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The Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning (RMAP) is now part of Region 1 Planning Council (R1PC), a regional organization that combines key public sector operating entities into shared assets for planning, fund development, and research. R1PC is comprised of RMAP and the Economic Development District of Northern Illinois (EDDNI).

RMAP is 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

The RMAP Mobility Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 10:00a at the RMTD East Side Transfer Center has been CANCELLED.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jon Paul Diipla at 815-319-4180 or by email at jpdiipla@r1planning.org.

Transportation affects each of us, each day, but not in the same way. That is why it is essential that a wide variety of individuals, businesses, and organizations are engaged in the regional planning process and that their voices are heard. We want YOU to let us know the best way for us to inform you about transportation planning activities.

The survey is available at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3532524/Public-Involvement-Survey. The survey will be remain open until November 30th, 2017..

The RMAP Technical Committee meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 10:00a at Loves Park City Hall has been CANCELLED.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jon Paul Diipla at 815-319-4183 or by email at jpdiipla@r1planning.org.

The final adopted versions of the FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan for the Rockford Metropolitan Area are now available. Click here to view the FY 2018-2021 TIP. Click here to view the Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan. If you have any comments or questions regarding the documents, contact Jon Paul Diipla, AICP. Comments on RMAP documents are accepted at any time.

The RMAP Mobility Subcommittee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 10:00a at the RMTD East Side Transfer Center has been CANCELLED.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jon Paul Diipla at 815-319-4183 or by email at jpdiipla@r1planning.org.

The draft RMAP FY 2018-FY 2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is now available. The draft document can be accessed here. The public comment and review period for this draft will be from August 22nd, 2017 through September 15th, 2017. The FY 2018-FY 2021 TIP is scheduled for tentative adoption by the RMAP Policy Committee at their September 2017 meeting. Please contact Anna Ma, Metropolitan Planner, with any questions regarding the draft RMAP FY 2018 – FY 2021 TIP.

The final adopted version of the 2017 RMAP Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (the Coordinated Plan) is now available. Click here to view the document. If you have any comments or questions regarding the Coordinated Plan, contact Jon Paul Diipla, AICP or Ivy Hood. Comments on RMAP documents are accepted at any time.

Representative John Cabello and Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning (RMAP) will be hosting an open house for Secretary Randy Blankenhorn, Illinois Department of Transportation and Director Greg Bedalov, Illinois Tollway on Monday, July 31, 2017 from 11:00a-1:45p and held at the City of Loves Park, City Hall (100 Heart Boulevard).

Please join us in welcoming Secretary Blankenhorn and Director Bedalov back to our region and participate in an open dialogue on the transportation needs for the region.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the RMAP Office at 815-319-4180.

Draft Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Now Available

RMAP has released a draft of its Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for the Rockford Metropolitan Area, which is now available for public comment. You may review the draft by clicking here. Public comment will be afforded for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan from July 20, 2017 until August 21, 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 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan is intended to promote a safe and efficient transportation network for people that provides a balanced multi-modal system that minimizes costs and impacts to the taxpayer, society and the environment. The plan addresses the development of a region-wide system of on-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities to connect with existing shared use path facilities, existing and planned public transportation services and provides design standards, as well as the promotion and encouragement bicycle and pedestrian friendly growth through program and engineering recommendations.

  • Vision and goals to guide the development and implementation of the bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs for the Rockford Metropolitan Area;
  • Description of facilities types discussed in this plan to create a consistent description and design standards throughout the region;
  • Assessment of the existing conditions for bicycle and pedestrian networks in the Rockford region, including the demand and suitability analysis for walking and bicycling in the region.
  • Infrastructure recommendations to increase the connectivity and safety of the bicycle and pedestrian network, as well as education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation programs.
  • Strategies for plan implementation including a select number of priority corridors identified for walking and bicycling facilities, as well as information on possible funding sources.

The RMAP Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan is tentatively scheduled for adoption, with the inclusion of comments made during the public comment period, at the September 28, 2017 meeting of the RMAP Policy Committee.

A public informational open house will be held at three area locations to obtain comment on the Draft Bicycle and Pedestrian 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 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:

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
4:00 to 6:00 PM
Boone County Administration Offices
1212 Logan Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Regional Design Center
315 N Main St
Rockford, IL 61101

Thursday, August 3, 2017
5:00 to 7:00 PM
Machesney Park Village Hall
300 Roosevelt Rd
Machesney Park, IL 61115

For questions or comments about the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, the Public Open Houses, or other related matters, please contact:
Sydney Turner
Metropolitan Planner
Region 1 Planning Council
313 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61101
815-319-4185
sturner@r1planning.org

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);

 

    1. An assessment of transportation needs for individuals with disabilities, seniors, individuals with low incomes and other transit dependent populations;

 

    1. 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,

 

  1. 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.

Rockford Metropolitan Agency For Planning