Transportation Planning

Transportation Planning

As one of the 18 designated Regional Planning Affiliations (RPA) for the Iowa Transportation Commission, Upper Explorerland is tasked with planning, programming, and administering state- and federally-funded, multi-modal transportation activities in our five-county region (RPA-1). Our planners work 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, oversee state- and federally-required transportation planning activities, and manage RPA-1 projects in the Iowa DOT programming system. Our planners also represent the RPA-1 Board and its Committees in state and regional initiatives that work to improve or support the multi-modal transportation network within the region. UERPC planners also serve as the region's transportation resource by maintaining regional transportation data, assisting in project development, and providing technical support and planning assistance to the communities, agencies, and committees of our region.
 
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 5,000, Decorah and Oelwein. The Transportation Policy Board guides and sets policy for regional distribution of state and federal transportation funding for streets, roads, walking and bicycling infrastructure, and transit, and ensures compliance with state and federal rules and regulations.

Advising 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 representatives from Decorah and Oelwein, advises the Policy Board on matters of roadway maintenance and operations and recommends projects to receive funding.
  • The Enhancement Committee consists of the five county conservation directors and other regional stakeholders with interest in ctive transportation and economic development activities. The committee meets to review and recommend projects for transportation alternatives funding and also works to build a sustainable regional trail system to provide non-vehicular travel options.
  • The Public Transportation Advisory Group (TAG) is charged with building and operating a coordinated passenger transportation system to support those who do not have access to personal transportation options or who choose not to drive or own a car. This group consists of local transit representatives, private transportation providers, human services providers, and others concerned about transportation for non-drivers.

For more information, please contact Aaron Detter.

Please note: There is a known issue with the Iowa's TAP Application form (linked below) when using a browser other than Internet Explorer (IE). If using a browser other than IE please do the following:
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Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The TIP is an annual document that describes the federally funded projects and activities that are programmed 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, walking, bicycling, 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 RPA-1 TIP is included in the Iowa Department of Transportation's Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).



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. As of previous federal transportation legislation (MAP-21), annual updates will no longer be required. The PTP will undergo a full update 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 (LRTP)

Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)

RPA-1’s Long-Range, Multimodal Transportation Plan, Safe Mobility for Everyone, has a planning horizon year of 2045—25 years counted from the year of adoption and rounded up by one year to reach a decade midpoint. The plan is intended to guide transportation investments and policy in the five-county region in support of a transportation system that is safe for all users and modes, and that facilitates the efficient movement of people and goods. The plan includes a description of the region's existing conditions; identifies current transportation challenges; anticipates potential future needs; and explores various strategies for addressing those challenges and needs. The plan identifies short-term and long-term projects and policy goals and discusses potential funding sources to aid in achieving the goals of the plan. This document also serves as a source of information for local decisionmakers and elected officials of the region.

The RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board adoped Safe Mobility for Everyone as the region’s official, long-range, multimodal transportation plan via resolution on September 19, 2019.

Hard copies of Safe Mobility for Everyone are available for reference at both UERPC office locations, as well as the following public libraries in our region: Waukon, New Albin, Lansing, Elkader, Strawberry Point, Oelwein, Fayette, West Union, Ossian, Calmar, Guttenberg, and Cresco.

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

Public Comments Sought on State Public Transportation Plan

Posted: Tue, May 19, 2020

The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) is nearing completion of Iowa's long-range public transportation plan. The plan is available for review by the public and Iowa DOT will accept feedback on the plan until July 1.

After the public comment period, public feedback will be considered and incorporated into the plan. The plan will then be presented to the Iowa Transportation Commission for final approval and publication.

For more information on the plan and how you can submit comments, click here.

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The UERPC May 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Tue, May 19, 2020

The UERPC May 2020 Newsletter is here!  http://uerpc.org/newsletters.html

Highlights include:

  • REMINDER:  UERPC Offices Remain Closed to the Public
  • Input from Business, Attraction and Organization Leaders Needed by May 22nd
  • COVID-19 Info for Business Leaders
  • COVID-19 Updates from Iowa Workforce Development
  • Iowa DOT State Recreation Trails Program Accepting Applications Through July 1st
  • Praise Received from Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund Client
  • REMINDER:  UERPC Offices will be closed on Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day
  • Employee Spotlight:  Sarah Snitker
  • NEICAC Offering Free Home Deliveries
  • Census Workers Still Needed Across the State
  • UERPC Receives $5,000 from Bank of the West for Affordable Housing 
  • Looking to Make an Impact? Iowa Needs You. 
  • COVID-19 Volunteer Needs
  • "UP" with Iowa
  • May 5-2-1-0 Feature:  May is Bike Month!

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The UERPC April 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, April 20, 2020

The UERPC April 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/5e31fb34476b/uerpc-april-2020-newsletter-3195449

Highlights include:

  • See Inspiring Acts? Share With #IowansUnite
  • Changes to Iowa Workforce Development Services
  • Helpline Providing Guidance For ALL Businesses Applying for Funding Assistance During the COVID-19 Emergency
  • City of Fort Atkinson Awarded CDBG Water/Sewer Award
  • UERPC Accepting Applications for Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Programs
  • UERPC Region Visits Homes for Iowa Project
  • Employee Spotlight:  Karine Schager
  • CDBG Housing Fund Application Period Now Open
  • CANCELLED:  Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival in Decorah
  • REMINDER:  Don't Forget to Fill Out Your Census! 
  • Census Workers Still Needed Across The State
  • Thank You To Out-Going UERPC Board Members
  • UERPC Staff Outing at Waukon Wellness Center
  • April 5-2-1-0 Feature:  How To Practice Healthy Habits At Home
  • REMINDER:  UERPC Offices Remain Closed to the Public

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Section 8 COVID19 Memo 3.25.20- Tenants and Landlords

Posted: Wed, March 25, 2020

MEMO

Date:             March 23rd, 2020

To:                Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Participants & Landlords

From:          Upper Explorerland Regional Housing Authority (UERHA) Management

Subject:      COVID-19 Operations & Services

 

EFFECTIVE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25TH, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please be advised, effective Wednesday, March 25th until further notice, Upper Explorerland Regional Housing Authority will be implementing the following measures to project our staff, tenants, and stakeholders:

  • Recertification deadlines will be extended as need demands
  • Closure of Section 8 office to the public with staff working remotely
  • Suspension of in person inspections  (self-certification inspections will be implemented)
  • Suspension of terminations 
  • Suspension of voucher issuance for current and new clients
  • Suspension of moves and portability
  • Landlord payments will continue to be processed
    however delays may be experienced

Our staff will continue to serve clients both remotely and in office as required to complete essential functions.  We ask that all communication be done through phone, email, fax and/or the dropbox located outside our office 134 West Greene Street, Postville, Iowa 52612.  Voicemails will be checked several times per day and your call will be returned within 24 hours. The best way to contact staff during this time is via email.  Please see attached document for additional information.

Capacity will be limited during this time; we ask for your patience
during this rapidly changing situation. 

These are challenging times, but we are here for you. We echo our governor’s guidance and strongly urge you to follow public health directives stay home if ill or experiences symptoms.  We will continue to keep you updated on UERHA services during this unprecedented public health crisis.  Further changes will be posted on our website at http://uerpc.org/regional-housing-authority.html

  

Staff Contacts:

Staff can be contacted via email at the following:

You may also leave a voicemail at (563) 864-7551.  Voicemails will be returned within 24 hours of your call. 

Submission of Information:

Tenants and landlords may submit documents to Upper Explorerland through the following means:

  • Email (see above)
  • Postal Mail-134 West Greene Street, Postville, IA 52162
  • Drop-box located outside our offices at the address above
  • Fax-(563) 864-7535

Reporting Income Changes

To report a change in income the change must be anticipated to last longer than 30 days.  Income changes should be reported within 14 days of the change occurrence. Changes in assistance as a result of an income change will take effect in the month following the report.  Due to a the COVID-19 pandemic we will be allowing tenants to self-certify income changes with follow up verification.  Please contact your caseworker to obtain a income change request form.

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