The Southern Illinois Metropolitan Planning Organization (SIMPO) Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), also known as the Plan, is a summary of the Carbondale-Marion region’s transportation assets and an outline for enhancing and maintaining those assets through the year 2040.
As the first LRTP developed by SIMPO, the Plan focused on documenting the existing system and fostering coordination between the various entities and stakeholders within the SIMPO region. Consistent with Title 23 U.S. Code § 134, the Plan will be updated every five years.
The Plan consists of a demographic profile of the region, a summary of the state of the existing multimodal transportation system, an outline of the region’s transportation values and objectives, and a financially constrained investment plan for maintaining and expanding the system.
The FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a product of the annual transportation planning process for the Southern Illinois Metropolitan Planning Organization (SIMPO). It was prepared by SIMPO staff, under the direction of the SIMPO Technical Committee, for the SIMPO Policy Committee. SIMPO’s first Long Range Transportation Plan was adopted in June 2015.
The purpose of the TIP is to document proposed projects for a four-year fiscal period so that project funding can be secured. Any local project funded with federal funds must be in the TIP in order to be considered for such funding.
Projects included in this TIP are proposed for implementation in Southern Illinois Metropolitan Planning Organization area. Projects are subject to the financial abilities of federal, state, and/or local agencies’ funding sources. When approved by the SIMPO Policy Board, SIMPO certifies that the requirements of 23 CFR, Section 450.308 are met.
The existing transportation improvement program within the Southern Illinois Metropolitan Planning Organization Area planning boundaries is being adequately funded with the revenue sources that are provided through federal, state, and local jurisdictions; i.e., the FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program is financially constrained. All funding estimates are based on anticipated state, federal, and local budget constraints.
The complete TIP can be viewed or downloaded at this link: SIMPO TIP FY2018-2021
The purpose of the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is to provide the Southern Illinois Urbanized Area with a work allocation plan that promotes a transportation planning process that is cooperative, comprehensive and continuing as required under FAST. All significant elements of the area-wide planning process used in developing transportation plans and programs are included. The program also contains transportation planning support activities including those related to land use, social, economic and demographic factors. Both federally funded tasks and those funded entirely at state and local levels are included. The UPWP is sufficiently comprehensive to provide descriptions of the specific technical activities and funding levels necessary to carry out the transportation planning program for fiscal year 2018. Development of the work program is the joint responsibility of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and other agencies authorized to carry out transportation planning and implementation activities.
The Fiscal Year 2018 UPWP covers the year from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Input was obtained from the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Planning Organization and its advisory committees, SIMPO staff, and the general public.