April 27, 2016 – Mark Bechtel, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) – Region 7, reported that as  result of the 2016 federal cooperative review of the Quad Cities metropolitan transportation planning process held April 26-27, there would be no corrective actions recommended, meaning staff are meeting expectations.  He also mentioned some commendations, as best practices in FTA-Region 7.

The review is conducted every four years as a requirement of the Metropolitan Planning section of the federal transportation act and as an obligation for receiving federal funds.  The review team included both Illinois and Iowa representatives from Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) as well as FTA.  A public hearing was held Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at the Quad Cities Transportation Policy Committee meeting to receive comments related to the effectiveness of multi-modal transportation planning activities by Bi-State Regional Commission.

The transportation planning process is important for decisions on how federal transportation funding is spent in the Quad Cities, and for prioritizing regional needs in light of funding limitations.  There are many stakeholders who can be and are involved from local, state, and federal governments; transit providers; other transportation facility operators; interest groups; and local citizens.  The process under review should be continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive.  It should address multi-modal transportation and its users and provide for public input.  Key document developed in this process include the Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP), Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Public Participation Plan (PPP), Metropolitan (Long Range) Transportation Plan (MTP), and Congestion Management Process (CMP).

FHWA and FTA representatives will accept comments on the major elements of the Quad Cities Area metropolitan transportation planning process, such as organization and management of the planning process, cooperative process, project selection, transportation improvement programming, long range planning, and other elements.  Written comments can be directed to either Mark Bechtel, Federal Transit Administration – Region VII, 901 Locust Street, Kansas City, MO 64106 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Betsy Tracy, FHWA-Illinois Division, 3250 Executive Park Drive, Springfield, IL 62703 or by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Comments will be accepted in writing through June 30, 2016.  pdf Click here for the comment form. (12 KB)