, which is intended to assist neighborhood organizations within Tacoma’s eight neighborhood council districts through support of small-scale physical improvement projects.


Neighborhood Programs

Neighborhood traffic calming helps ensure safe traffic conditions on Tacoma’s neighborhood streets. We respond to questions and concerns from residents regarding speeding, traffic safety, traffic signs, and similar issues. We also administer the City’s neighborhood traffic circle program, and the arterial and non-arterial traffic calming programs.

Traffic Engineering

Other services provided by this group include Traffic Design, Traffic Data Management and Traffic Impact and Safety Studies. Please visit our Traffic Engineering web page for further information on these topics.