Transportation Planning

Transportation Planning

As one of the 18 designated Regional Planning Affiliates (RPA) for the Iowa Transportation Commission, Upper Explorerland is tasked with the planning, programming and administration of federally-funded transportation activities in the five-county region.  Our transportation staff works regularly with the RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board, the Transportation Technical Committee, the Transportation Enhancement Committee and the Passenger Transportation Advisory Group to distribute federal transportation funds, complete the required DOT planning documents and manage RPA-1 projects in the DOT programming system (TPMS).  Transportation staff also represents the RPA 1 Board and its Committees in state and regional initiatives that work to improve or support the transportation network within the region.  UERPC transportation staff also serves as the region's transportation resource by providing ongoing assistance as requested from communities, agencies, committees and citizens.  In addition, UERPC maintains regional transportation data and provides project development assistance.
 
The RPA 1 Transportation Policy Board is comprised of representation from each of the five counties and the two communities within the region with populations over 5000, Decorah and Oelwein.  The Transportation Policy Board guides and sets policy for local transportation planning; ensures compliance with state and federal legislation; and approves funding for roads, bridges, transportation alternatives projects, and regional transit. 

Supporting the Policy Board are committees whose memberships represent expertise and/or interest in the focus of each committee:

  • The Technical Committee, which consists of the five county engineers and street department representatives from Decorah and Oelwein, serves as the Policy Board's technical advisory group.  The Technical Committee initiates, reviews and recommends regional transportation programming to the Policy Board.
  • The Enhancement Committee consists of the five county conservation directors and other regional stakeholders with interest in enhancement activities.  The committee meets to review and recommend projects for transportation alternatives funding and also works to build a sustainable and feasible trail system to provide non-vehicular travel options.
  • The Public Transportation Advisory Group (TAG) is charged with building an improved passenger transportation system for regional residents who do not have access to personal transportation options.  This group consists of local transit representatives, private transportation providers, human service providers and others concerned about transportation for non-drivers.
    • A sub-committee of the TAG, the Job Access Mobility Institute Team has been formed to work on workforce transportation in the region.  This group is focused on increasing Transit ridership and developing commuter routes with improved services and amenities. 

For more information, please contact Karla Organist.

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The TIP is an annually produced document that describes the federally funded projects and activities that are planned for the RPA 1 region in the next four years.  It is a fiscally constrained plan that identifies the use of federal funds in highway, bridge, alternatives and transit projects.  The projects identified within this document may receive federal funding from a number of different sources which are distributed through a variety of methods, some through formula, others are discretionary (earmarked) and some by a competitive granting process. 

Once approved, the TIP projects are included in the Iowa Department of Transportation's Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).  This document is available for public review on the Iowa DOT's website at:
www.iowadot.gov/program_management/stip.html.

Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP) Documents

Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP) Documents

Transportation Planning Work Program annually outlines the transportation planning activities each RPA will undertake for the next fiscal year.

Passenger Transportation Plan (PTP) Documents

Passenger Transportation Plan (PTP) Documents

The Passenger Transportation Plan is a document that is developed to serve as a mobility management tool to help meet the specific passenger transportation needs of the region and further the development of the local and regional public transportation system.  Under the new MAP-21 transportation law, annual updates will no longer be required, but the full document will be completely updated every five years.

Public Participation Plan

Public Participation Plan

The 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

Long Range Transportation Plan

The purpose of the Long Range Transportation Plan is to encourage and promote the development of a regional transportation system that incorporates all modes of transportation to provide for the safe, efficient and economical movement of people and products.  The Long Range Transportation Plan includes a description of the region's existing conditions; forecasts future population and potential growth corridors; identifies current and projected future transportation problems and needs; and explores various transportation improvement strategies to address those needs.  In addition, the plan lays out the short-term projects and long-range policy goals of the region.

Title VI Program

Title VI Program


News Headlines

The FruitGuys Community Fund

Posted: Tue, December 16, 2014

The FruitGuys Community Fund offers funding to support sustainability projects for small to mid-size farms. A primary goal of the fund is to help farms and orchards operate more sustainably and to promote advocacy that, over the long term, creates a more sustainable food system and healthier planet. Applications must be received by February 16, 2015.

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Iowa Safe Routees to School Annual Meeting

Posted: Mon, December 8, 2014

The Iowa Safe Routes to School meeting will take place on January 24, 2014 from 8:30-10:00 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. We will have two guest speakers and the theme of our meeting will focus on the best practices for building walking school bus programs.

Our first speakers, Pam Hoogerwerf, Director for Community Outreach and Injury Prevention University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and Dr. Cara Hamann, a postdoc and injury epidemiologist for the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Pam and Dr. Hamann will discuss their upcoming project, Pedal PORTAL pilot, a naturalistic bicycling study conducted in Iowa that utilized GPS-enabled helmet cameras to capture the bicycling experience of children and adults. Results presented will include descriptions of typical riding patterns, differences between adults and children, and rates of errors, near crashes, and crashes.

Ashley Christensen serves as the Regional Safe Routes to School Coordinator for Northeast Iowa and is dedicated to increasing physical activity levels among youth by enabling and encouraging students to safely walk and bicycle to and from school and in daily life. Ashley will review her guide on 10 Steps to Creating a Rural, Regional Safe Routes to School Program.

During the last part of our meeting we will be discussing Walking School Buses: Best Practices. We hope to have Walking School Bus Coordinators from around the state come to share their best practices. This is a great networking opportunity for individuals and communities to share their stories with successes and hurdles. Come sit with us and let's compare our notes on our sustainable Walking School Bus Programs.

Let’s explore our mutual mission by expanding the importance of Safe Routes to School. This meeting is a fantastic opportunity to network while growing lasting partnerships and to change the state of Iowa one safe route at a time.

For more information on the Iowa Safe Routes to School program and to register for this free meeting, please visit http://iowasaferoutes.org/ or contact Alana Croco (alana@iowabicyclecoalition.org).

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Let the Bike Rack Challenge Begin!

Posted: Fri, November 21, 2014

Thanks to generous support from the Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) and the Depot Outlet, the 2015 Bike Rack Challenge will again take place this coming spring!

The Bike Rack Challenge, a project organized by UERPC’s Northeast Iowa Safe Routes to School Program and the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, encourages biking to school and other community destinations through youth creativity, skill and leadership. Bike racks ultimately benefit the health of individuals, communities and the environment by providing a secure bike parking location, which helps people get around better by bike.

Each spring, high school industrial technology classes are challenged to construct a usable bike rack for their school or other community location using as much recycled material as possible. Classes have from January until May to design and construct their bike rack.

Again, many thanks to the ACCF and the Depot Outlet for supporting this fun, challenging and rewarding project for students and for supporting community wellness and community betterment for years to come!

Northeast Iowa schools can still sign up for the Bike Rack Challenge! Click below to learn more or contact Ashley Christensen:  563-382-6171 or achristensen@uerpc.org.

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UERPC November Newsletter

Posted: Mon, November 17, 2014

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Iowa DOT Switches Into Winter Mode
  • Employee Spotlight-Michaela Collins
  • USDA Invests in Small and Emerging Rural Businesses and Rural Transportation
  • IowaWorks-Did you Know?
  • Legislative Event
  • Eating Healthy While Managing Holiday Stress
  • UERPC Spreads Its Wings
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