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 Casey Mai.

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

Notifying the Public of Rights Under Title VI
UPPER EXPLORERLAND REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION – RPA 1

RPA 1 operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.  Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with RPA 1.

For more information on RPA 1’s civil rights program, and the procedures to file a complaint, review the “FTA Title VI Program – RPA 1” document below; call 563-382-6171 or 563-382-6311 (for deaf/hard of hearing use Relay Iowa 711); email rhowe@uerpc.org; or visit our administrative offices at 325 Washington Street, Decorah, Iowa or 134 Greene Street, Postville, Iowa.

A complainant may file a complaint directly with the RPA by filing a complaint form with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission Attention: Title VI Program Coordinator, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, Iowa 52101; or 134 West Greene Street, Postville, Iowa 56162, 563-382-6171 or 563-864-7551, rhowe@uerpc.org.  

A complaint may also be filed with the Federal Transit Administration by filing a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, Attention: Title VI Program Coordinator, East Building, 5th Floor-TCR, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20590; or with Iowa Department of Transportation, Office of Employee Services – Civil Rights, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa 50010, 515-239-1422, dot.civilrights@dot.iowa.gov.

If information is needed in another language, RPA 1 utilizes Language Services Associates.

News Headlines

UERPC March Newsletter

Posted: Tue, March 22, 2016
Some of the headlines you can read about:
*Annual STEM Festival
*Sam Whitehead replaces Organist at FCED
*Christensen Attends Conference in Minnesota
*EDA Priorities
*Audit Complete
*Financing Options for Small Business
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UERPC February Newsletter

Posted: Mon, February 15, 2016

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • USDA Community Facility Loan Program
  • Board Member Spotlight - Denise Schneider
  • Expansion Planned in Decorah
  • Brownfields Workshop
  • Retirement Party for Mary
  • Audit Complete
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American Heart Association Hosts Safe Routes to School Legislative Breakfast at Iowa State Capitol

Posted: Mon, January 18, 2016

The American Heart Association of Iowa held their first Legislative Breakfast of 2016 on Wednesday, January 13th at the Iowa State Capitol focusing on the need for a state funded Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program.  As a federally-funded program, SRTS provides the financial resources to repair sidewalks, hire crossing guards, and remove the barriers that discourage parents from allowing their students to walk to school.  Because Iowa has received limited federal funds, the American Heart Association is encouraging the state legislature to invest $1.8 million to create a state-funded Safe Routes to School program.

Supporters and volunteers from across the state joined the American Heart Association at the Iowa State Capitol to talk with their lawmakers about why they support a state-funded SRTS program due to the health, safety and economic benefits it will provide for all Iowans, and especially children.  Supporters were able to talk with approximately 50 Iowa legislators who were in attendance at the breakfast including Senator Liz Mathis, Representative Dave Heaton, Senator Mike Gronstal, Representative Linda Miller, Senator Janet Petersen and Representative Dave Maxwell, who is also a heart disease survivor.  

One supporter who came to talk with legislators at the event was Ashley Christensen, Safe Routes to School Coordinator for Northeast Iowa.  She talked about the health benefits saying, “Children today are not getting enough physical activity which leads to many health issues.  And one of the best ways to create more opportunities for our children to be active is through supporting Safe Routes to School.”

There are safety and economic benefits, along with many others, that a SRTS program would provide as well.  It would cut down on pedestrian accidents because in areas without sidewalks, children are twice as likely to be struck by a vehicle.  And allowing school districts to cut even just one bus route would save a school district $37,000 per year, easing the financial burden on schools already struggling with budget cuts.

To learn more about Safe Routes to School in Iowa the public is encouraged to contact the American Heart Association’s Safe Routes to School Campaign Manager Carrie Mueller at Carrie.Mueller@heart.org or 515-414-3212 or visit www.HealthierIowa.com.

About the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association:
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.

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UERPC January Newsletter

Posted: Mon, January 18, 2016

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Transportation Alternatives Project (TAP) Applications due February 26, 2016
  • Board Member Spotlight-Mark Kuhn
  • Surface Transportation Project (STP) Applications due February 26, 2016
  • I-Walk Project
  • Housing Fund Receives Grant
  • UERPC Hosts Annual Legislative Event
  • Safe Routes Approved for Funding
  • IowaWorks Did you Know-Apprenticeships
  • IARC Hosts Legislative Event at Capitol
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