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RPO America Virtual peer
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Transportation Programs in
RTPO/RPO world
May 16, 2024
Agenda
• Welcome
• Introductions- Please type your name, title and organization name
in the chat!
• NADO & RPO America
• Presentations
• Breakout sessions
• Q & A
About NADO
• National association for 540 regional development
organizations, including emerging network of Rural
Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs or
RPOs);
• Promote public policies that strengthen local
governments, communities and economies through
the regional strategies, coordination efforts and
program expertise of the nation’s regional
development organizations.
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NADO Board of Directors formed RPO America in 2006 as the
national professional network for regional rural/small metro
transportation professionals
• Member services program within NADO
• All NADO members are automatically also members of RPO
America
• RPO America has a leadership group called the RPO Council
Emergence of Regional Transportation
Planning
• ISTEA (1991)
• Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act
• TEA-21 (1998)
• Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century
• SAFETEA-LU (2005)
• Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity
Act: A Legacy for Users
• 2003 FHWA/FTA planning regulations were adopted
implementing language on rural planning and state-local
consultation.
https://ruraltransportation.org/about-rtpos/rtpo-states/
Recent history: RTPOs in MAP-21 (2012),
FAST Act (2015), IIJA (2021)
• Structure: policy committee, fiscal agent
• Basic regional planning, TA duties outlined
• State outreach to local officials separate from public outreach
• State roles:
• “Cooperate” with RTPOs on LRTP
• “Consult” with RTPOs on Interstate, Bridge, NHS, 5310, 5311
projects in STIP
• “Cooperate” with RTPOs on other projects in STIP for areas with
a population under 50,000
• “Consult” with RTPOs on Strategic Highway Safety Plan
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https://RuralTransportation.org/about-rtpos/rtpo-states/
Regional Transportation Planning Models
RTPO Structures and Functions
• Usually found within an existing organization
• Fiscal agent, administrative support
• Professional planning support
• Policy board makeup
• Existing regional organization’s board
• Majority local governments
• Transportation mode operators, owners, or key stakeholders
• Major stakeholder reps: health, business, other
• State DOT (voting or non-voting)
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What do RTPOs do?
• Assist the state with public outreach and outreach specifically to
local government officials
• Support locals with the technical transportation issues in their
communities
• Prioritize local needs at the regional level = larger voice
Speakers
• Chris Whitaker, Local assistance director from Region 12
COG in Iowa
• Jennifer O’Connor, Planning Director from Northern Arizona
Council of Governments
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Exchange
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Region XII Planning Affiliation
Carroll, Iowa
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RPAs in Iowa
12
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Region XII COG Profile
• Organized
1973
• 6 Counties
• 56 Cities
• 72,167 People
• Two Divisions
• Local
Assistance
• Western Iowa
Transit –1977
Structure
• Region XII Policy Council
– Approves TPWP, TIP, Passenger
Transportation Plan and Transportation
Plans
• Region XII Executive Board
– Amendments and Revisions of Document
and Programs
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Advisory Committees
• Technical Advisory Committee
– 6 County Engineers, 2 Large City
Engineers, Public Transit Rep and Ex-
Officio Members
• Provides Technical Assistance and
Guidance for the Planning Process
• Recommends TPWP, TIP and Plans for
Approval
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• Transit Roundtable XII Committee
– Region XII Staff, New Hope Village,
Empowerment Agencies, Elderbridge
Agency on Aging, Community
Opportunities, Howard Center, RSVP,
Private Charter, and Ex-Officio Members
• Input Regarding Public Transit and
Passenger Transportation Coordination
• Recommends Passenger
Transportation Plan and Updates
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• Bike-Ped Roundtable
– 18 Members and Ex-Officio Members
– 6 Conservation Directors
– 2 Trail Advocates from each county
• Input on Trail Development,
Maintenance and Promotion
• Assists with Trail Counts
• Roundtable for Bike-Ped Facilities
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• County Transportation Stakeholders
• Grass Roots Citizen Input Groups
– Vary Greatly from County to County
– TAC Members, IDOT, Conservation,
Economic Development, Cities,
Supervisor, 2-4 Business Interests
• Annual Meeting in Each County
– Virtual Online Input on STBG and
Transportation Alternatives Application
– Surveys
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RPA XII TASKS
• TPWP
• Public Participation Process (PPP)
– Technical Assistance, Grants, Advocacy
• Transportation Improvement Program
(TIP)
– STBG, Transportation Alternatives, HSIP,
Bridge and Transit Funding
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• Passenger Transportation Plan (PTP)
– WIT Capital Improvement Plan and Operations
Plan
• Transportation Data Collection (TDC)
• Long Range Transportation
• Special Projects
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RPA XII Special Projects
• Transit Facility Feasibility Studies
• Traffic Counters and Counts
• Retroreflectometers
• Sign Inventories
• Recreational Trail Counters
• Solar Speed Detection Signs
• Corridor and Traffic Studies
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Transit Feasibility Studies
• Carroll Main Facility Expansion
• Satellite Transit Storage
– 7 to 10 Units
– Light Maintenance
– Centralized Operations and Office
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Traffic Counters and Counts
• Need for Good Local Data
• IDOT Counts every 4 year (plus another 1
year to get the counts)
• Collective Purchase
• 8 Tube Counters & a Turn Count
Movement Board
• AADT, Trucks, Speed, and Peak Traffic
Data
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Retroreflectometers and Sign
Inventories
• Retroreflectometers
– Cooperative Purchase
– Meet MUTCD 2A.09 Minimum
Retroreflectivity Compliance
– 80% STP Funds
– 20% County/City Match
• Sign Inventories
– Interns for 2 summers
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Recreational Trail Counters
• Need for Data on Usage (or lack of)
• Limited IDOT Data and not Well Shared
• 27 Trafx Counters
– 80% STP and 20% County Conservation Board
and Cities and Trail Groups
• 12 Eco Counters
– 80% STP
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RPA XII Special Projects
• All Driven Locally
• TAC Members
• Local Governments
• Transportation Stakeholders
• Call for Projects Annually
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TPWP Budget
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Region XII Council of Governments
Chris Whitaker, Local Assistance Director
Carroll, Iowa
www.region12cog.org
cwhitaker@region12cog.org
Northern Arizona Council of Governments
Planning Activities in No. Arizona
Jenn O’Connor
NACOG Planning Director
Northern Arizona Council of Govts.
• Geography:
- 47,967 square miles
- Approx. 42% of Arizona
- About the size of New York
- 2 Small MPO’s – Flagstaff
and Prescott areas
Northern Arizona Council of Govt.s
• Geography:
- 22 Cities and Towns
- Ex. Sedona, Page, Show Low
- 4 Counties
- 7 Tribes
- Nat’l Forests and Parks
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In Sum: Combination of highly rural
areas made up of counties, cities,
small towns, unincorporated
communities, tourist destinations
and tribes
Northern Arizona Council of Govt.s
• Population:
- 334,400 people
- 18.6% of the state pop.
- Diverse make-up
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Race and Hispanic
Origin Yavapai Coconino Apache Navajo
White, not Hispanic 79.3% 53.5% 18.1% 42%
American Indian 2.2% 27.5% 74.5% 44.6%
Hispanic/Latino 15.3% 14.9% 7.1% 12.1%
Tribal Partners
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• NACOG Region:
– 7 Tribes, including:
• Navajo Nation
• Hopi Tribe
• Yavapai-Apache Nation
– 3 Additional Tribes share
boundaries with other COGs
NACOG Vision
Rooted in its rich diversity and history, Northern
Arizona is a vibrant region to live, work, grow, and
connect.
NACOG Mission
Our mission is to respond to relevant and emerging
issues through creative and collaborative services,
planning, education, and advocacy.
Regional Planning Team
Jennifer O'Connor, Planning Director
 Strategic Planning, Project Management, Studies, Safety
Investments, Funding
Vacant, Transportation Planner
 Data and GIS, Project Management, Roads, Infrastructure,
Safety
Tod Morris, Sr. Mobility Management Planner
 Passenger Transportation, 5310, 5311
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Level of Participation in TAC and Activities
• Turnover and staffing shortages at local jurisdictions
• Local participation is voluntary
Extremely large region with high needs means NACOG
has to prioritize where to spend time/energy
Elected Officials Need to be Educated on Complex Topic
• Increase communication with elected officials at the
local and state level to support funding and projects
Challenges/Barriers
Available funding too small to meet the needs
• STBG funding has not increased in years and inflation has
meant that jurisdiction struggle to find projects
Smaller jurisdictions have limited capacity
• Even once projects are awarded, they can struggle with
implementation
• However, Local First Arizona provides free grant-writing
services
Challenges/Barriers
NACOG’s Work in the Region
• On behalf of ADOT and USDOT
– Overview of Regional Planning Activities
– Funding Sources and Associated Activities
• NACOG-Initiated Activities
– Crash Data Analysis
– Tribal Partnerships
– Rural School Bus Route Study
– BIL Supports
Regional Planning Activities
• Rural Consultation and Technical Assistance
• Project Programming in the Transportation
Investment Plan (TIP)
• Grant Program Coordination
• Functional Classification & Urban Boundaries
• Liaison between local agencies & ADOT for
project funding
• Data Acquisition and Maintenance
• Transportation Planning
Funding Sources for Local Jurisdictions
- Exchange federal for state funds to remove expensive
and time-consuming federal regulatory requirements
- Subject to fund sweeps by legislature to pay for DPS
- $1.8 million annually for NACOG
- 94.3%/5.7% match rate
Surface Transportation Block Grant – Federal Funds
Highway User Revenue Fund - State
- Federal: BIL
- State: Off-System Bridge Program, HSIP, Transp.
Alternatives
State Match Advantage for Rural
Transportation (SMART) Fund
• Reimbursement of up to 50% of eligible costs associated
with grant development and submission of an application
for a federal discretionary grant
• Reimbursement of 100% of design and other engineering
services expenditures
• Reimbursement of non-federal match for a Bipartisan
Infrastructure Law grant
New Funding Source in 2022
AZ SMART Fund – Funding Availability
Total funding of $62.5 million: $12.5 million in each
of the five categories
New 2024 Legislation makes COGs and MPOs eligible to apply
ADOT Muni < 10K Muni 10K + County < 100K County 100K +
Total Revenue
Legislative Appropriations/1 12,500,000
$ 12,500,000
$ 12,500,000
$ 12,500,000
$ 12,500,000
$
Interest Earnings To Date 559,620
$ 559,676
$ 559,679
$ 559,679
$ 559,679
$
Total Revenue 13,059,620
$ 13,059,676
$ 13,059,679
$ 13,059,679
$ 13,059,679
$
Total Approved
Grant Development 4,600
$ 50,000
$
Match Awards 3,537,057
$ 6,437,407
$ 3,300,000
$ 4,047,342
$
Design & Engineering 3,750,000
$ 7,770,223
$ 6,311,707
$ 3,200,000
$ 770,000
$
Miscellaneous/Overhead 100,000
$
Total 7,387,057
$ 7,774,823
$ 12,749,114
$ 6,550,000
$ 4,817,342
$
Available for Awards 5,672,563
$ 5,284,853
$ 310,565
$ 6,509,679
$ 8,242,337
$
AZ SMART Fund Balances
ADOT Muni <10K Muni 10K + County <100K County 100K +
Total Revenue
LegislativeAppropriations/1 12,500,000
$ 12,500,000
$ 12,500,000
$ 12,500,000
$ 12,500,000
$
Interest Earnings To Date 559,620
$ 559,676
$ 559,679
$ 559,679
$ 559,679
$
Total Revenue 13,059,620
$ 13,059,676
$ 13,059,679
$ 13,059,679
$ 13,059,679
$
Total Approved
Grant Development 4,600
$ 50,000
$
Match Awards 3,537,057
$ 6,437,407
$ 3,300,000
$ 4,047,342
$
Design & Engineering 3,750,000
$ 7,770,223
$ 6,311,707
$ 3,200,000
$ 770,000
$
Miscellaneous/Overhead 100,000
$
Total 7,387,057
$ 7,774,823
$ 12,749,114
$ 6,550,000
$ 4,817,342
$
Available for Awards 5,672,563
$ 5,284,853
$ 310,565
$ 6,509,679
$ 8,242,337
$
AZSMART Fund Balances
• Annual regional
allocation ~$1.8M
• Sub-regional
allocations derived
from census
STBG Funding – Roadway Infrastructure
Transportation Investment Plan (TIP)
FISCAL
YEAR
SUB-REGION AGENCY ALLOCATION
FY 24
Apache Springerville $410,647
Coconino Williams $289,413
Navajo Navajo Co. $617,000 ($555,300 HX)
Yavapai Clarkdale $738,664 ($664,780 HX)
FY 25
Apache Apache Co. $996,294 ($896,665 HX)
Coconino Williams* $289,413
Navajo Show Low $617,000
Yavapai Camp Verde $369,322
FY 26
Apache Springerville $410,647
Coconino Coconino Co. $289,413
Navajo Holbrook $617,000
Yavapai Camp Verde $369,322
FY 27
Apache St. Johns $410,647
Coconino Coconino Co. $289,413
Navajo Snowflake $617,000
Yavapai Yavapai
County
$369,322
Traffic Count Program
• Consultant-contracted
• 1,115 count locations
• $162,070 in ADOT SPR
• Not to duplicate local
collection efforts
State Planning and Research (SPR) Funds
Opportunities:
1. Regional Transp. Safety Plan
2. Tribal Partnerships
3. Rural School Bus Route Study
4. BIL Supports
NACOG-Initiated Activities
Navajo Code Talkers played a major role in
winning the war in the South Pacific during
WWII by providing an efficient code that the
Japanese never cracked.
• Addresses safety from a regional perspective to reduce risk of
death and serious injury to transportation users
• Is data driven and engages stakeholders
• Will establish a framework identifying objectives, strategies, and
performance measures for transportation safety
• Will create or lead to federal BIL grant eligibility opportunities
for NACOG, CYMPO, and MetroPlan and respective member
agencies
NACOG Safety Plan
Regional Transportation Safety Plan
• NACOG region roadway fatalities per capita triple statewide
rate
• High number of crashes in all Counties (Apache, Coconino,
Navajo, Yavapai)
• High crashes in Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Navajo Nation,
Sedona, and Show Low
• Extremely high number of fatal crashes in Navajo Nation
and Yavapai County
Key Findings from Crash Data
Given the crashes in the Verde Valley (Yavapai County, Camp
Verde, Cottonwood and Sedona), NACOG applied for and
received SS4A funding for a VV Transportation Safety Plan
RTSP – Interactive StoryMaps
RTSP – Interactive StoryMaps
2020 Vision in Action
• Hopi Tribe for 5-Year Transit Study (Completed in 2023)
• Highway Safety Improvement Program application (2022)
• Participation in Regional Priority Projects List process (‘22, ‘24)
• Partnership project with ADOT and three Navajo Chapters on
Safety Corridor Study (2024 SS4A Planning Grant application)
• Rural School Bus Route Study
Tribal Partnerships
• Brought forward by State Transportation Board Chair
- Long travel times for students with potential for long
weather delays or cancellation
- Need for rural school bus route roadway improvements
- Make connection to student performance outcomes
• Project Scope
- Roadway infrastructure and maintenance, bus pull-outs
- Potential partners: Az Dept. of Education, ADOT Tribal
Liaisons, Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Counties, Transit,
School Districts, private sector
Rural School Bus Route Study
Rural School Bus Route Study
Application Support
- Maintain database of potential projects based on site visits
and conversations with jurisdictions
- AZ SMART Fund marketing
- Future collaboration with NAU Economic Policy Institute
for Economic Impact Analyses (free of charge)
- Quick and easy BIL program Fact Sheets
BIL Supports
Collaboration Among COGs
1. Rural Transportation Summit
2. Rural Transportation Advocacy Council
3. Regional Priority Project List
Power of Networks Across the State
• State:
– 4 COGs
– 6 Small MPO’s
– 2 Large MPO’s (TMA’s)
• Region: 30 members
governments
Rural Transportation Summits
• First conducted in 1999
• Statewide rural response to urban areas
• Forum for education, dialogue, and policy
development
• Strong participation from state legislators
Rural Transportation Advocacy
Council (RTAC)
• Statewide rural transportation coalition
• Formed as an outcome of 2001 Rural Summit
• Full-time legislative liaison to monitor legislature
and ADOT re policy issues
• Funded collectively by rural COG’s and small MPO’s
• Greater visibility for rural interests
State Budget and Earmarks
2021 STATE BUDGET
• $213 million in one-time general
fund spending for specified
highway projects
LESS THAN $1 MILLION IN NACOG
REGION PROJECTS IN 2021 (0.5%)
2022 STATE BUDGET
• $1 billion in one-time general fund spending for
infrastructure
ONLY $41.3 MILLION IN NACOG REGION PROJECTS IN 2022 (4.1%)
Priority Project List
Potential funding opportunity
Surplus state funding (state legislature)
RTAC’s Advisory Committee allocation for
NACOG region: $75.3 million (2023/24)
NACOG designed an open and competitive process
NACOG coordinates outreach to state legislators and
education of local elected officials
Example of NACOG’s “Legislative Advocacy”
FY 24 Regionally Significant Project List Map
Priority Project List
City of Cottonwood – Main Street Pavement
Preservation and Roundabout
Scoring Criteria
High
(20 points)
 Demand/Project
Need (20)
 Connectivity (20)
 Economic & Social
Benefits (20)
Low
(5 points)
 Past Maintenance
Expense (5)
 Project Readiness
(5)
 [Support for
Planning Project
(10)]
Medium
(10 points)
 Safety (10)
 Local Leveraging (10)
 Alternate Modes
(10)
Goal for the High Priority Project List: Projects that have been
vetted at the regional level (this process) and have some level of
readiness (applicant can take action if selected).
Scoring Criteria
Looking Down the Road – FY25
• 2024 Regional Priority Projects List - $100M
• Verde Valley Transportation Safety Plan, expanding
into Master Transportation Plan
• Continue site visits and expanding list of potential
grant projects
• Ultimate goal: development of long range
transportation plan and support successful BIL
applications
• Pursue NACOG applications for BIL funding (SS4A,
PROTECT)
Looking Down the Road – FY25
Jenn O’Connor
NACOG Planning Director
joconnor@nacog.org
(928) 543-9144
Contact Information
Q & A
Carrie Kissel, Associate Director
ckissel@nado.org
Bret Allphin, Senior Program Manager
ballphin@nado.org
Krishna Kunapareddy, Program Manager
kkunapareddy@nado.org
Slides & recording will be posted to
https://ruraltransportation.org/
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  • 1. RPO America Virtual peer exchange Transportation Programs in RTPO/RPO world May 16, 2024
  • 2. Agenda • Welcome • Introductions- Please type your name, title and organization name in the chat! • NADO & RPO America • Presentations • Breakout sessions • Q & A
  • 3. About NADO • National association for 540 regional development organizations, including emerging network of Rural Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs or RPOs); • Promote public policies that strengthen local governments, communities and economies through the regional strategies, coordination efforts and program expertise of the nation’s regional development organizations. 3
  • 4. NADO Board of Directors formed RPO America in 2006 as the national professional network for regional rural/small metro transportation professionals • Member services program within NADO • All NADO members are automatically also members of RPO America • RPO America has a leadership group called the RPO Council
  • 5. Emergence of Regional Transportation Planning • ISTEA (1991) • Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act • TEA-21 (1998) • Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century • SAFETEA-LU (2005) • Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users • 2003 FHWA/FTA planning regulations were adopted implementing language on rural planning and state-local consultation. https://ruraltransportation.org/about-rtpos/rtpo-states/
  • 6. Recent history: RTPOs in MAP-21 (2012), FAST Act (2015), IIJA (2021) • Structure: policy committee, fiscal agent • Basic regional planning, TA duties outlined • State outreach to local officials separate from public outreach • State roles: • “Cooperate” with RTPOs on LRTP • “Consult” with RTPOs on Interstate, Bridge, NHS, 5310, 5311 projects in STIP • “Cooperate” with RTPOs on other projects in STIP for areas with a population under 50,000 • “Consult” with RTPOs on Strategic Highway Safety Plan 6
  • 8. RTPO Structures and Functions • Usually found within an existing organization • Fiscal agent, administrative support • Professional planning support • Policy board makeup • Existing regional organization’s board • Majority local governments • Transportation mode operators, owners, or key stakeholders • Major stakeholder reps: health, business, other • State DOT (voting or non-voting) 8
  • 9. What do RTPOs do? • Assist the state with public outreach and outreach specifically to local government officials • Support locals with the technical transportation issues in their communities • Prioritize local needs at the regional level = larger voice
  • 10. Speakers • Chris Whitaker, Local assistance director from Region 12 COG in Iowa • Jennifer O’Connor, Planning Director from Northern Arizona Council of Governments
  • 11. RPO America Virtual Peer Exchange May 16, 2024 Region XII Planning Affiliation Carroll, Iowa 11
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  • 14. Region XII COG Profile • Organized 1973 • 6 Counties • 56 Cities • 72,167 People • Two Divisions • Local Assistance • Western Iowa Transit –1977
  • 15. Structure • Region XII Policy Council – Approves TPWP, TIP, Passenger Transportation Plan and Transportation Plans • Region XII Executive Board – Amendments and Revisions of Document and Programs 15
  • 16. Advisory Committees • Technical Advisory Committee – 6 County Engineers, 2 Large City Engineers, Public Transit Rep and Ex- Officio Members • Provides Technical Assistance and Guidance for the Planning Process • Recommends TPWP, TIP and Plans for Approval 16
  • 17. • Transit Roundtable XII Committee – Region XII Staff, New Hope Village, Empowerment Agencies, Elderbridge Agency on Aging, Community Opportunities, Howard Center, RSVP, Private Charter, and Ex-Officio Members • Input Regarding Public Transit and Passenger Transportation Coordination • Recommends Passenger Transportation Plan and Updates 17
  • 18. • Bike-Ped Roundtable – 18 Members and Ex-Officio Members – 6 Conservation Directors – 2 Trail Advocates from each county • Input on Trail Development, Maintenance and Promotion • Assists with Trail Counts • Roundtable for Bike-Ped Facilities 18
  • 19. • County Transportation Stakeholders • Grass Roots Citizen Input Groups – Vary Greatly from County to County – TAC Members, IDOT, Conservation, Economic Development, Cities, Supervisor, 2-4 Business Interests • Annual Meeting in Each County – Virtual Online Input on STBG and Transportation Alternatives Application – Surveys 19
  • 20. RPA XII TASKS • TPWP • Public Participation Process (PPP) – Technical Assistance, Grants, Advocacy • Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) – STBG, Transportation Alternatives, HSIP, Bridge and Transit Funding 20
  • 21. • Passenger Transportation Plan (PTP) – WIT Capital Improvement Plan and Operations Plan • Transportation Data Collection (TDC) • Long Range Transportation • Special Projects 21
  • 22. RPA XII Special Projects • Transit Facility Feasibility Studies • Traffic Counters and Counts • Retroreflectometers • Sign Inventories • Recreational Trail Counters • Solar Speed Detection Signs • Corridor and Traffic Studies 22
  • 23. Transit Feasibility Studies • Carroll Main Facility Expansion • Satellite Transit Storage – 7 to 10 Units – Light Maintenance – Centralized Operations and Office 23
  • 24. Traffic Counters and Counts • Need for Good Local Data • IDOT Counts every 4 year (plus another 1 year to get the counts) • Collective Purchase • 8 Tube Counters & a Turn Count Movement Board • AADT, Trucks, Speed, and Peak Traffic Data 24
  • 25. Retroreflectometers and Sign Inventories • Retroreflectometers – Cooperative Purchase – Meet MUTCD 2A.09 Minimum Retroreflectivity Compliance – 80% STP Funds – 20% County/City Match • Sign Inventories – Interns for 2 summers 25
  • 26. Recreational Trail Counters • Need for Data on Usage (or lack of) • Limited IDOT Data and not Well Shared • 27 Trafx Counters – 80% STP and 20% County Conservation Board and Cities and Trail Groups • 12 Eco Counters – 80% STP 26
  • 27. RPA XII Special Projects • All Driven Locally • TAC Members • Local Governments • Transportation Stakeholders • Call for Projects Annually 27
  • 29. 29 Region XII Council of Governments Chris Whitaker, Local Assistance Director Carroll, Iowa www.region12cog.org cwhitaker@region12cog.org
  • 30. Northern Arizona Council of Governments Planning Activities in No. Arizona Jenn O’Connor NACOG Planning Director
  • 31. Northern Arizona Council of Govts. • Geography: - 47,967 square miles - Approx. 42% of Arizona - About the size of New York - 2 Small MPO’s – Flagstaff and Prescott areas
  • 32. Northern Arizona Council of Govt.s • Geography: - 22 Cities and Towns - Ex. Sedona, Page, Show Low - 4 Counties - 7 Tribes - Nat’l Forests and Parks 32 In Sum: Combination of highly rural areas made up of counties, cities, small towns, unincorporated communities, tourist destinations and tribes
  • 33. Northern Arizona Council of Govt.s • Population: - 334,400 people - 18.6% of the state pop. - Diverse make-up 33 Race and Hispanic Origin Yavapai Coconino Apache Navajo White, not Hispanic 79.3% 53.5% 18.1% 42% American Indian 2.2% 27.5% 74.5% 44.6% Hispanic/Latino 15.3% 14.9% 7.1% 12.1%
  • 34. Tribal Partners 34 • NACOG Region: – 7 Tribes, including: • Navajo Nation • Hopi Tribe • Yavapai-Apache Nation – 3 Additional Tribes share boundaries with other COGs
  • 35. NACOG Vision Rooted in its rich diversity and history, Northern Arizona is a vibrant region to live, work, grow, and connect. NACOG Mission Our mission is to respond to relevant and emerging issues through creative and collaborative services, planning, education, and advocacy.
  • 36. Regional Planning Team Jennifer O'Connor, Planning Director  Strategic Planning, Project Management, Studies, Safety Investments, Funding Vacant, Transportation Planner  Data and GIS, Project Management, Roads, Infrastructure, Safety Tod Morris, Sr. Mobility Management Planner  Passenger Transportation, 5310, 5311 36
  • 37. Level of Participation in TAC and Activities • Turnover and staffing shortages at local jurisdictions • Local participation is voluntary Extremely large region with high needs means NACOG has to prioritize where to spend time/energy Elected Officials Need to be Educated on Complex Topic • Increase communication with elected officials at the local and state level to support funding and projects Challenges/Barriers
  • 38. Available funding too small to meet the needs • STBG funding has not increased in years and inflation has meant that jurisdiction struggle to find projects Smaller jurisdictions have limited capacity • Even once projects are awarded, they can struggle with implementation • However, Local First Arizona provides free grant-writing services Challenges/Barriers
  • 39. NACOG’s Work in the Region • On behalf of ADOT and USDOT – Overview of Regional Planning Activities – Funding Sources and Associated Activities • NACOG-Initiated Activities – Crash Data Analysis – Tribal Partnerships – Rural School Bus Route Study – BIL Supports
  • 40. Regional Planning Activities • Rural Consultation and Technical Assistance • Project Programming in the Transportation Investment Plan (TIP) • Grant Program Coordination • Functional Classification & Urban Boundaries • Liaison between local agencies & ADOT for project funding • Data Acquisition and Maintenance • Transportation Planning
  • 41. Funding Sources for Local Jurisdictions - Exchange federal for state funds to remove expensive and time-consuming federal regulatory requirements - Subject to fund sweeps by legislature to pay for DPS - $1.8 million annually for NACOG - 94.3%/5.7% match rate Surface Transportation Block Grant – Federal Funds Highway User Revenue Fund - State - Federal: BIL - State: Off-System Bridge Program, HSIP, Transp. Alternatives
  • 42. State Match Advantage for Rural Transportation (SMART) Fund • Reimbursement of up to 50% of eligible costs associated with grant development and submission of an application for a federal discretionary grant • Reimbursement of 100% of design and other engineering services expenditures • Reimbursement of non-federal match for a Bipartisan Infrastructure Law grant New Funding Source in 2022
  • 43. AZ SMART Fund – Funding Availability Total funding of $62.5 million: $12.5 million in each of the five categories New 2024 Legislation makes COGs and MPOs eligible to apply ADOT Muni < 10K Muni 10K + County < 100K County 100K + Total Revenue Legislative Appropriations/1 12,500,000 $ 12,500,000 $ 12,500,000 $ 12,500,000 $ 12,500,000 $ Interest Earnings To Date 559,620 $ 559,676 $ 559,679 $ 559,679 $ 559,679 $ Total Revenue 13,059,620 $ 13,059,676 $ 13,059,679 $ 13,059,679 $ 13,059,679 $ Total Approved Grant Development 4,600 $ 50,000 $ Match Awards 3,537,057 $ 6,437,407 $ 3,300,000 $ 4,047,342 $ Design & Engineering 3,750,000 $ 7,770,223 $ 6,311,707 $ 3,200,000 $ 770,000 $ Miscellaneous/Overhead 100,000 $ Total 7,387,057 $ 7,774,823 $ 12,749,114 $ 6,550,000 $ 4,817,342 $ Available for Awards 5,672,563 $ 5,284,853 $ 310,565 $ 6,509,679 $ 8,242,337 $ AZ SMART Fund Balances ADOT Muni <10K Muni 10K + County <100K County 100K + Total Revenue LegislativeAppropriations/1 12,500,000 $ 12,500,000 $ 12,500,000 $ 12,500,000 $ 12,500,000 $ Interest Earnings To Date 559,620 $ 559,676 $ 559,679 $ 559,679 $ 559,679 $ Total Revenue 13,059,620 $ 13,059,676 $ 13,059,679 $ 13,059,679 $ 13,059,679 $ Total Approved Grant Development 4,600 $ 50,000 $ Match Awards 3,537,057 $ 6,437,407 $ 3,300,000 $ 4,047,342 $ Design & Engineering 3,750,000 $ 7,770,223 $ 6,311,707 $ 3,200,000 $ 770,000 $ Miscellaneous/Overhead 100,000 $ Total 7,387,057 $ 7,774,823 $ 12,749,114 $ 6,550,000 $ 4,817,342 $ Available for Awards 5,672,563 $ 5,284,853 $ 310,565 $ 6,509,679 $ 8,242,337 $ AZSMART Fund Balances
  • 44. • Annual regional allocation ~$1.8M • Sub-regional allocations derived from census STBG Funding – Roadway Infrastructure
  • 45. Transportation Investment Plan (TIP) FISCAL YEAR SUB-REGION AGENCY ALLOCATION FY 24 Apache Springerville $410,647 Coconino Williams $289,413 Navajo Navajo Co. $617,000 ($555,300 HX) Yavapai Clarkdale $738,664 ($664,780 HX) FY 25 Apache Apache Co. $996,294 ($896,665 HX) Coconino Williams* $289,413 Navajo Show Low $617,000 Yavapai Camp Verde $369,322 FY 26 Apache Springerville $410,647 Coconino Coconino Co. $289,413 Navajo Holbrook $617,000 Yavapai Camp Verde $369,322 FY 27 Apache St. Johns $410,647 Coconino Coconino Co. $289,413 Navajo Snowflake $617,000 Yavapai Yavapai County $369,322
  • 46. Traffic Count Program • Consultant-contracted • 1,115 count locations • $162,070 in ADOT SPR • Not to duplicate local collection efforts State Planning and Research (SPR) Funds
  • 47. Opportunities: 1. Regional Transp. Safety Plan 2. Tribal Partnerships 3. Rural School Bus Route Study 4. BIL Supports NACOG-Initiated Activities Navajo Code Talkers played a major role in winning the war in the South Pacific during WWII by providing an efficient code that the Japanese never cracked.
  • 48. • Addresses safety from a regional perspective to reduce risk of death and serious injury to transportation users • Is data driven and engages stakeholders • Will establish a framework identifying objectives, strategies, and performance measures for transportation safety • Will create or lead to federal BIL grant eligibility opportunities for NACOG, CYMPO, and MetroPlan and respective member agencies NACOG Safety Plan
  • 49. Regional Transportation Safety Plan • NACOG region roadway fatalities per capita triple statewide rate • High number of crashes in all Counties (Apache, Coconino, Navajo, Yavapai) • High crashes in Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Navajo Nation, Sedona, and Show Low • Extremely high number of fatal crashes in Navajo Nation and Yavapai County Key Findings from Crash Data Given the crashes in the Verde Valley (Yavapai County, Camp Verde, Cottonwood and Sedona), NACOG applied for and received SS4A funding for a VV Transportation Safety Plan
  • 50. RTSP – Interactive StoryMaps
  • 51. RTSP – Interactive StoryMaps
  • 52. 2020 Vision in Action • Hopi Tribe for 5-Year Transit Study (Completed in 2023) • Highway Safety Improvement Program application (2022) • Participation in Regional Priority Projects List process (‘22, ‘24) • Partnership project with ADOT and three Navajo Chapters on Safety Corridor Study (2024 SS4A Planning Grant application) • Rural School Bus Route Study Tribal Partnerships
  • 53. • Brought forward by State Transportation Board Chair - Long travel times for students with potential for long weather delays or cancellation - Need for rural school bus route roadway improvements - Make connection to student performance outcomes • Project Scope - Roadway infrastructure and maintenance, bus pull-outs - Potential partners: Az Dept. of Education, ADOT Tribal Liaisons, Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Counties, Transit, School Districts, private sector Rural School Bus Route Study
  • 54. Rural School Bus Route Study
  • 55. Application Support - Maintain database of potential projects based on site visits and conversations with jurisdictions - AZ SMART Fund marketing - Future collaboration with NAU Economic Policy Institute for Economic Impact Analyses (free of charge) - Quick and easy BIL program Fact Sheets BIL Supports
  • 56. Collaboration Among COGs 1. Rural Transportation Summit 2. Rural Transportation Advocacy Council 3. Regional Priority Project List
  • 57. Power of Networks Across the State • State: – 4 COGs – 6 Small MPO’s – 2 Large MPO’s (TMA’s) • Region: 30 members governments
  • 58. Rural Transportation Summits • First conducted in 1999 • Statewide rural response to urban areas • Forum for education, dialogue, and policy development • Strong participation from state legislators
  • 59. Rural Transportation Advocacy Council (RTAC) • Statewide rural transportation coalition • Formed as an outcome of 2001 Rural Summit • Full-time legislative liaison to monitor legislature and ADOT re policy issues • Funded collectively by rural COG’s and small MPO’s • Greater visibility for rural interests
  • 60. State Budget and Earmarks 2021 STATE BUDGET • $213 million in one-time general fund spending for specified highway projects LESS THAN $1 MILLION IN NACOG REGION PROJECTS IN 2021 (0.5%) 2022 STATE BUDGET • $1 billion in one-time general fund spending for infrastructure ONLY $41.3 MILLION IN NACOG REGION PROJECTS IN 2022 (4.1%)
  • 61. Priority Project List Potential funding opportunity Surplus state funding (state legislature) RTAC’s Advisory Committee allocation for NACOG region: $75.3 million (2023/24) NACOG designed an open and competitive process NACOG coordinates outreach to state legislators and education of local elected officials Example of NACOG’s “Legislative Advocacy”
  • 62. FY 24 Regionally Significant Project List Map
  • 63. Priority Project List City of Cottonwood – Main Street Pavement Preservation and Roundabout
  • 64. Scoring Criteria High (20 points)  Demand/Project Need (20)  Connectivity (20)  Economic & Social Benefits (20) Low (5 points)  Past Maintenance Expense (5)  Project Readiness (5)  [Support for Planning Project (10)] Medium (10 points)  Safety (10)  Local Leveraging (10)  Alternate Modes (10) Goal for the High Priority Project List: Projects that have been vetted at the regional level (this process) and have some level of readiness (applicant can take action if selected).
  • 66. Looking Down the Road – FY25
  • 67. • 2024 Regional Priority Projects List - $100M • Verde Valley Transportation Safety Plan, expanding into Master Transportation Plan • Continue site visits and expanding list of potential grant projects • Ultimate goal: development of long range transportation plan and support successful BIL applications • Pursue NACOG applications for BIL funding (SS4A, PROTECT) Looking Down the Road – FY25
  • 68. Jenn O’Connor NACOG Planning Director joconnor@nacog.org (928) 543-9144 Contact Information
  • 69. Q & A
  • 70. Carrie Kissel, Associate Director ckissel@nado.org Bret Allphin, Senior Program Manager ballphin@nado.org Krishna Kunapareddy, Program Manager kkunapareddy@nado.org Slides & recording will be posted to https://ruraltransportation.org/ Connect with NADO

Editor's Notes

  1. Good morning/good afternoon Thanks for joining this session
  2. I will turn it over to Robert Heitt for opening remarks! Thanks Robert RPO America is conducting this virtual peer exchange on what a rural transportation planning program (such as an RTPO or RPO) is, how does transportation programs work in RPOs across the country and learning experiences from RPO peers. After two presentations from regional organizations in different states, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss rural transportation planning program opportunities and challenges with other peers.
  3. NADO is a national association… NADO helps promote…
  4. What is RPO America?
  5. The field of regional-level rural transportation planning has existed in a very small number of states since the 1970s, around the same time that many metropolitan areas were solidifying their approach to transportation planning through metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) that were formed following the 1962 Federal-Aid Highway Act. Rural transportation planning greatly expanded after Congress passed the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) in 1991, with its emphasis on local participation, and the 1998 Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) that elevated the role of rural local officials in statewide planning. The federal planning regulation 2003 (and again in 2007 after the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) was passed) outlined the required process for nonmetropolitan local official consultation in statewide planning.
  6. From the federal policy perspective, RTPOs were considered a stakeholder to the planning process, but they were not defined until the 2012 law Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) which established a common set of tasks and institutional structures for the voluntary organizations. This provided a pathway for federal recognition, with prescribed responsibilities and relationships. The nation’s first RTPOs were designated according to the federal definition in January 2016 in Ohio. Many other regional organizations also continue to conduct regional planning activities in non-metropolitan areas in support of statewide planning without the official RTPO designation.
  7. Some RPOs are including a new task that is more “RPO focused”. For example, First Tennessee RPO has included “rural planning initiatives such as working on bike/ped plans, access management studies” as well as “electric vehicle infrastructure planning and resiliency task to support with EV related planning and climate change issues”
  8. 15 Counties 4 Rural COGs Northern, Western, Central, SouthEastern 6 Small MPOs Flagstaff, Central Yavapai, Yuma, Sierra Vista, Lake Havasu, Sun Corridor 2 Large MPOs, also know as Transportation Management Areas (TMA’s) Phoenix & Tucson metro areas
  9. Jenn joined NACOG in September 2016 as a part-time consultant; became a full-time transit planner in May 2017. Previously worked 6 years as a Transportation Planner at PAG. Tod joined NACOG in January 2018.
  10. 15 Counties 4 Rural COGs Northern, Western, Central, SouthEastern 6 Small MPOs Flagstaff, Central Yavapai, Yuma, Sierra Vista, Lake Havasu, Sun Corridor 2 Large MPOs, also know as Transportation Management Areas (TMA’s) Phoenix & Tucson metro areas
  11. Prioritization of projects for Regional and State TIPs Data Acquisition Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) Section 5310 Program Monitoring Population Estimates & Projections 3. Grant Program Coordination Transportation Enhancement Program Section 5310 Special Needs Transit Program 4. Transportation Planning Regional, Sub-regional & local plans Support development of AZ Long Range Transportation Plan Regional Transit Development Program
  12. HURF Exchange - The funding enables local public agencies (LPAs) to build projects using state funding, avoiding expensive and time-consuming federal regulatory requirements, including environmental clearances through NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act). By exchanging STBG funds for HURF Exchange funding, cities, towns, and counties are able to build projects faster and cheaper by avoiding expensive and time-consuming federal regulatory requirements.
  13. This graph gives you a sense of how our TIP funding is dispersed across the NACOG Region. Our federal apportionment is based on the ADOT population formula and we receive about $2M per year in STBG funds. We are unique compared to other COGs and MPOs because we use a funding rotation method rather then a competitive process for the STBG funds. This was established in 2010 in an effort to allow each jurisdictions to plan according for their funding. NACOG apportions funds to each sub-region (each of the 4 counties) based on population, using the same method as ADOT.
  14. In early 2020, the NACOG Technical Subcommittee (TSC) decided to use unspent SPR funding to conduct the FY2021 NACOG Traffic Count Collection Update. Across the NACOG region, there are currently 781 traffic count locations (on Federal Function Classification (FCC) roads classified as minor collector or higher) where a traffic count is currently needed, either due to not being counted for a number of years or the creation of a newly classified FFC roadway. The NACOG region has the highest number of outdated/missing traffic counts on FFC roadways (minor collector or higher) of all of the AZ COGs. This Agreement includes 1,115 traffic count locations for FY2021. Locations for FY2021 were categorized into four priority categories:   Priority 1: Bagdad, Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Eagar, Holbrook, Jerome, Page, Pinetop-Lakeside, Sedona, Show Low, Snowflake, Springerville, St. Johns, Taylor, Tuba City, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Williams, Winslow Priority 2: Apache-Sitgreaves NF, BIA, Coconino NF, Grand Canyon NP, Kaibab NF, Peoria, Petrified Forest NP, Prescott NF Priority 3: (minor arterial & major collector roads) Apache County, Coconino County, Navajo County, Yavapai County, Private Priority 4: (minor collector) Apache County, Coconino County, Navajo County, Yavapai County, Private   This project will also have available capacity in FY22-24 for additional traffic count locations.
  15. Opportunities for NACOG to make a difference in the region.
  16. Concho Snowflake Highway – Install intersection warning signs
  17. Note: Tribes receive transportation funding directly from the federal government; however, the needs are great and we seek to support them whenever possible.
  18. 15 Counties 4 Rural COGs Northern, Western, Central, SouthEastern 6 Small MPOs Flagstaff, Central Yavapai, Yuma, Sierra Vista, Lake Havasu, Sun Corridor 2 Large MPOs, also know as Transportation Management Areas (TMA’s) Phoenix & Tucson metro areas
  19. 15 Counties 4 Rural COGs Northern, Western, Central, SouthEastern 6 Small MPOs Flagstaff, Central Yavapai, Yuma, Sierra Vista, Lake Havasu, Sun Corridor 2 Large MPOs, also know as Transportation Management Areas (TMA’s) Phoenix & Tucson metro areas
  20. Continued example of the type of information NACOG provides to its members.
  21. Continued example of the type of information NACOG provides to its members.
  22. Continued example of the type of information NACOG provides to its members.
  23. The Rural Transportation Advocacy Council (RTAC) has decided to respond to the states 2021 approach to allocating one-time funding for transportation projects, by working with the COGs and MPOs to develop a Priority Project list valued at $50 million. The NACOG region has been allocated $9.2 million based on population. The RTAC is made up of elected officials from the rural and small-urban communities from across the state and the group is administered by Kevin Adam, who gives our legislative updates. The list of Priority Projects will be submitted to the 2022 session of the state legislature as a single bill. Since state tax collections are still significantly over projects, the hope is that the legislators would support this additional funding for rural and small urban infrastructure projects. Funding Amounts The RTAC Advisory Committee, which consists of the Greater AZ COG/MPO directors, is recommending the following approach. 1. The total project list value will be $50 million. 2. Each Greater AZ COG/MPO would be allocated an amount proportional to their population. 3. No COG/MPO or local jurisdiction would be precluded from pursuing separate earmarks for other projects. AND Each COG/MPO will come up with their own process and criteria for identifying priority projects. Because the NACOG region makes up 22.5% of the state’s population, we will be planning for approximately $9.2 million in projects across the four sub-regions. The $9.2 million will then be divided by population size according to the population allocations we use for the TIP.
  24. The Rural Transportation Advocacy Council (RTAC) has decided to respond to the states 2021 approach to allocating one-time funding for transportation projects, by working with the COGs and MPOs to develop a Priority Project list valued at $50 million. The NACOG region has been allocated $9.2 million based on population. The RTAC is made up of elected officials from the rural and small-urban communities from across the state and the group is administered by Kevin Adam, who gives our legislative updates. The list of Priority Projects will be submitted to the 2022 session of the state legislature as a single bill. Since state tax collections are still significantly over projects, the hope is that the legislators would support this additional funding for rural and small urban infrastructure projects. Funding Amounts The RTAC Advisory Committee, which consists of the Greater AZ COG/MPO directors, is recommending the following approach. 1. The total project list value will be $50 million. 2. Each Greater AZ COG/MPO would be allocated an amount proportional to their population. 3. No COG/MPO or local jurisdiction would be precluded from pursuing separate earmarks for other projects. AND Each COG/MPO will come up with their own process and criteria for identifying priority projects. Because the NACOG region makes up 22.5% of the state’s population, we will be planning for approximately $9.2 million in projects across the four sub-regions. The $9.2 million will then be divided by population size according to the population allocations we use for the TIP.
  25. Slides will be posted online the TSC webpage by Monday.