April 27, 2016 – Prior to the Bi-State Regional Commission agency budgeting process, staff annually prepare the Transportation Planning Work Programs (TPWP) for the Quad Cities metropolitan planning area (MPA) and Region 9, serving rural Scott County and Muscatine County.  The TPWPs reflect staff work tasks/activities for the upcoming fiscal year, and include budgets for transportation planning short and long-range activities, delineating 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.

The transportation planning effort for metro transportation planning amounts to $789,630, along with some additional planning studies and transit planning, in the urban area and $62,061 in Region 9.  The Commission approved resolutions to authorize application of the federal planning grants, assurance of match and execution of the respective grant agreements.  The Region 9 program utilizes $10,000 in local Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds to support the planning effort.