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Iowa in Motion. Planning Ahead 2040 Iowa Transportation Commission April 9, 2012. Presentation outline. Public input summary Final draft document presentation. Schedule. May 2011-February 2012: Presented draft chapters February 15-March 30: Public input period March-April: Final editing

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iowa in motion

Iowa in Motion

Planning Ahead 2040

Iowa Transportation Commission

April 9, 2012

presentation outline
Presentation outline
  • Public input summary
  • Final draft document presentation
  • May 2011-February 2012: Presented draft chapters
  • February 15-March 30: Public input period
  • March-April: Final editing
  • Today: Public input summary, full draft document
  • May business meeting: Adoption
public meetings held
Public meetings held
  • Tuesday, March 6th: District 3, Sioux City
  • Thursday, March 8th: District 2, Mason City
  • Tuesday, March 13th: District 1, Ames
  • Thursday, March 15th: District 4, Atlantic
  • Tuesday, March 20th: District 5, Fairfield
  • Thursday, March 22nd: District 6, Cedar Rapids
public input summary
Public input summary
  • Methods to publicize: 5 news releases, 11 tweets, stakeholder distribution lists
  • Total public meeting attendance: 57
  • Written comments received: 20
  • Survey responses: 264
  • Webpage visits during comment period: 930 (749 unique)
  • Media contacts: 6 (4 television, 1 radio, 1 newspaper)
  • Takeaway: Online participation seemed to be the preferred method for providing input with this type of planning effort.
public input investment actions
Public input: Investment actions
  • Draft investment actions categorized by mode/goal
    • Aviation, Bike/Ped, Highway, Public Transit, Rail
    • Safety, Efficiency, Quality of Life
  • Public asked to identify up to three in each category that were most important to them
  • Public also asked to suggest investment actions that weren’t already identified
  • Prioritization and input outlined in Appendix 2
aviation priorities
Aviation priorities
  • Aviation safety: “Maintain and enhance the statewide network of aviation weather observation systems.”
  • Aviation efficiency: “Maintain and enhance airside facilities (e.g., runways, taxiways, lighting systems).”
  • Aviation quality of life: “Support a system of airports that meets the air transportation needs of businesses and citizens.”
bike ped priorities
Bike/ped priorities
  • Bike/ped safety: “Develop projects that minimize barriers and promote more walking and bicycling to school.”
  • Bike/ped efficiency: “Continue investments in regional and local (Level 2 and 3) trails.” / “Support the acquisition of abandoned rail lines for trail development.”
  • Bike/ped quality of life: “Provide accessible accommodations on Iowa’s roadway corridors for bicycles and pedestrians (e.g., Complete Streets policy).”
highway priorities
Highway priorities
  • Highway safety: “Target highway investments to reduce fatalities and major injuries.”
  • Highway efficiency: “Preserve and rehabilitate existing highways and bridge structures.”
  • Highway quality of life: “Support economic development projects for local governments.”
public transit priorities
Public transit priorities
  • Public Transit safety: “Assist transit agencies with driver training, including efforts to enhance the safety of pedestrians exposed to transit vehicle traffic.”
  • Public Transit efficiency: “Encourage increased coordination between transit agencies, human service organizations and school districts.”
  • Public Transit quality of life: “Focus on public transit’s role to improve Iowa’s economy and overcome mobility barriers.”
rail priorities
Rail priorities
  • Rail safety: “Improve highway-rail crossing safety.”
  • Rail efficiency: “Preserve existing rail freight and passenger service, and develop additional passenger service.”
  • Rail quality of life: “Develop rail passenger services to provide increased mobility and encourage economic development.”
misc priorities
Misc. priorities
  • “Support regional and metropolitan transportation planning activities.”
  • “Support local governments and planning agencies in safety conscious planning.”
other notable public input
Other notable public input
  • Highway safety: “Enhance night-driving aids (e.g., more visible pavement markings and signs).”
  • Highway efficiency: “Complete the development of corridors designated as ACCESS-Iowa highways.”
  • Rail quality of life: “Support the development of quiet zones.”
  • Small percentage of respondents suggested that the department should not be allocating resources to bike/ped facilities and passenger rail service expansion.
how can the plan be used

Public Policy and Input

What direction do we have?

Transportation Plan

What type of transportation system do we need?

Performance Monitoring

Are we successful?

Five-Year Program

What projects will be done and when?

How can the Plan be used?
  • Communicate policy
  • Assist the DOT Commission in making investment decisions
  • Support development of the Five Year Program
  • Provide a framework for future modal planning and MPO/RPA plans
  • Performance monitoring
  • Transportation resource
publishing distributing
Publishing & distributing
  • Final, approved plan will be posted to website
  • Publish approximately 200 at outset
  • Distribute to:
    • Commissioners
    • Internal Iowa DOT, including Districts
    • Metropolitan and regional planning agencies
    • Federal transportation agencies
    • Transportation interest groups
    • Other/public (upon request)
wrap up
Wrap up
  • Reminder: Presentation for adoption at May business meeting
  • Questions or comments?