May 24, 2017 – As part of the Bi-State Regional Commission agency budgeting process, staff annually prepare the Transportation Planning Work Programs (TPWPs) for the Quad Cities metropolitan planning area (MPA) and Region 9, serving rural Scott County and Muscatine County. The TPWPs reflect staff work/tasks/activities for the upcoming fiscal year 2018, and include budgets for transportation planning short and long-range activities, delineating federal, state, and local planning funds. Activities include staffing transportation meetings, technical assistance, such as grant writing and traffic or trail studies/analysis, as well as the development of various modal planning and transportation funding programming. These activities represent nearly 50% of the Bi-State Regional Commission budget as a whole, and are supported with matching funds from membership dues.
The transportation planning effort for metro transportation planning amounts to $845,641 in federal, state and local funding for the metro area. Additionally, some a planning study for trails and greenways in Rock Island County area and transit planning are noted in the metro area work program. In Region 9, a total effort of $61,345 is planned. The Region 9 program utilizes $9,468 in local Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program carryover funds to support the planning effort.
Overall, federal funding under the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) is flat and reflects the challenges faced nationally to find revenue sources to replenish the Highway Trust Fund in order to improve the nation’s and our Region’s transportation network. The Commission approved resolutions to authorize application of the federal transportation planning grants with the States of Iowa and Illinois, assurance of match and execution of the respective grant agreements.
Region 9 Transportation Planning Area
Quad Cities Metro Planning Area