April 22, 2015 – Prior to the Bi-State Regional Commission budgeting process, staff annually prepares the Transportation Planning Work Programs (TPWP) for the Quad Cities metropolitan planning area (MPA) and Region 9, serving rural Scott and Muscatine Counties. The work programs reflect staff work tasks/activities for the upcoming fiscal year.
The TPWPs include budgets for transportation planning short and long-range activities and delineate federal, state, and local planning funds. Activities include staffing transportation meetings, technical assistance, such as grant writing and traffic or trail studies/analysis, as well as the development of various modal plans and transportation funding programming. As an example, $5.1 million dollars was programmed to roadway projects in the Quad Cities and Region 9 during the current fiscal year.
In the Bi-State Region, major transportation efforts furthered by these federal planning dollars include:
- Improve River Crossing Capacity
- Reduce Congestion and Improve Mobility Choices
- Coordinate Modes for Sustainability
- Implement Long-Range Projects and Develop Long-Range Plans
- Coordinate Passenger Transportation Opportunities
- Integrate Safety and Security
- Implement New Planning Regulations (Performance Measures, Transportation Alternatives) and Monitor Transportation Act Reauthorization
The total planning effort for urban transportation planning amounts to $830,321 in the urban area and $61,582 in Region 9. The Commission approved resolutions to authorize application of the federal planning grants and execute the respective grant agreements. The Region 9 program utilizes $10,000 in local Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds to support the planning effort.