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).