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Regional Long Range Transportation Plan Adopted
The 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the Iowa Northland Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) was adopted on December 17, 2015. The RTA consists of Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, and Grundy Counties, excluding the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan area. The purpose of the LRTP is to document the present state of transportation infrastructure in the region across all modes, and to chart a course for the maintenance and improvement of each mode based on anticipated needs and revenues.

Executive Summary
Full Document

Chapter 1 - Overview

Chapter 2 - Community Overview
Chapter 3- Roads and Bridges
Chapter 4 - Public Transit
Chapter 5- Non-motorized Transportation
Chapter 6 - Multimodal Freight Transportation

Chapter 7 - Safety and Security
Chapter 8- Environmental Review
Chapter 9- Financial Analysis
Chapter 10- Public Involvement
Appendices

A public input survey, which consisted of 12 transportation questions and seven demographic questions, was completed in 2012 as part of the LRTP development. The report below contains charts and tables showing the 194 survey results, as well as all comments submitted as part of the survey. 2012 RTA Public Input Survey

MPO Long Range Transportation Plan
The 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the Black Hawk County MPO was adopted on November 14, 2015. The MPO includes the cities of Cedar Falls, Elk Run Heights, Evansdale, Gilbertville, Hudson, Raymond, and Waterloo, as well as a portion of unincorporated Black Hawk County. The LRTP serves as a mechanism for the MPO to examine its current transportation networks, including highway, transit, bicycle, pedestrian, air, rail, and to assess their adequacy for the existing population and economy. Moreover, it gives area officials the chance to explore the future transportation needs of the community based on economic growth and population forecasts. The LRTP also provides the planning framework from which TIP projects are selected for funding. The 2040 LRTP can be viewed here.

Northeast Industrial Access Planning Study Underway
INRCOG hired AECOM out of Waterloo on behalf of the Black Hawk County Metropolitan Area Transportation Policy Board (MPO) to conduct the Northeast Industrial Access Planning Study. The purpose of the Study is to provide recommendations to address identified existing and future mobility issues related to the City of Waterloo's northeast industrial area.

FY 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Programs Available

Transportation projects proposed to receive federal aid in the next four fiscal years are included in the Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs) for the MPO and RTA. The FY 2017-2020 TIPs were approved in July 2016. The full documents are available for viewing and downloading.

FY 2017-2020 MPO TIP (Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan area)
FY 2017-2020 RTA TIP (Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, and Grundy Counties)

Safe Routes to School Study
In 2008, the Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments (INRCOG) was awarded a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation. The purpose of the grant was to facilitate a study of adequacies and deficiencies related to walking and bicycling to school for all elementary and middle/junior high schools in the metropolitan area. INRCOG hired a local consulting firm, AECOM, to conduct the study. Hellman also participated as a subconsultant for AECOM.

The study reviewed conditions around all K-8 schools in the Cedar Falls, Hudson, and Waterloo school districts, as well as parochial schools in the area. Walking and bicycling conditions were evaluated, as well as issues such as drop-off/pick-up congestion and parking lot configurations. Where appropriate, recommendations for infrastructure projects were made, and cost estimates were given.

A separate portion of the study involved an education and encouragement component aimed at working with three target schools to implement strategies to increase the number of children walking and bicycling to school. The report includes a case study from Kingsley Elementary, where the PTO developed a walking school bus program.

The desired outcome of the study is to utilize it to make infrastructure improvements that encourage children to safely walk and bicycle to school, as well as to provide information to schools to assist in efforts to encourage safe walking and bicycling practices.

The complete Safe Routes to School Report can be viewed here. An Executive Summary of the report can be viewed here. Questions or comments about the report should be directed to Kyle Durant.


Cedar Valley Trails & Recreation Guide Available


Available Services

A wide range of transportation planning services at both the metropolitan and regional level is provided by INRCOG. At the metropolitan level, INRCOG staffs and provides direction to the Black Hawk Metropolitan Area Transportation Policy Board (MPO). The MPO consists of elected officials from the six contiguous communities in the metro area as well as from Black Hawk County and representatives of the Waterloo Regional Airport and Metropolitan Transit Authority. In addition, staffing for the Iowa Northland Regional Transportation Authority (INRTA) is provided. The Policy Board for the INRTA consists of elected officials from each county Board of Supervisors within INRCOG's region as well as elected officials from two communities within each county.

To ensure that decisions relating to implementation of transportation improvements are based on current information and a sound planning process, we have established a solid working relationship with local, state and federal representatives. Though the MPO and INRTA have transportation related issues that are specific to their respective area, both organizations understand the importance of working together to improve the transportation opportunities of the region.

Grant Programs
Grant preparation services include applications for the the Revitalize Iowa's Sound Economy (RISE) program, Transportation Alternatives Set-aside program, Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP), and State Recreational Trails funds. In addition, staff participates in various transportation related studies.

Long Range Planning
Incorporating relevant modes of transportation, including highway, rail, air, non-motorized and freight, the long range planning process identifies transportation improvements that will ensure the viability of the area for the next 20 years. This information, as related to the Black Hawk County metropolitan area, is included in the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan for the MPO.

Transportation Improvement Program
Transportation Improvement Programs (TIP) are utilized to identify funding for federal aid eligible transportation improvements including highway, bridge, and transportation alternatives related projects. Copies of the MPO FY'17-20 TIP and RTA FY'17-20 TIP are available.

Non-Motorized Planning
Over the past two decades, INRCOG has played an integral role in the development of a multi-use recreational trail system in the metro area that is second to none in the state. A copy of the Cedar Valley Trail and Outdoor Recreation Guide, developed by INRCOG, is available on our recreation page.

In addition, INRCOG continues to work on non-motorized accommodations at the regional level. Non-motorized planning services include off-road and on-road planning, mapping, grant writing, trail use monitoring and technical assistance relating to project development and implementation.

Contacts

Kyle Durant, Transportation Planner

Codie Leseman, Transportation Planner

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