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


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UERPC September Newsletter

Posted: Mon, September 15, 2014

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

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UERPC August Newsletter

Posted: Mon, August 18, 2014

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

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Pavement Data Collection Vans

Posted: Wed, July 23, 2014
Last spring, the Iowa DOT expanded its pavement data collection activities to include all paved roads in the state.  Previously, data was collected only on Federal-aid routes.  The Iowa DOT is paying for this data collection as part of its efforts to promote asset management among all jurisdictions responsible for roads.  

As a result of the increased scope of data collection, we've received calls and questions from several communities about the data collection vans.  The purpose of this note is to alert you that you may observe these vans in your community.  The vans are white with an  ARAN (Automatic Road Analyzer) logo on the side.

If you would like more information about pavement data collection, the Iowa Pavement Management Program (IPMP) web site is a good resource.  The page below, which is advertising a free workshop on pavement data collection and uses, shows a picture of what the ARAN vans look like, as well as the areas of the state where pavement data collection is currently in-progress.
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UERPC July Newsletter

Posted: Tue, July 22, 2014
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