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Creationg Regional Transportation Planning Organizations in Ohio

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During the 2019 National Regional Transportation Conference (June 2019, Columbus, Ohio), Andrew Shepler provided an overview of how the Ohio Department of Transportation worked with regional partners to establish Regional Transportation Planning Organizations.

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Creationg Regional Transportation Planning Organizations in Ohio

  1. 1. CREATING REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS IN OHIO
  2. 2. 2 | OUTLINE o How RPOs/RTPOs were started in Ohio o How they are set up o How they are funded o Their roles and responsibilities o What authority they have o Challenges Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPO)
  3. 3. 3 | MAP 21 LEGISLATION – 23 CFR 135 (M) Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPO)
  4. 4. 4 | HISTORY OF REGIONAL PLANNING IN OHIO Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPO)
  5. 5. 5 | EXPAND REGIONAL PLANNING TO OHIO’S NONMETROPOLITAN AREAS o Provide local elected officials and stakeholders a forum to participate in the statewide transportation planning process o Better transportation decision making in rural areas o Cover the entire state with regional transportation planning Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPO)
  6. 6. 6 | HOW IT STARTED o In the winter of 2012, ODOT issued a RFP for a Regional Transportation Planning pilot program o Offered planning funds to 2 RPOs o All 5 existing regional planning agencies applied o ODOT awarded planning grants to all 5 RPOs! o Two-year pilot program initiated in July 2013 Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPO)
  7. 7. 7 | RTPO PILOT PROGRAM COVERAGE Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPO)
  8. 8. 8 | TWO YEAR PILOT PROGRAM o Components/goals o Establish Committee Structure o Develop public involvement procedures o Lead regional rural consultation and STIP public involvement processes o Develop transportation planning/data expertise o Assist local governments with pursuing capital funding o Develop a multimodal long-range transportation plan Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPO)
  9. 9. 9 | LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN COMPONENTS o Goals and objectives o Inventory existing conditions o Project future conditions o Needs analysis o Fiscal analysis o Stakeholder participation o Plan recommendations Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPO)
  10. 10. 10 | HOW DOES AN RPO BECOME AN RTPO? 1. Complete 2 year pilot program 2. Develop an RPO committee approved regional LRTP 3. Submit plan to ODOT for acceptance 4. ODOT submits request to Governor for RPO to be formally designated as an RTPO Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPO)
  11. 11. 11 | Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPO)
  12. 12. 12 | CURRENT RPOS/RTPOS IN OHIO o January 2016 – All 5 pilot RTPOs designated o Buckeye Hills – Buckeye Hills Hocking Valley Regional Development District o LUC – Logan-Union-Champaign Regional Planning Commission o MVPO – Maumee Valley Planning Organization o OMEGA – Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association o OVRDC – Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission o July 2016 – a new pilot RPO added o CORPO – Central Ohio Regional Planning Organization Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPO)
  13. 13. 13 | CURRENT OHIO RTPO PROGRAM COVERAGE Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPO)
  14. 14. 14 | OHIO MPO-RTPO PLANNING PROGRAM COVERAGE Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPO)
  15. 15. 15 | HOW ARE THE RPO/RTPO FUNDED? o Annual Planning Program Budget: $1,034,164 o 80% Federal SPR – Part A o 10% State match o 10% Local Match o Federal/State Funds allocated based on: o $60,500 per RPO/RTPO o Balance distributed proportionally: 50% pop / 50% area o No capital funding (Yet!)
  16. 16. 16 | WHAT DO RPO/RTPO DO? o Typical work items include: o Rural consultation o RTIP o Safety and corridor studies o Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation Plans o Asset Management/Data Collection o Transit Planning o Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plans o Freight Planning o Grant writing/assisting to locals Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPO)
  17. 17. 17 | SUCCESSES / CHALLENGES o Successes o Initially, partner each RPO with a MPO mentor o Mentor relationships were the single most important key to the RPOs success o RTPOs are delivering value added transportation services to member governments o RTPOs are assisting member local governments in securing project funding o Challenge o No RTPO Capital Program Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPO)
  18. 18. 18 | ? QUESTIONS Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPO) Andrew Shepler ODOT Office of Statewide Planning & Research 1980 W. Broad St., MS 3280 Columbus, OH 43223 614.466.2348 Andrew.Shepler@dot.ohio.gov

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