March 23, 2016 – Bi-State Regional Commission adopted the 2045 Quad Cities Long Range Transportation Plan on March 23, 2016.  Five informational public meetings held drew 37 attendees and 232 website views.  Public comments focused on transit improvements, pavement maintenance and completion of projects—such as the Mississippi River Trail— passenger rail service between Chicago and Quad Cities, and reconstruction of the I-74 Mississippi River Corridor.

Two items were recommended to be added to the final document.  The Federal Transit Administration suggested adding an action item under the objective “Increase Accessibility and Mobility Options” to study the feasibility of bus rapid transit, express bus, and park-n-ride enhancements.  The other was to add a segment in the unconstrained “Projects Requiring Additional Study” along 205th Street between Bettendorf and LeClaire in Scott County in order to create an improved corridor between the two communities.  This would allow for this concept to be investigated further in the future.

The plan process reflected changes in the transportation system over the last five years and envisioned future roads, rail connections, river navigation improvements, bikeways, sidewalks, and public transit.  The travel needs in the metro area, traffic safety and congestion were evaluated.  Quad Citians want mobility options, access, and connectivity.  Between maintenance and expansion projects, over $8.9 billion is estimated to be spent on the Quad Cities transportation system for the next 30 years.  Eighteen miles of new roads and nearly 100 miles of reconstructed roads are anticipated by 2045.

In addition to roads, 280 miles of new bikeways are envisioned, including the completion of the Mississippi River Trail, a new crossing at I-74 with the reconstruction project, River to River Trail in Moline, and completion of the American Discovery Trail.  Eleven transit priority corridors have been identified to increase density and potential ridership of the three fixed-route transit systems.  By 2045, 333 buses are anticipated to be replaced and new routes implemented.  Today, 30% of streets classified as collector or greater have sidewalks on one or both sides.  The area will be working to close gaps and address “Complete Streets” corridors.  All of these facilities will enhance Quad Cities’ transportation alternatives, so residents can have greater mobility options in the future.