Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties, Indiana for 2018-2021

Part I: Introduction

A Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP, is a short-range financial a nd spending plan for the utilization of U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) surface transportation funds. These funds, identified later in this document, a re used for highway, transit, and non-motorized transportation projects. NIRPC's TIP is updated every other yea r and includes projects undertaken by municipa lities, counties, transit operators, and the State of Indiana. Federa l (U.S. DOT) planning regulations guide the prepa ration and development of TIP documents.

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission ( NIRPC) has been designated by the Governor as a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to underta ke transportation planning for northwestern Indiana. NIRPC is a council of governments esta blished under Indiana law. NIRPC has, pursuant to the federal planning regulations, undertaken a continuing, cooperative, a nd comprehensive transportation planning process that includes, among other things, the development of a Long Range Transportation Plan a nd Tra nsportation Improvement Program (TIP).

The TIP process is designed to ensure the implementation of the goals and objectives identified in NIRPC's Regional Tra nsportation Plan.

NIRPC's Regiona l Transportation Plan is the Transportation Section of the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan (CRP), adopted in June 2011, a nd as a mended a nd updated (most recently) in May 2016.


NIRPC was originally esta blished as the La ke-Porter County Regional Tra nsportation a nd Planning Commission in 1965, pursua nt to an act of the Indiana General Assembly. An amendment to this legislation in 1973 provided the Commission with its current name and a llowed for the addition of new member counties. La Porte County joined NIRPC in 1979. The most recent major cha nge to NIRPC's authorizing legislation occurred in 2003-which esta blished NIRPC as a council of governments.

NIRPC is a regiona l council of local governments serving the citizens of Lake, Porter, and La Porte counties in Northwest Indiana. The entire three-county area is part of the U.S. Census Bureau's Chicago Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Northern La ke and Porter Counties are a part of the Chicago, IL/IN urbanized a rea. The northwest corner of LaPorte County is part of the Michiga n City-LaPorte, IN/Ml urbanized area. NIRPC provides a forum that ena bles the citizens of Northwest Indiana to address regional issues relating to transportation, the environment and community, and economic development. For transportation planning, NIRPC has been named as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO} for the Indiana portion of both urbanized areas.



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NIRPC's metropolitan planning area is located at the southern tip of Lake Michigan a nd represents an integra l part of the greater Chicago metropolita n area. It consists of 771,815 people (2010 Census) and covers 1,520 square miles. There are forty-one cities and towns and forty-four townships within the NIRPC planning area.

NIR PC Commissioners. There are fifty-three Commissioners-all of whom a re elected officia ls (per statute). In addition to the 41 municipal appointments (one per city or town), the County Councils, Boards of Commissioners, County Surveyors, and two Porter County Township

Trustees appoint one member each, as does the Governor. The Commission or the Executive Board meets monthly. NIRPC's meetings are open to the public and there is a place on every agenda for public comment.

The legislation under which the Commission operates is contained within Indiana Code Title 36, Article VII, Chapter 7.6. Section 12 of this statute plainly states our purpose:

"The purpose of the commission is to institute and maintain a comprehensive plannin g and programmin g process for:

{1} transportation;

(2) economic development; and

{3} environmental;

polic y and provide a coordinative management process for the counties described in section 1 of this chapter . The commission shall coordinate its activities with all member units in the counties and shall coordinate and assist the plannin g programs of member units and the state that are related to its purpose. v

One of the most important designations NIRPC has received is that of Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for northwestern Indiana. MPO's are responsible, together with state departments of transportation and public transit operators, for carrying out the transportation planning process for urbanized areas.

Of equal importance is our status as a Designated Recipient of U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds (in two urbanized areas) under three FTA grant programs. We function as the grantee for seven (7) loca l public bus transit operators. We are also the cognizant Designated Recipient for the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD), Indiana's only commuter railroad.

Our region is a diverse and dynamic place whose complexities are reflected in the regional transportation system. The NIRPC planning area includes a rguably some of the most strategic and critica l links in the national transportation system . These factors combine to make the role of MPO for

northwestern Indiana extraordinarily challenging. NIRPC, in undertaking its mission, is cogniza nt of its obligations and responsibilities, under various federa l and state statutes, to promote inclusion and not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, or any other factor.

Basic Federal Requirements for Transportation Improvement Programs. The U.S. Department of Transportation's current planning regulations1

associated with the implementation of surface transportation programs include specific requirements for development and content of TIPs. These requirements are summarized below.

Organization of the TIP Document

This balance of this document is organized into the following two parts:

Part II: TIP Development and Project Selection Processes. This chapter contains a description of the MPO planning process, general guidelines we followed in soliciting and selecting local projects with federal funds that are assigned to us by INDOT or FTA, and a brief description of INDOT's project selection processes.

There were two Notices of Fund Availability (NOFA's) issued in late 2016. One was for Local Highway Safety (HSIP) projects and the other wa s for FTA Section 5307-funded public transit projects in Lake a nd Porter Counties. The results of the transit NOFA were set aside for reasons explained in Part

II. However, both NOFA's are discussed in Part II.

As already noted, solicitation and selection system details for most MPO­ selected, FHWA-funded projects from solicitations prior to 2016 can be found in Appendix E. It should be noted that these systems are obsolete and will be replaced in late 2018.

Part Ill: Program of Projects and Related Information. This chapter begins with a summary explanation of the actual list of projects, including tabular and graphic information. This is followed by a key to interpreting the information in the ta bles and where to go to get additional information.


Appendix A: Official Actions and Compliance. This appendix contains the NIRPC Board resolutions adopting the Conformity Determination, Plan, and TIP. The final published version a lso contains the planning process self­ certification document.

Appendix B: Public Involvement. This appendix contains the Public Comment Summary Report for the Conformity Determination, Plan Update, and TIP. Per the process requirements in our Public Participation Plan, the

Report identifies each comment received, our response, an assessment of the comment's significance, and a statement regarding the need to modify the document prior to adoption. This appendix will be included in only the final (published) version of the TIP.

Appendix C: Conformity Determination. This document, adopted separately, will be included only in the final (published) version of the TIP.

Appendix D: Financial Plan. The joint FTA/FHWA Planning regulations identify three primary purposes of the financial plan for Transportation Improvement Progra ms: 1) To demonstrate how the TIP, if approved, will be implemented; 2) To identify resources from public & private sources that are reasona bly expected to be made available to carry out the TIP; a nd 3} To recommend additional financing strategies to carry out needed projects and programs. The Financial Plan will be issued with the final, (published) version of the TIP.

Appendix E: Prior Project Selection Processes. This appendix contains details on the manner in which MPO-funded were selected for funding in Lake and Porter Counties prior to July 2015.

Appendix F: NIRPC Commissioners, TPC Contact/Membership Lists, and Transit Operators.

Part II: TIP Development and Project Selection Processes MPO Planning Process


The NIRPC Board of Commissioners is the final decision-making body of the MPO. Tra nsportation-related decisions made at the Board level a lmost a lways originate at a lower level in NIRPC's committee structure 1

NIRPC 2016 Committee Structure Revisions.

A revised committee structure was adopted by the NIRPC Board in May 2015. These changes were implemented beginning in the fall of 2016. A full description of each committee, together with its purpose, function, membership, and meeting frequency is found later in this Part II. Committees that perform a duty or function relative to the transportation planning process are either described or summarized following.

Technical Planning Committee (TechPC). This committee was formed by combining the former Transportation Policy Committee (TPC} with the 2040 Implementation Committee. It's primary purpose is to ensure the technical consistency of plans and policies related to transportation, environment, and public participation with Federal Planning Requirements and NIRPC's own Comprehensive Regional Plan (CRP). It advises the NIRPC Board on policies and programs related to transportation planning and federal transportation funding. This is primarily done through TechPC actions on a regional transportation plan, tra nsportation improvement program, studies, ana lyses, Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and other specia l progra ms. The TechPC receives input from transportation stakeholder subcommittees (now referred to as "Topical" Committees) and Transportation Resource Oversight Committee (T-ROC), then makes recommendations to the NIRPC Board.

A significant portion of the Tech PC's duties is financial. It is charged with:


1 However, the Commission may, under Indiana law, act on any matter brought before it for consideration.

Duties vary by committee, but each is charged with advising NIRPC on matters that are pertinent to the specific topical committee. Each are also responsible for developing federal-aid project selection criteria and recommending transportation projects for transportation funding.

Transportation Resource Oversight Committee (T-ROC). This committee reports directly to TechPC. It oversees financial aspects of the transportation planning process, including the development of the TIP and changes thereto following adoption, tracking the expenditure of all federal funds allocated to NIRPC, implementing a qua rterly construction project tracking process, a nd ensuring that federa l funds are expended in a timely manner.


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Commission and TechPC Membership. Membership on the Commission is established by state statute (1.C. 36-7.7.6). Membership on the TechPC is limited to 20 persons, as specified in the December 2016 Committee Description document (presented at the end of this Part II). Membership on the Topical Committees and T-ROC is largely unrestricted- committees at this level are open to all local units of government, transit operators, organizations which represent various interests (persons with disabilities, environmenta lists, senior citizens, etc.), federal and state agencies, and other persons representing a group or groups of people. The contact list for the NIRPC Commissioners and Tech PC is contained in Appendix F.

MPO Planning Area. The MPO planning area covers all of Lake, Porter, and La Porte Counties, Indiana. This means that any surface transportation construction project funded through the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) or Federal Transit Administration (FTA) must be listed in our TIP as well as the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

Urbanized Areas and Federal Funds. The Chicago IL/IN Urbanized Area extends into Lake and Porter Counties. In Lake County it includes all incorporated areas (except Lowell}. In Porter County, most of the area from Valparaiso to Lake Michigan is also part of the Chicago Urbanized Area. Most of northwest La Porte County (and a small portion of extreme northeast Porter County} lie within the Indiana portion of the Michigan City/La Porte IN/Ml Urbanized Area.

Congress appropriates several types of Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Tra nsportation a nnually to both states (prima rily highway­ oriented funds } and urbanized a reas (primarily tra nsit funds}. MPO's have the responsibility of allocating these funds to specific transportation projects. NIRPC oversees a number of locally adopted project selection processes, as described below, that involve sta keholder participation in the development of the selection system and in the selection of local projects recommended for inclusion in the TIP. INDOT maintains a parallel system of project selection for improvements to its own roadways.

MPO Pro ject Selection. The TIP development process for MPG-selected projects originates in the Transportation Resource Oversight Committee (T­ ROC}. T-ROC informs the TechPC of the availability of federal funds for allocation to projects. TechPC authorizes that a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA} be issued and specifies the categorical funding targets and priorities for the solicitation. TechPC informs the topical committees of these targets and priorities.

The Topical (stakeholder} committees develop criteria based upon the categorical funding targets and priorities established by TechPC. All meeting notices are posted on the NIRPC Website and also mailed to all transportation stakeholders of record. The T-ROC then publishes the NOFA, receives project funding requests, and then transmits same to the Topical Committees. These committees transmit their list of projects recommended for funding to TechPC (which, following approval, is forwarded to the NIRPC Board for official project selection}.

A solicitation for projects may or may not be conducted as a part of the development of a new TIP.

Types of Federal Funds. Federal surface transportation funds come from two operating administrations of the U.S. DOT: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA} and Federa l Transit Administration (FTA}. FHWA funds are allocated to the state a nd suba llocated to NIRPC. FTA funds are usually allocated to urbanized areas. The specific federal funding programs from FHWA a nd FTA are as follows:

Surface Transportatio n Block Grant P rogra m (ST BG) . Each year the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) makes apportionments of FHWA Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) contract authority to each Urbanized Area for highway improvement projects. The area within the Chicago Urbanized Area is apportioned STBG Group I (large Urbanized Area) funds; the area within the Michigan City/LaPorte Urbanized Area is apportioned STBG Group II (small Urbanized Area) funds. '

FTA Section 5307/5340. Each year the FTA apportions Urban Area Formula Grant (Section 5307/5340) funds to each Urbanized Area for public transit projects. These funds are used for public transit operating and capital projects involving both bus and commuter rail transit services. Separate apportionments of Section 5307/5340 funds are received by each of the two Urbanized Areas.

Section 5307/5340 funds apportioned to the Chicago Urbanized Area are for the entire Urbanized Area, including both Illinois and Indiana portions. NIRPC maintains a Letter of Understanding with the Northeastern Illinois Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) that specifies how these funds are to be split among the two states.

Co ngestio n Mit igat ion/Air Qual ity ( CMAQ) . The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) apportions FHWA CMAQ funds to NIRPC based upon each county's air quality status (i.e., in an air quality non-attainment or maintenance area, if attainment has been achieved). Funds are received on the basis of population and the severity of the air quality problem. CMAQ projects are transportation projects which, if implemented, will result in lower emissions from internal combustion engines. For 2018-2021, CMAQ funds are made to the combined Lake/Porter County non-attainment area and to the La Porte County Maintenance Area.

FTA Sections 5310 (Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program ). Section 5310 funds are intended to improve mobility for seniors and

individuals with disabilities. Like the Section 5307/5340 funds, some Section 5310 funds are apportioned to the Chicago Urbanized Area are for the entire urbanized area, including both northeastern Illinois and Lake and Porter Counties in northwestern Indiana. NIRPC maintains a Letter of Understanding with the Northeastern Illinois Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) that specifies how these funds are to be split. LaPorte County applicants have access to Section 5310 funds by submitting applications to INDOT.

FTA Section 5337 State of Good Repair Program (Existing Commuter Rail). These are FTA formula funds that are used by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD} for improvements to the commuter rail facilities all along NICTD's rail corridor. Chicago Urbanized Area SGR funds are divided between Illinois and Indiana under an agreement with the RTA. NIRPC's TIP also displays SGR funds allocated to the South Bend Urbanized Area. Listed SGR projects may be undertaken in any of five counties, including Lake, Porter, LaPorte, and St Joseph Counties, Indiana, and Cook County, Illinois.

FTA Section 5339 Bus and Bus Facilities Program. These are FTA formula funds that are used by public transit operators to replace, rehabilitate, or purchase buses, bus-related equipment, and bus-related facilities. Chicago Urbanized Area Bus funds are divided between Illinois and Indiana under an agreement with the RTA. LaPorte County public transit operators have access to Section 5339 funds by submitting applications directly to INDOT.

Highway Safety Improvement (HSIP). These FHWA funds must address critical safety needs on local roadways which have a history of crashes. Separate allocations are made to each Urbanized Area but funds may be used for projects anywhere within the county served by the MPO.

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP }. These FHWA funds may be used for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation; recreational trail program projects; and safe routes to school projects. TAP funds may be used for projects anywhere within the county served by the MPO.

High Pr iority or Demonstration Project Funds. The TIP also includes other transportation projects which are selected by Congress (i.e., Demonstration or "High Priority" Projects).

The TIP also includes Regiona lly Significant transportation projects that involve no federal funds, and INDOT-selected local projects that are usually

located outside of the urbanized a rea but within the three-county metropolitan planning area. These projects are not selected by NIRPC.

INDOT System Improvements. The TIP also includes projects that are undertaken by the state of Indiana. The Indiana Depa rtment of Transportation (INDOT} selects projects that will occur on state-owned roadways, which include Interstates and US-marked and State routes.

INDOT conducts its own project selection processes for those funds that it controls and provides NIRPC with a list of projects to include in the TIP.

INDOT also assists other state agencies such as the Indiana State Prison, Westville Correctional Center, Indiana Dunes State Park, Ports of Indiana at Burns Harbor, Purdue and Indiana Universities, and others by listing road and parking lot construction projects in the TIP a nd bidding them out through INDOT's letting system.

Road Improvements on Federal Lands. The FHWA Eastern Federal Lands Division (EFLD) maintains its own TIP process and document for transportation projects within or affecting federal lands in the region (e.g., Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore). There are two EFLD-funded projects in this TIP.

Major Projects Implemented from the Prior TIP.







6l5t Ave Added Travel Lanes (Arizona to SR 53 in Hobart)

93rd Ave Intersection Improvements @ Chase St (Crown Point)

61't Ave Bridge over Deep River (Hobart)

RW - Chicago Ave Added Travel Lanes (Hammond) C&O Bike/Ped Trail (Merrillville)

Smoke Rd Intersection Improvement @ Division Rd (Porter Co.)

TIP Development Process

Introduction. Development of the new 2018-2021 TIP bega n in late 2016. An announcement was made at the October 2016 TechPC meeting. A series of meetings with the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) regarding some extraordinary plan amendment needs was held at

a bout the sa me time. A NOFA for FTA Section 5307/5340 projects in Lake and Porter Counties was issued in November 2016. No additional federal aid highway projects were solicited because all expected 2018-2021 INDOT/FHWA revenues have already been allocated to projects. The new TIP will be accompanied by a Long Range Transportation Plan Amendment and updated Conformity Determination. An adoption deadline of May 2017 was set-this was consistent with INDOT's previously stated intent to develop a new 2018-2021 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

NIRPC issued one NOFA for Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) projects in October 2015. We issued a NOFA for FTA Section 5307 projects in Lake and Porter Counties in November 2016. Projects were selected under the HSIP NOFA but were not under FTA Section 5307. The selection processes are described or included following.

There are three documents shown on the following pages. These are:

NOFA 2015-1: Call for Projects under the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). (Five pages)

NOFA 2016-1: Transit TIP Projects and Selection Criteria (Three pages)

NIRPC Committee Descriptions. (10 pages)

Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) 2015-1 Solicitation/ Call for Federal-Aid Transportation Projects Lake and Porter Counties, Indiana

NorthwesternIndiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) is soliciting proposals within Lake and Porter Counties,Indiana under the following Federal-Aid Program in the amount indicated:

Highway SafetyImprovement Program (HSIP) Year 2016 Highway SafetyImprovement Program (HSIP) Years 2017-2021

$ 0.7 Million

$ 4.1 Million

Of the funds to be made available under this Solicitation, about $700,000 is available now (State Fiscal Year 2016). We expect all remaining funds ($4.1 Million) to be fully obligated on or prior to June 30, 2021.

Submission Deadline: Letter of Intent: Friday, December 4, 2015

Full Application: Wednesday, December 1 6, 2015


In our previous NOFA (2014-2) we made $9.9 million in HSIP funds available for programming. Projects were selected by the NIRPC Board at their July 2015 meeting. Afterward, they were submitted toINDOT for a determination of eligibility for HSIP funding.INDOT found five of the seven new projects eligible. We anticipate that issues with one ineligible project ($531K) will be resolved. However, the issues associated with the second ineligible project ($4.0M) are likely insurmountable. We are seeking a substitute project or projects to use the $4.0M.

Secondly, we have reconciled each of our four federal-aid accounts (STP, CMAQ, HSIP, and TAP) to avoid overspending in each account by year. This was done in response to anINDOT directive received in July 2015. We are able to transfer up to 50% of the annual allocation of funds in each account to other accounts. This reconciliation has left us with approximately $700,000 in 2016 HSIP spending authority that we are unable to allocate to projects. Of this amount, $620,292 is available for expenditure with a 100% federal share.

Eligible Activities

A highway safety improvement project is any strategy, activity or project on a public road that is consistent with the data-driven State Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) and corrects or improves a hazardous road location or feature or addresses a highway safety problem. SpecificINDOT Guidance is downloadable from our website (www

There are two types of projects, 1) Low Cost/HighImpact Projects, and 2) High Crash Location projects. These are summarized on Attachment 1to this NOFA.

Applicants with prior road construction awards under the STP or CMAQ programs may submit an HSIP application that will result in the exchange or "trade out" of a portion of their prior STP or CMAQ award for HSIP funds. Such applications are subject to all HISP program requirements (specifically Cost/Benefit calculations).

Applicants may request funds to perform a Road Safety Audit (RSA) at a given location or for an entire corridor. RSA projects that use 2016 HSIP funds will be funded at 100% federal.

Applicants may request supplemental funding for existing HSIP-funded projects.


Please note that Cost/Benefit calculations are to be performed using HAT 2.0 software, which is downloadable from ERMS at no cost.

Geographic Restrictions by Fund Type

HSIP funds may be used anywhere in the county.

Eligible Applicants

  1. County Governments. Applications may only be submitted by the Board of Commissioners. Boards and/or Commissions created by the county may not submit applications directly to NIRPC.

  1. Cities and Towns. Applications may only be submitted by the Chief Elected Official. Boards and/or Commissions created by a city or town may not submit applications directly to NIRPC.

  2. NorthernIndiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD).

  3. State Agencies, including state-assisted public colleges and universities (IU, Purdue, vy Tech, etc.).

  4. NIRPC, on behalf of itself or other multiple units of government.

Submission of Letters of Intent/Applications/Deadline

Letters of I ntent are due on Friday, December 4, 2015. The letter should indicate the applicant's intent to file a full application on or before the deadline. Notwithstanding, applicants may submit their full application instead of a Letter ofIntent.

Full applications must be transmitted to NIRPC on or prior to Wednesday, December 1 6. 2015.

Application packages may be e-mailed, mailed (via USPS) or delivered in person to:

Amanda Pollard or at NIRPC, 6100 Southport Rd, Portage,IN 46368-6409.

Application Form Preparation

A project application form may be downloaded from NIRPC's website (www The application form is in Microsoft Excel. Applicants should fill in the form, print it, attach required documentation, and then either 1) scan the documents into pdf format and submit the materials via e-mail or 2) physically submit the original application, with required documentation, to NIRPC in person or by mail. (Alternatively, applicants may use a paper copy of the application and complete it either by hand or typewriter for submission.) A dated transmittal letter, executed by the CEO (Chief Elected Official or Chief Executive Officer), must also accompany the application.

An area of emphasis this year is the preparation of Purpose and Need Statements. The purpose of the project should be stated clearly and concisely. The need for the project should be quantified whenever possible. Documentation that supports the need for the project should be attached.

Project Selection Process

A list of projects submitted in response to this Solicitation/Call will be presented to the NIRPC Transportation Policy Committee (TPC) at their December 8, 2015 meeting. The list will identify the project, its funding needs by year, projected Cost/Benefit information, and indicate if the project is believed to be eligible for HSIP funding.

NIRPC's 2013 HSIP Project selection system will be utilized. For the $4.lM available in 2017-2021: Following takedowns for supplemental funding, of the total amount of federal funding available, the first 75% of


funds will be reserved for Low Cost/HighImpact projects and the 25% balance reserved for High Crash Location projects.

For the $700K in 2016 funds, all reasonable funding requests will be considered.

The TPC will recommend funding for two lists of projects-those using the 2016 funds and those using the 2017-2021 funds. These lists should be considered tentative until the full applications have been received and the NIRPC Board adopts two final lists at their meeting on Thursday, December 17, 2015.

NIRPC Contacts

For HSIP Process & Project Eligibility: Stephen Sostaric ssostaric@ For Funding Questions: Gary Evers

For general questions regarding the solicitation, deadlines, document formats, etc: Amanda Pollard

Telephone 219.763.6060

NorthwesternIndiana Regional Planning Commission

6100 Southport Rd, PortageIN 46368-6409

November 10, 2014


Attachment #1 to NOFA 2015-1

November 11, 2015

The main source of information on the projects and information required is the Indiana Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Improvement Program Local Project Selection Guidance document, which can be found here: http://www lHSIPProje ctSelectionGuidance.pdf

There are two types of eligible projects:

  1. Low Cost/High Impact Projects. These projects fall into seven categories designated by INDOT in their

    Local Project Selection Guidance document. The types are as follows:

  2. High Crash Location Projects. These projects are the more traditional, higher cost safety projects. More information on these projects can also be found in the Local Project Selection Guidance document.

    For the Lake/Porter Urbanized Area, please note that these projects will receive 75% of the total HSIP funds being allocated to this urbanized area. PE will be capped at $100,000, or 10% of the total project cost, whichever is less, and there will be a strict cap of $50,000 in federal funds per project for right-of­ way expenses.

    A benefit/cost (B/C) analysis is required to be performed, as is a road safety audit (RSA). During the selection process, the B/C ratio will be used to rank projects. Bonus points to be added to the project's base B/C ratio may also be rewarded for the following:

The top crash locations will be included in the solicitation packet. Please note that any projects using a top 10 crash location by type must demonstrate that they are addressing that specific crash type.

Transit TIP Projects and Selection Criteria

The Transit Operators Roundtable (TOR) is the Topical Stakeholder Committee responsible for overseeing NIRPC's transit planning process and program. The TOR meets monthly to problem-solve ongoing transit issues in the region, coordinate transit services, and problem-solve funding issues. Most importantly, the TOR is also responsible for the development of the project selection process for various FTA funding programs.

Currently, Northwestern Indiana encompasses portions of two Urbanized Areas (UZA): Chicago, IL/IN and Michigan City-LaPorte. These geographies require TOR to operate as two distinct groups, each with their own project selection processes. Both groups determine funding priorities based on consensus.

Chicago, IL/IN UZA Gary Public Transit Corporation North Township Dial-A-Ride

Northwestern Indiana Commuter Transit District Porter County Aging and Community Services South Lake Community Services

Valparaiso V-Line and Valpo Dash

Michigan City-LaPorte UZA Michigan City Transit Transporte

Michigan City-LaPorte UZA. The providers in the Michigan City-LaPorte UZA do not utilize a competitive process to determine their funding priorities. For 2018 and 2019 the estimated apportionments

$951,024 and $970,044 were distributed based upon their estimated operating expenses for those years. Both providers were able to reach consensus on this distribution mechanism .

Chicago UZA. Within the Chicago UZA a detailed project selection process was developed. Consensus was reached among the six operators on the selection process and a NOFA (Notice of Funding Availability) was released in November 2016. Following receipt of projects, numerous errors were discovered within the NOFA and selection system. Consequently, we have decided to nullify the results of the project solicitation . We will convene the TOR to correct the errors in the project selection system and reissue the NOFA. This process will occur after the publication of the FY2018-2021 TIP, but before the end of calendar 2017 . Projects selected as part of the Michigan City-LaPorte UZA, and projects that were not part of 5307, 5339, or 5310 were added to the TIP. This primarily includes all NICTD projects using State of Good Repair (SOGR), Core Capacity, New Start, and local funds as funding sources.

Accordingly, 5307 projects included in the new 2018-2021 TIP are those previously included in the 2016- 2019 TIP. We intend to amend-in the new projects following a redo of the solicitation for 2018-2021 Section 5307-funded projects in the Indiana portion of the Chicago UZA.

The following section will outline a typical project selection process and illustrate how the 2018 projects were or will be selected for inclusion in the FV2016-2019 TIP. The typical process is as follows:


Project Selection Process for FTA 5307, 5310, and 5339 Funding Programs for Lake and Porter County


apportionment estimate

Currently, transit operators in Northwestern Indiana can utilize the following FTA funding sources:

Even though each program has a distinct separation of eligible activities, TOR implements the same system for scoring these projects. The 5339 funding is used fund eligible vehicle replacements before the more versatile 5307 funding needs to be expended. 5310 projects are also usually selected through this process, in accordance with NIRPC's Coordinated Services Plan. Similarly to 5339 operations and capital project that can be funded with 5310 are funded first, so the bulk of 5307 can be shared across all other program areas.

Regionally Significant Transit Projects

NICTD included two projects in the FY2018-2021 TIP that would meet NIRPC's definition of being "regionally significant." These projects are the West Lake Corridor Expansion and Double Tracking the South Shore Line.

The West Lake Corridor Project

The West Lake Corridor Project would be an approximate 9-mile southern extension of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District's (NICTD) existing South Shore Line (SSL) between Dyer and Hammond, Indiana. Trains on the new branch line would connect with the existing SSL and ultimately Metra Electric District's (MED) line to the north. The proposed project would provide new transit service


between Dyer, Indiana and Metra's Millennium Station in Downtown Chicago, Illinois, a total distance of approximately 29 miles.

An expansion of the South Shore Line has long been recognized as a value to the Northwest Indiana regional community. As early as 1989, the NIRPC released a study that identified an extension to the SSL as a potentially viable means to expand mass transit in the region. Since that time, multiple evaluations have occurred. In 2011, NICTD's West Lake Corridor Study concluded that a rail-based service between the Munster/Dyer area and Metra's Millennium Station in Downtown Chicago would best meet the public transportation needs of the study area. In June 2014, NICTD and the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) released the 20-Year Strategic Business Plan, which highlighted the importance of a West Lake Corridor Project. In May 2014, NICTD initiated the environmental review process for the West Lake Corridor Project, a required next step to advance overall project development and secure federal funding.

The purpose of the West Lake Corridor Project is to provide a vital transportation link that connects Northwest Indiana to Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. NICTD is proposing the West Lake Corridor Project as a southern branch extension of the SSL route to reach high-growth areas in Lake County, Indiana. The project would expand NICTD's service coverage, improve mobility and accessibility, and stimulate local job creation and economic development opportunities for Lake County.

The benefits to be achieved from the Project are to:

Program ming the federal transportation dollars to local projects

Council of Governments (COG)

Planni ng, Program ming, Policy for: Transportation

Economic Development Envi ronment

Coordi native Management Process with all mem ber units Assist in plan ning programs of mem ber units

To help give context for Committee Functions, the committees below have been grouped as COG Funct ion, MPO Funct fon, or General NIRPC Operations.


COG Functions

Legislative Committee

What does it do?

Determines NIRPC positions on priority state and federal legislation across all NIRPC planning domains and topics of local interest

Who is on it?

N J RPC Committee Descriptions as of December, 2016 -- Page 2

MPO Functions

Technical Planning Committee

What does it do?

N I RPC Committee Descriptions as of December, 2016 -- Page 3

Environmental Management and Policy Committee

What does it do?

When does it meet?

Monthly, typically 1st Thursdays at 9am.

N IRPC Committee Descriptions as of December, 2016 -- Page 4

Ped, Pedal, and Paddle Committee ("3PC")

What does it do?

N I RPC Committee Descriptions as of December, 2016 -- Page 5

Rail Vision Workgroup/Freight

What does it do?

When does it meet?

N IRPC Committee Descriptions as of December, 2016 -- Page 8

Transportati on Resource ft Oversight Committees (Group I ft Group II)

This new enti ty is open to all Ci ty/ Town/ County Commissioners at any time.

What does it do?

N / RPC Committee Descriptions as of December, 2016 -- Page 9

Combi ned MPO & COG Commi ttee Function:

Outreach Committee

Advises and receives direction from TPC.

What will it do?

N IRPC Committee Descriptions as of December, 2016 -- Page 10