To carry out the regional transportation process along with the Iowa Department of Transportation, UERPC has been designated as the Regional Planning Affiliate (RPA 1). A Policy Board made up of one supervisor from each county and one representative designated by the mayor of each city with a population of 5,000 or more people (Decorah and Oelwein) guides and sets policy of local transportation planning, compliance with state and federal legislation, and approves funding for roads, enhancement projects and regional transit.
The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA-LU) requires an extensive on-going cooperative planning effort for programming federal funding addressed by the Act. The Regional and State Transportation Improvement Plan is developed by incorporating into a single document the programs funded by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration. Each year, the Region receives approximately $2,190,000 in highway improvement funds and $167,000 in transportation enhancement funds.
UERPC also assists with regional transit planning through a contract with the Iowa Department of Transportation. The Transit Development Planning Program for Iowa's Regional and Small Urban Areas is designed to promote transit planning programs that further the development of the state's public transportation systems.
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Surface Transportation Program is an annual document that lays out the individual transportation projects which each RPA will fund for the next three-year period.
The Iowa Department of Transportation's draft Iowa Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is available for public review on the Iowa DOT's website at: www.iowadot.gov/program_management/stip.html. The draft STIP identifies all projects proposed to be authorized for funding provided by the Federal Highway Administration or Federal Transit Administration during federal fiscal years 2014-2017. It includes projects for state, county, city and federal transportation systems.
Transportation Planning Work Program annually outlines the transportation planning activities each RPA will undertake for the next fiscal year.
Passenger Transportation Plan is an annually updated document that is developed to serve as a mobility management tool to help meet the specific passenger transportation needs of the region.
Public Participation Plan's outline in detail the process each RPA will follow to adequately involve the public in their transportation planning activities.
Long Range Transportation Plan's provide direction and guidance for each RPA to make efficient transportation investment decisions.