Quad Cities Metro Transportation Planning
Bi-State Regional Commission is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Davenport IA-IL urbanized area. Bi-State staff prepare transportation plans for the urbanized area, commonly known as the Quad Cities, Iowa/Illinois. Transportation planning in the urban area is a coordinated and continuing process. Its purpose is to assist communities in the implementation of transportation improvements, both short and long term. This type of planning is required before federal funds can be spent on transportation projects – streets, public transit, or bicycle facilities. Planning before implementation has the added benefit of providing a technical means of prioritizing transportation needs and aligning these priorities with available funding. Roadways, transit, railroads, waterways, airports, trails and intermodal facilities are all considered in the planning process. Local, state, and federal jurisdictions work together with support from Bi-State staff to develop planning and programming recommendations for transportation improvements. In the Quad Cities Urbanized Area, recommendations are considered by the Transportation Policy Committee composed of chief elected officials of cities and counties, Illinois and Iowa State Departments of Transportation, and the Illinois Quad Cities transit district.
Quad Cities MPO Transportation Policy Committee
In the interest of effective and efficient functioning of the Bi-State Regional Commission, delegated authority groups have been established from time to time by the Commission to expedite specific business and planning activities. The Commission has established specific guidelines or limits within the delegated authority groups. The Transportation Policy Committee is responsible for transportation planning and programming for the Davenport, IA/IL Urbanized Area. Refer to the Meetings menu for Transportation Policy Committee meetings’ calendar of dates, times and location.
Membership – Membership is as follows:
County Board Chair, Rock Island County, Illinois
County Board Chair, Scott County, Iowa
Mayor, City of Bettendorf, Iowa*
Mayor, City of Davenport, Iowa*
Mayor, City of East Moline, Illinois
Mayor, City of Moline, Illinois
Mayor, City of Rock Island, Illinois
Region Engineer, Illinois Department of Transportation
District Planner, Iowa Department of Transportation
Two Aldermen, City of Davenport
Board Chair, Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (Metro)
Caucused “chief elected official,” Iowa-side small communities
Caucused “chief elected official,” Illinois-side small communities
Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration – Iowa Division (ex-officio, non-voting)
Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration – Illinois Division (ex-officio, non-voting)
Administrator, Federal Transit Administration – Region VII Division (ex-officio, non-voting)
*Respective mayors represent transit interests of Bettendorf Transit and Davenport CitiBus
Quad Cities MPO Technical and Advisory Committees
Technical and advisory committees work to assist the Commission and its delegated authority groups, such as the Transportation Policy Committee, in each of its major planning efforts. The committees are composed of local citizens and city, county, state, and federal technical personnel concerned with daily operations affected by any plans developed. The technical committees are responsible for technical review and guidance of data collection and analysis, plan preparation, and plan review and update functions. Technical and advisory committees that assist the Transportation Policy Committee include the Transportation Technical Committee, Bi-State Regional Trails Committee, Bi-State Technology and Safety Technical Committee, the Regional Transit Interest and Advisory Group, the Bi-State Region Air Quality Task Force, and the Regional Transportation Advisory Group. Refer to the Meetings menu for a calendar of meeting dates, times and locations for these groups.