Our Future, Our Goals, Our Map

Welcome to the online home of the Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning, better known as RMAP, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Rockford region. Please feel free to browse our site, review our documents, send comments or suggestions to the staff, and generally get involved in the planning process.

Want to learn a little more about RMAP? Check out the About Us Page. Interested in the current activities of RMAP? You might start by looking below at the recent announcements.

If you believe you have found a broken link, a missing file, incorrect information or another error on the RMAP Web site, please contact the Web Administrator. Thank you for visiting the RMAP website, we hope your stay is informative and enjoyable.

Communications

RMAP has released a draft of its Coordinated Public Transit Human Services Transportation Plan (Coordinated Plan), which is now available for public comment. You may review the document by clicking here. Public comment will be afforded for this Coordinated Plan from April 21, 2017 until May 31, 2017. Comments can be submitted electronically by emailing RMAP staff, by sending written comments to the address provided below or by attending an RMAP public meeting. The RMAP Technical Committee will be open for public comments regarding the Coordinated Plan at its May 18, 2017 meeting.

The RMAP Coordinated Plan is tentatively scheduled for adoption, with the inclusion of comments made during the public comment period, at the June 29, 2017 meeting of the RMAP Policy Committee. To review the notice of this public comment period, click here.

The RMAP Coordinated Plan is intended to identify needs and gaps in public transportation services, particularly for seniors, individuals with disabilities, individuals with low incomes, and other transit‐dependent populations in the RMAP Metropolitan Planning Area. The RMAP Coordinated Plan and attachments will additionally be used to guide the expenditure of regionally allocated Federal Transit Administration funds from the Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program.

The Coordinated Plan contains the following elements:

  1. An assessment of available services that identifies current transportation providers (public, private, and nonprofit);
  2. An assessment of transportation needs for individuals with disabilities, seniors, individuals with low incomes and other transit dependent populations;
  3. Strategies, activities, and/or projects to address the identified gaps between current services and needs, as well as opportunities to achieve efficiencies in service delivery; and,
  4. Priorities for implementation based on resources (from multiple program sources), time, and feasibility for implementing specific strategies and/or activities identified.

The Draft RMAP Coordinated Plan can be reviewed by clicking here or by contacting RMAP staff via the contact information provided below.

A public informational open house will be held at four area locations to obtain comment on the Draft Coordinated Plan. The objective of these public open houses is to allow for the public to participate in the process and provide feedback on the draft document during the public comment period. The public comment period for this draft Coordinated Plan began on April 21, 2017 and is open until May 31, 2017. The format of these open houses is to allow an informal discussion regarding the draft planning document between the public and RMAP staff. The dates, times, and locations are as follows:

May 17th, 2017 – Wednesday
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Keen Age Center*
2141 Henry Luckow Lane
Belvidere, IL 61008

*The Open House at the Keen Age Center will also feature an available lift-equipped bus for attendees to board and a supervisor from the Boone County Council on Aging will be on hand to answer questions about buses or the Boone County Council on Aging itself.

May 17th, 2017 – Wednesday
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
North Suburban Public Library
6340 N 2nd Street
Loves Park, IL 61111

May 18th, 2017 – Thursday
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
YWCA Northwestern Illinois
4990 E State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

May 18th, 2017 – Thursday
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Regional Design Center
315 N Main Street
Rockford, IL 61101

The purpose of these meetings is to view graphic displays, discuss the draft document, ask questions, and obtain public comments/input. For questions or comments about the Coordinated Plan, the Public Open Houses, or other related matters, please contact:

Michael Hren, AICP
Metropolitan Planner
Region 1 Planning Council
313 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61101
815-319-4192
mhren@r1planning.org

The draft of the RMAP FY 2018 Unified Work Program (UWP) is now available for review. Click here to view the document. This document lists the transportation planning activities that the MPO will undertake in FY 2018. A public comment and review period for the FY 2018 UWP will be from March 30th, 2017 – May 1st, 2017. Please feel free to contact Jon Paul Diipla, AICP with any questions.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has released its Consolidated Vehicle Procurement (CVP) 2017 Rolling Stock Capital Assistance Application. A PDF of the document is available below, along with the appendices. As it has in the past, the local 5310 Application process will use this document, and RMAP will seek guidance from the Mobility Subcommittee to determine if any further submission material is necessary.

As was the case in the previous two cycles, applications from agencies operating within the RMAP Urbanized Area are only eligible to utilize funds from the local apportionment. At this time, RMAP intends to review applications for the FY 2016 apportionment of $267,486. This will be discussed at the March 14th, 2017 RMAP Mobility Subcommittee meeting.

To facilitate the Mobility Subcommittee discussing all applications and providing its recommendation at its regularly scheduled meeting on May 9th, 2017, completed applications are due to RMAP no later than 4:00PM on May 01, 2017.

Application, Appendices & Other Materials:

Administrator’s Note: Some of these files may not open in-browser depending on factors beyond RMAP’s control such as the version or update status of your browser of choice. It is possible that one of the below files may bring up the following message: “Please wait… If this message is not eventually replaced by the proper contents of the document, your PDF viewer may not be able to display this type of document.” If this should occur, download the file to your computer and attempt to open it with your PDF viewer. This should resolve most issues without the need for a browser update. For any further technical problems, please contact The Administrator.

A number of further items are required in addition to the application:
a) Scanned PDF of Page 6 (`Applicant Information’), signed by applicant’s authorized representative,
b) A formal letter of endorsement from the local public transportation provider in applicant’s proposed service area,
c) Scanned PDF of Acceptance of Binding IDOT & FTA Certifications and Assurances signed by applicant’s authorized representative and Affirmation of Attorney signed by applicant’s legal counsel (see Appendix A),
d) Notice of publication of a public meeting held regarding this application and minutes thereof (sample language for this notice can be found in Appendix B),
e) Scanned copy of Opinion of Counsel signed by applicant’s legal counsel (see Appendix C),
f) Signed Board Resolution designating authorized signatory representative for applicant (see Appendix D),
g) Any and all documentation materials referenced and/or requested in application Section(s) III, V, VI and/or VII.

For any questions, please contact Michael Hren.

RMAP has approved the final 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program. To review the document, click here. For comments on this draft, please contact Sydney Turner. Comments on RMAP documents are accepted at any time, but for inclusion into this cycle of the TIP, comments should be submitted by August 16, 2016.

The Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning (RMAP) is kicking-off the Rockford Metropolitan Area Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan update. The purpose of the plan is to provide a regional vision for a comprehensive infrastructure system that will support and encourage walking and bicycling throughout the Rockford Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA). The plan will provide a framework for improving connectivity, safety, convenience, and attractiveness of bicycle and pedestrian networks. To review the notice, click here.

RMAP thanks interested parties for their input at the June public open houses. RMAP anticipates another round of public open houses this fall. More information on the Rockford Metropolitan Area Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan can be found at the RMAP Bicycle and Pedestrian page.

The final adopted version of the 2017 RMAP Unified Work Program is now available. Click here to view the document. If you have any comments or questions regarding the UWP, contact Jon Paul Diipla, AICP. Comments on RMAP documents are accepted at any time.

RMAP has released its annual notice of planning for fiscal year 2017. Click here to review the notice.

The Illinois Tollway has announced the completion of the full-access Irene Road Interchange on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, also known as I-90. For more details on this subject, visit the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority’s website.

The RMAP meeting schedule for 2016 has been released. This schedule is for the RMAP Policy Committee, Technical Committee, and Mobility Subcommittee. Click here to view the document.

RMAP has published the interactive 2015 version of the Federal List of Obligated Projects, known affectionately as the FLOP. To view this document, click here. For any questions regarding the FLOP, please contact Michael Hren, Metropolitan Planner

  • The approved 2016 RMAP UWP has been posted, and is available here.
  • The approved 2016-2019 RMAP TIP has been posted, and is available here.
  • The approved RMAP EJ & Title VI document has been posted, and is available here.
  • The approved RMAP Limited English Proficiency Plan has been posted, and is available here.

The RMAP Policy Committee has approved the final version of the updated 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). To view the document, click to visit the LRTP page.

The Transportation for Tomorrow (2040): A Long Range Transportation Plan for the Rockford Region was recommended by the RMAP Technical Committee at their July 23rd, 2015 meeting and adopted by the RMAP Policy Committee at their July 30th, 2015 meeting.

RMAP would like to thank all of our partner organizations and the public for all of input, comments and participation received during the development phase of the Long Range Transportation Plan update.

Questions regarding the LRTP may be sent at any time to RMAP via the emails on the staff page or by mail or in person to 313 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61101.

The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority has announced long-term lane closures scheduled at Illinois Route 173 and East Riverside Boulevard on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) north of Rockford. For more details, view the release.

The RMAP-created Functionally Classified Road Map is now available in digital format. Click here to view it.

RMAP has released a memorandum detailing the change in phone numbers for RMAP staff. To view the memorandum, click here.

RMAP has published a study regarding freight traffic and transportation in the region. To view the freight study, click here. If you have questions or comments regarding the freight study, please contact Gary McIntyre, Metro Program Manager.

RMAP has received a HUD Sustainable Communities Certificate, in commemoration of the progress and accomplishment of the Sustainable Communities Grant. To view the certificate, click here.

The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority has released a number of fact sheets regarding improvements being undertaken on I-90, including a Corridor Overview, a Construction Traffic Flyer, an overview of the work being done on the Business 20/State Street Interchange, and a By the Numbers Overview. For more information, visit the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority’s website.

The League of Illinois Bicyclists has released a Rockford Area Bike Map. To view the map, click here.

Commonwealth Edision has released information regarding the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act. For an overview, click here. For details on Winnebago and Boone counties, click here.

An interactive map detailing the congestion levels of the arterial roads in the RMAP Region has been released. To view this map, click here.

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