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2021

2022

UPWP


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Plan NWI

Plan NWI

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission’s

Unified Planning Work Program

2021 - 2022

Table of Contents

NIRPC UPWP Budgets 4

State Fiscal Year 2021 UPWP Budget Summary 4

State Fiscal Year 2022 UPWP Budget Estimate 7

About NIRPC 10

Background + Purpose 11

State Authority 11

About the UPWP 12

Required Elements 12

FHWA + FTA Planning Emphasis Areas 12

NWI 2050 Strategies 12

Public Participation 14

Metropolitan planning activities and tasks 15

  1. | Administration and Public Participation 15

    1. | Planning Management + Administration 16

    2. | Public Participation + Communication Tools 18

    3. | Title VI and Environmental Justice Program Management 20

    4. | Americans with Disabilities Act Program Management 22

    5. | UPWP Development + Management 24

  1. | Data Collection and Analysis 26

    1. | Planning Data Collection 27

    2. | Planning Data Analysis + GIS Support Services 29

    3. | Performance-based Planning Activities 31

    4. | Congestion Management 33

    5. | Travel Demand Modeling 36

    6. | Air Quality Conformity 38

  1. | Short Range Planning 41

    1. | Transportation Improvement Program Development 42

    2. | TIP Development + Management 44

    3. | Environmental Red Flag Investigations 46

  1. | Long Range Planning 47

    1. | Comprehensive Regional Plan Development 48

    2. | NWI 2050 Implementation 49

    3. | Regional Land Use Planning 54

    4. | Surface Transportation Planning 57

    5. | Environmental Linkages Planning 60

500 | Multi-modal Planning 62

  1. | Active Transportation Planning 63

  2. | Transit Planning 66

600 | Special Planning Activities 69

600 | Special Planning Activities 69

FTA Activities and Tasks 70

700 | Federal Transit Administration 5307 Funds 70

700.1 | Sub-grantee Oversight 71

Other FHWA Funding Programs 73

800 | Surface Transportation Block Grant and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Funds 73

  1. | TIP Programming Assistant 74

  2. | Air Quality Public Education 75

General management of NIRPC, office + staff 77

Attachment I: Cost Allocation Plan Approval Letter 79

Attachment II: CMAQ Eligibility Finding 80

NIRPC UPWP Budgets

State Fiscal Year 2021 UPWP Budget Summary


2121 NIRPC UPWP Simple Budget Summary

UPWP Section

Task Group Name

Funding Source

Total Task Cost

Federal Share

Non-Federal Share

21-100

Administration and Public Participation


PL/5303 (INDOT)

$ 498,244

$ 398,595

$ 99,649

*

21-200

Data Collection & Analysis

$ 332,802

$ 266,241

$ 66,560

21-300

Short-range Planning

$ 203,619

$ 162,895

$ 40,724

21-400

Long-range Planning

$ 557,016

$ 445,613

$111,403

21-500

Multi-modal Planning

$ 306,518

$ 245,214

$ 61,304

21-600

Special Planning Activities

$ -

$ -

$ -

PL/ 5303 Total

1,898,199

1,518,559

379,640

Federal Transit Administration 5307 Funds

21-700

FTA Subrecipient Oversight

5307 (FTA)

$ 252,968

$ 202,374

$ 50,594

STBG and CMAQ

22-800.1

TIP Programming Asst

STBG (INDOT)

$ 64,375

$ 51,500

$ 12,875

22-800.2

Air Quality Public Education

CMAQ (INDOT)

$ 450,000

$ 360,000

$ 90,000

**

* Non-salary direct expenses such as travel and supplies for all task groups are budgeted under 21-100 – Administration and Public Participation.

** Non-Federal Cash match to be the responsibility of partners South Shore Clean Cities, Partners for Clean Air, and Private Bike-Map Sponsors.

2021 image

Transportation

Environment

Communication

Finance

Administration

ED


Transportation Director


Mitch Barloga


Gabrielle Biciunas


Charles Bradsky


Eman Ibrahim


Kevin Polette


Scott Weber


James Winters


New TIP/Grant Asst


Peter Kimball


New Planner


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Graduate intern


Undergrad intern


Kathy Luther


Joe Exl


John Smith


Dominique Edwards


Talaya Jones


Accounts Payable


Allen Hammond


Stephanie Kuziela


Lisa Todd


Meredith Stilwell


Candice Eklund


Flor Baum


Ty Warner

UPWP

section

Total task cost


Federal share


Non-Federal Share

Administration and public participation

PL + 5303 activities

Planning management + administration

100.1

325,012

260,010

65,002

1,476

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

410

-

-

-

82

-

-

-

-

-

-

820

-

Public participation + communication tools

100.2

92,146

73,717

18,429

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

82

1,230

-

-

-

-

-

164

-

-

-

Title VI program management & Environmental Justice

100.3

22,529

18,023

4,506

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

328

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

ADA program management

100.4

21,272

17,018

4,254

-

164

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

33

-

-

-

-

-

-

UPWP development and management

100.5

37,284

29,827

7,457

164

-

-

-

-

-

-

164

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

82

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total costs for task group

498,244

398,595

99,649

Data collection + analysis

Transportation data collection

200.1


200.2


200.3


200.4


200.5


200.6

109,366

87,493

21,873

-

-

-

-

-

1,558

-

-

-

164

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Planning data analysis + GIS services

118,723

94,978

23,745

-

-

-

-

-

82

-

-

-

1,082

-

1,640

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Performance-based planning activities

32,219

25,775

6,444

-

-

-

-

-

-

328

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Congestion management

24,164

19,332

4,833

-

-

-

-

-

-

246

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Travel demand modeling

32,219

25,775

6,444

-

-

-

-

-

-

328

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Air quality conformity

16,110

12,888

3,222

-

-

-

-

-

-

164

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total costs for task group

332,802

266,241

66,560

Short-range planning

TIP development

300.1


300.2


300.3

53,015

42,412

10,603

-

-

-

492

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TIP management

132,051

105,641

26,410

-

-

-

1,148

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

164

-

Environmental red flag investigations

18,553

14,842

3,711

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

164

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

82

-

Total costs for task group

203,619

162,895

40,724

Long-range planning

CRP implementation Development

400.1


400.2


400.3


400.4


400.5

152,763

122,210

30,553

-

-

164

-

-

-

-

82

-

-

1,312

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

NWI 2050 Implemetation

133,506

106,805

26,701

-

-

-

-

984

-

-

-

-

-

328

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Regional land use planning

74,271

59,417

14,854

-

-

-

-

656

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Surface transportation planning

81,890

65,512

16,378

-

-

-

-

-

-

574

-

-

328

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Environmental linkages planning

114,587

91,670

22,917

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

246

820

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

246

-

Total costs for task group

557,016

445,613

111,403

Multi-modal planning

Active transportation planning

500.1


500.2

172,638

138,110

34,528

-

1,476

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

820

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Transit planning (programmed in 5307)

133,880

107,104

26,776

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1,394

-

-

-

-

820

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total costs for task group

306,518

245,214

61,304

Special Planning Activities

No activities identified in this UPWP period

600.1

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total budget for PL / 5303 + match

1,898,199

1,518,559

379,640

1,640

1,640

164

1,640

1,640

1,640

1,640

1,640

-

1,574

1,640

1,640

1,640

656

984

82

1,558

164

-

33

-

-

164

-

1,312

-



2021 image

Transportation Environment Communication Finance Administration ED


Transportation Director


Mitch Barloga


Gabrielle Biciunas


Charles Bradsky


Eman Ibrahim


Kevin Polette


Scott Weber


James Winters


New TIP/Grant Asst


Peter Kimball


New Planner


Graduate intern


Undergrad intern


Kathy Luther


Joe Exl


John Smith


Dominique Edwards


Talaya Jones


Accounts Payable


Allen Hammond


Stephanie Kuziela


Lisa Todd


M eredith Stilw ell


Candice Eklund


Flor Baum


Ty W arner

UPWP

section

Total task cost


Federal share


Non-Federal Share

Sub-Recipient Oversight

5307 F

Sub-Recipient oversight

700.1

252,968

202,374

50,594

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

656

-

-

-

66

-

-

-

82

-

1,066

164

820

-

82

-

-

Total budget for 5307 + match

252,968

202,374

50,594

CMAQ and STBG


STBG and CMAQ

NIRPC TIP Program Asst (FY 2021 STBG)

800.1

DES#:NIRPC1600397


64,375


51,500 12,875


984

Air quality public eduction ( FY2021 CMAQ) DES# NIRPC1600453


800.2


450,000


360,000 90,000 *


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-

2021 image

Transportation Environment Communication Finance Administration ED


Transportation Director


Mitch Barloga


Gabrielle Biciunas


Charles Bradsky


Eman Ibrahim


Kevin Polette


Scott Weber


James Winters


New TIP/Grant Asst


Peter Kimball


New Planner


Graduate intern


Undergrad intern


Kathy Luther


Joe Exl


John Smith


Dominique Edwards


Talaya Jones


Accounts Payable


Allen Hammond


Stephanie Kuziela


Lisa Todd


M eredith Stilw ell


Candice Eklund


Flor Baum


Ty W arner

UPWP

section

Total task cost


Federal share


Non-Federal Share

Sub-Recipient Oversight

5307 F

Sub-Recipient oversight

700.1

252,968

202,374

50,594

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

656

-

-

-

66

-

-

-

82

-

1,066

164

820

-

82

-

-

Total budget for 5307 + match

252,968

202,374

50,594

CMAQ and STBG


STBG and CMAQ

NIRPC TIP Program Asst (FY 2021 STBG)

800.1

DES#:NIRPC1600397


64,375


51,500 12,875


984

Air quality public eduction ( FY2021 CMAQ) DES# NIRPC1600453


800.2


450,000


360,000 90,000 *


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-


-

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State Fiscal Year 2022 UPWP Budget Estimate


2121 NIRPC UPWP Simple Budget Summary

UPWP Section

Task Group Name

Funding Source

Total Task Cost

Federal Share

Non-Federal Share

22-100

Administration and Public Participation


PL/5303 (INDOT)

$ 498,244

$ 398,595

$ 99,649

*

22-200

Data Collection & Analysis

$ 332,802

$ 266,241

$ 66,560

22-300

Short-range Planning

$ 203,619

$ 162,895

$ 40,724

22-400

Long-range Planning

$ 557,016

$ 445,613

$111,403

22-500

Multi-modal Planning

$ 306,518

$ 245,214

$ 61,304

22-600

Special Planning Activities

$ -

$ -

$ -

PL/ 5303 Total

1,898,199

1,518,559

379,640

Federal Transit Administration 5307 Funds

22-700

FTA Subrecipient Oversight

5307 (FTA)

$ 252,968

$ 202,374

$ 50,594

STBG and CMAQ

22-800.1

TIP Programming Asst

STBG (INDOT)

$ 66,306

$ 53,045

$ 13,261

22-800.2

Air Quality Public Education

CMAQ (INDOT)

$ 450,000

$ 360,000

$ 90,000

**

* Non-salary direct expenses such as travel and supplies for all task groups are budgeted under 21-100 – Administration and Public Participation.

** Non-Federal Cash match to be the responsibility of partners South Shore Clean Cities, Partners for Clean Air, and Private Bike-Map Sponsors.


2022

Transportation

Environment

Communication

Finance

Administration

ED


Transportation Director


Mitch Barloga


Gabrielle Biciunas


Charles Bradsky


Eman Ibrahim


Kevin Polette


Scott Weber


James Winters


New TIP/Grant Asst


Peter Kimball


New Planner


Graduate intern


Undergrad intern


Kathy Luther


Joe Exl


John Smith


Dominique Edwards


Talaya Jones


Accounts Payable


Allen Hammond


Stephanie Kuziela


Lisa Todd


Meredith Stilwell


Candice Eklund


Flor Baum


Ty Warner

UPWP

section

Total task cost


Federal share


Non-Federal Share

Administration and public participation

PL + 5303 activities

Planning management + administration

100.1

325,012

260,010

65,002

1,476

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

410

-

-

-

82

-

-

-

-

-

-

820

-

Public participation + communication tools

100.2

92,146

73,717

18,429

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

82

1,230

-

-

-

-

-

164

-

-

-

Title VI program management & Environmental Justice

100.3

22,529

18,023

4,506

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

328

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

ADA program management

100.4

21,272

17,018

4,254

-

164

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

33

-

-

-

-

-

-

UPWP development and management

100.5

37,284

29,827

7,457

164

-

-

-

-

-

-

164

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

82

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total costs for task group

498,244

398,595

99,649

Data collection + analysis

Transportation data collection

200.1


200.2


200.3


200.4


200.5


200.6

109,366

87,493

21,873

-

-

-

-

-

1,558

-

-

-

164

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Planning data analysis + GIS services

118,723

94,978

23,745

-

-

-

-

-

82

-

-

-

1,082

-

1,640

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Performance-based planning activities

32,219

25,775

6,444

-

-

-

-

-

-

328

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Congestion management

24,164

19,332

4,833

-

-

-

-

-

-

246

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Travel demand modeling

32,219

25,775

6,444

-

-

-

-

-

-

328

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Air quality conformity

16,110

12,888

3,222

-

-

-

-

-

-

164

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total costs for task group

332,802

266,241

66,560

Short-range planning

TIP development

300.1


300.2


300.3

53,015

42,412

10,603

-

-

-

492

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

TIP management

132,051

105,641

26,410

-

-

-

1,148

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

164

-

Environmental red flag investigations

18,553

14,842

3,711

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

164

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

82

-

Total costs for task group

203,619

162,895

40,724

Long-range planning

CRP implementation Development

400.1


400.2


400.3


400.4


400.5

152,763

122,210

30,553

-

-

164

-

-

-

-

82

-

-

1,312

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

NWI 2050 Implemetation

133,506

106,805

26,701

-

-

-

-

984

-

-

-

-

-

328

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Regional land use planning

74,271

59,417

14,854

-

-

-

-

656

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Surface transportation planning

81,890

65,512

16,378

-

-

-

-

-

-

574

-

-

328

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Environmental linkages planning

114,587

91,670

22,917

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

246

820

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

246

-

Total costs for task group

557,016

445,613

111,403

Multi-modal planning

Active transportation planning

500.1


500.2

172,638

138,110

34,528

-

1,476

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

820

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Transit planning (programmed in 5307)

133,880

107,104

26,776

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1,394

-

-

-

-

820

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total costs for task group

306,518

245,214

61,304

Special Planning Activities

No activities identified in this UPWP period

600.1

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total budget for PL / 5303 + match

1,898,199

1,518,559

379,640

1,640

1,640

164

1,640

1,640

1,640

1,640

1,640

-

1,574

1,640

1,640

1,640

656

984

82

1,558

164

-

33

-

-

164

-

1,312

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Transportation Environment Communication Finance Administration ED


Transportation Director


Mitch Barloga


Gabrielle Biciunas


Charles Bradsky


Eman Ibrahim


Kevin Polette


Scott Weber


James Winters


New TIP/Grant Asst


Peter Kimball


New Planner


Graduate intern


Undergrad intern


Kathy Luther


Joe Exl


John Smith


Dominique Edwards


Talaya Jones


Accounts Payable


Allen Hammond


Stephanie Kuziela


Lisa Todd


Meredith Stilwell


Candice Eklund


Flor Baum


Ty Warner

UPWP

section

Total task cost


Federal share


Non-Federal Share

Sub-Recipient Oversight

5307 F

Sub-Recipient oversight

700.1

252,968

202,374

50,594

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656

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164

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Total budget for 5307 + match

252,968

202,374

50,594

CMAQ and STBG


STBG and CMAQ

NIRPC TIP Program Asst (FY 2021 STBG)

800.1

DES#:NIRPC1600397


66,306


53,045 13,261


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450,000


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About NIRPC


NIRPC is a regional council of local governments serving the citizens of Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties in Northwest Indiana. The Northwest Indiana region is part of the U.S. Census Bureau's Chicago Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). NIRPC provides a forum that enables the citizens of Northwest Indiana to address regional issues relating to transportation, the environment, community, and economic development. NIRPC, as a recipient of federal funds, is subject to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, creed and national origin. The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability.


The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) is a multi-purpose, sub-state, area- wide planning agency. NIRPC was originally established as the Lake-Porter County Regional Transportation and Planning Commission in 1965, pursuant to State-enabling legislation. An amendment to this legislation in 1973 provided the Commission with its current name and allowed for the addition of new member counties. Under this provision, La Porte County joined NIRPC in 1979.


In 1996 the legislation was again amended to provide a seat on the Commission for all of the mayors in the three-county region. The legislation was again amended in 2003 to provide for representation of all 41 cities and towns in the Tri-County area, and to specify that representatives must be elected officials. The legislation under which the Commission operates is contained within Indiana Code Title 36, Article VII, Chapter 7.


NIRPC operates as a cooperative of local governments within the Tri-County area. It is currently comprised of fifty-three members. In addition to the municipal appointments, the County Councils, Boards of Commissioners, and County Surveyors 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 Commission's planning area is strategically located at the southern tip of Lake Michigan and represents an integral part of the greater Chicago metropolitan area. The Commission's planning area is comprised of the three participating counties of Lake, Porter and La Porte, located in the northwestern corner of the State of Indiana. It consists of 741,468 people (2000 Census) and covers 1,520 square miles. There are forty-one cities and towns and forty-four townships within the NIRPC planning area.


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


Northwest Indiana is a diverse and dynamic region whose complexities are reflected in the regional transportation system. The NIRPC planning area includes arguably some of the most strategic and critical links in the national transportation system. These factors combine to make the role of MPO for northwestern Indiana extraordinarily challenging.

In addition to planning responsibilities in the environmental and economic development areas NIRPC provides staff and accounting services for several "partner agencies".


Background + Purpose

NIRPC, as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Northwestern Indiana, has the responsibility to conduct the federally required “3C" transportation planning process for Lake, LaPorte, and Porter Counties. This Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is a core planning document required by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). The UPWP is the approved work plan for the MPO staff, identifying planning tasks and activities to be conducted over the next two years.


This UPWP is also a financial planning document linking resources and staff where they will be the most effective in responding to significant local and regional issues and resolving area-wide problems. It includes all Department of Transportation funded activities. In addition to Planning, it includes transit administration, which is comprised of sub-grantee oversight to transit providers in our region, grant administration, and procurement.


The UPWP continues to balance within the available resources, long and short- range planning and programming; special studies; data gathering, analysis, and dissemination; travel demand modeling; public involvement; and program administration. The UPWP attempts to address the major surface transportation issues facing our region and supports the necessary work required of an MPO in a Transportation Management Area. The UPWP is designed to maintain a certified, 3C transportation planning process in the context of a connected planning process with land use, social justice, economic development, and the environment.


State Authority

Regional planning and coordination came to Northwestern Indiana in 1965 when enabling legislation was passed by the Indiana General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor. The first state law called for a transportation planning commission, which was inspired by the 1962 Federal Highway Act. The state law has since been amended to create what is known today as the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, a three-county council of governments. In the 2007 enabling legislation, NIRPC’s Executive Board membership was expanded and weighted voting was enabled.

About the UPWP


Required Elements

A driving influence in the development of this UPWP is the federal transportation authorization act, The Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST), and the Clean Air Act. The FAST Act was signed into law on December 5, 2015. The FAST Act is a five-year authorization and intends to improve surface transportation infrastructure, including our roads, bridges, transit systems, bicycle and pedestrian networks. The act contains ten national planning factors, provides more flexibility for states and local governments, streamlines project approval processes and maintains a strong commitment to safety


Transportation planning activities are accomplished by NIRPC in an open, transparent and inclusive process that complies with federal metropolitan planning regulations in order to maintain this region’s federal planning certification. According to the planning rule, NIRPC develops the three major required products of a metropolitan area transportation planning process, which are a UPWP, a metropolitan transportation plan with at least a 20-year horizon, and a shorter-range Transportation Improvement Program. The UPWP is organized by major activity and task, in addition to the following details: who will perform the work, the schedule for completing the work, the resulting products, the proposed funding, and a summary of the total amounts and sources of federal and matching funds. The UPWP and other products of the planning process are reviewed by INDOT, FHWA, and FTA for compliance.


Required elements such as Title VI and Environmental Justice Planning can be found in section 100.3.


FHWA + FTA Planning Emphasis Areas

NIRPC also focuses on National Planning Emphasis Areas (PEAs) put forth periodically by USDOT. The PEAs help with the implementation of the FAST Act. On January 23, 2020, PEAs were issued for FY 2020, but not yet released for 2021. The list below includes the PEAs for 2020, and the corresponding section where the PEA has been included into NIRPC’s ongoing planning work. A PEA may be addressed in other UPWP sections; but the following sections will indicate the primary focus areas for meeting the requirements of the PEA:


Planning Emphasis Area

NIRPC Planning Area

Updating Planning Roles and Responsibilities Cooperating Operating Manual (PRRCOM)

100.1 Planning Management + Administration

Traffic Incident Management (TIM)

400.4 Surface Transportation Planning

Local Road Safety Plans (LRSPs)

400.4 Surface Transportation Planning

Participation Plans (PPs)

100.2 Public Participation + Communication Tools


NWI 2050 Strategies

In addition to the federally-required elements of the UPWP, this document also carefully weaves the initiatives and strategies identified in NIRPC’s long-range transportation plan, NWI 2050, throughout the document. Plan NWI requires all NIRPC planning activities to be tied back to one of NWI 2050’s 16 Strategic Initiatives and at least one of the many strategies also identified in the plan. This way NIRPC can ensure that every plan, every program, every policy is in step with the vision identified by the public. The 16 Plan initiatives are:

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  1. Plan for smart land uses and quality of place 400.2: NWI 2050 Implementation

    400.3: Regional Land Use Planning

  2. Plan for an E-commerce landscape 400.2: NWI 2050 Implementation (repeated)

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  3. Plan for Regional transit 500.2: Transit Planning

    700.1 Sub-grantee Oversight

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  4. Plan for Complete Streets and active transportation 500.1: Active Transportation Planning

  5. Plan for continually improved investment prioritization 100.4: Americans with Disabilities Act Program

Management

    1. : Transportation Improvement Program Development

    2. : TIP Development + Management 400.4: Surface Transportation Planning

6) Plan for Main Centers and transit-oriented development 400.2: NWI 2050 Implementation (repeated)

  1. Plan for asset vulnerability and climate change This NWI 2050 Strategic Initiative will be addressed

    with planning activities not currently contained in the UPWP.

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  2. Plan for green infrastructure and open spaces This NWI 2050 Strategic Initiative will be addressed

    with planning activities not currently contained in the UPWP.

  3. Plan for brownfield redevelopment / remediation This NWI 2050 Strategic Initiative will be addressed

    with planning activities not currently contained in the UPWP.

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  4. Plan for transformative investments 100.1: Planning Management + Administration 100.5: UPWP Development and Management 400.1: Comprehensive Regional Plan Development

  5. Plan for a regional data and analysis 200.1: Planning Data Collection

    framework 200.2: Planning Data Analysis + GIS Support Services 200.3: Performance-based Planning Activities

    200.4: Congestion Management 200.5: Travel Demand Modeling

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    300.3: Environmental Red Flag Investigations 400.5: Environmental Linkages Planning

  6. Plan for an engaged public and share best 100.2: Public Participation + Communication Tools practices 100.3: Title VI and Environmental Justice Program

    Management

  7. Plan for more council of government activities This NWI 2050 Strategic Initiative will be addressed

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with planning activities not currently contained in the UPWP.

14) Plan for cleaner air and energy

200.6: Air Quality Conformity 800.1: Air Quality Education

14) Plan for cleaner air and energy

200.6: Air Quality Conformity 800.1: Air Quality Education

  1. Plan for watersheds and water quality This NWI 2050 Strategic Initiative will be addressed

    with planning activities not currently contained in the UPWP.

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  2. Plan for economic development This NWI 2050 Strategic Initiative will be addressed with planning activities not currently contained in the UPWP.

Public Participation


NIRPC’s planning activities are guided by its 2019 Public Participation Plan (PPP), Engage NWI. Engage NWI is the federally required PPP that enables NIRPC staff to ensure that it is meeting all federal requirements for public participation. However, more importantly Engage NWI serves as a guide that enables the public to engage with regional planning. Engage NWI promotes a meaningful exchange of ideas, identification of regional issues and solutions, as well as advancing initiatives to achieve the vision for Northwestern Indiana.


In addition to detailing the technical aspects of public participation it provides details on they type of engagement that is expected when working with the public. This means that every planning activity has a corresponding engagement goal defined by the following chart. This document uses the terms “Inform,” “Consult,” “Involve,” and “Collaborate” to define how NIRPC staff and the public interact to complete NIRPC’s ongoing planning work. NIRPC has an ongoing commitment to ensure that 50% or more of all planning tasks fall into the “Involve,” or “Collaborate” categories of participation.



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Adapted from the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Public Participation Spectrum

Active participation methods

Does the task require?

Inform Consult Involve Collaborate

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Engage NWI goal: Provide public with

objective information and assist their understanding of regional

challenges, options, opportunities, or solutions.

Obtain feedback on regional planning tasks, analyses, or prior to policy making.

Work directly with public and stakeholders throughout planning process to ensure concerns and ideas are consistently understood and considered.

Partner with the public and stakeholders in every aspect of the planning process from project scoping through adoption of plans or policies.

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Involvement methods / tools may include:


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When goal will be selected:

Keep general public and stakeholders informed.


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Website, social media, newsletters, multi-language publications, press releases, mailings, live streaming, white papers, or fact sheets.

The Informlevel of participation will be used for technical documents, but the methods will be used frequently to communicate regularly with the public

Keep public informed, listen and acknowledge concerns and ideas, and provide public with report on how input shaped outcomes.


Activities listed in Informplus surveys, comment forms, webinars, or formal meetings


The Consultlevel of participation will be used less frequently, but the methods will be used when needed


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Work with public and stakeholders to ensure goals and ideas are directly reflected in planning work as much as possible and report on how input shaped outcomes.

Activities listed in Consultplus focus groups, targeted outreach to meet people where they are such as Out and Abouts,or Pop-up Events

The Involvemethod will be used frequently and the methods as well

Work with public and stakeholders to inform planning work from start at project scoping to understand issues, generate solutions, and incorporate feedback to shape outcomes.

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Activities listed in Involveplus task forces, charrettes, keypad polling, and working groups


The Collaboratemethod will be used frequently with major planning processes

Metropolitan planning activities and tasks


  1. | Administration and Public Participation


    100: Administration and Public Participation

    Funding Source

    FY 2021

    FY2022

    Federal PL/ 5307

    $ 398,595

    $ 398,595

    Non-Federal

    $ 99,649

    $ 99,649

    TOTAL

    $ 498,244

    $ 498,244

    Tasks:

    Planning management + administration Public participation + communication tools

    Title VI program management &


    ADA program management


    UPWP development and management

    1. | Planning Management + Administration


      Task Status:

      Ongoing and permanent


      Task Lead:

      Director of Transportation


      Task Contributors:

      Kathy Luther, James Winters, Meredith Stillwell, Flor Baum, and Candice Eklund


      Task Objective:

      Effective management of NIRPC team and resources to achieve high-quality and impactful outcomes from MPO functions. Efficient administration of NIRPC grants and contracts, and support of all Commission and topical committees. Ensure that overall agency outreach and communication is integrated with the public participation requirements of the MPO. Coordinate strategic communication and coordination with neighboring MPOs, federal and state partners, permitting agencies, and NIRPC Commissioners and stakeholders.


      Prior Task Accomplishments:

      • Management of staff performing UPWP tasks and projects

      • Management of planning processes including, but not limited to:

        • Long Range Transportation Plan: NWI 2050

        • 2020-2024 TIP: Invest NWI

        • 2019-2020 UPWP: Plan NWI

        • 2019 Public Participation Plan: Engage NWI

        • Household Travel Survey

      • Quarterly PL and CMAQ Program Reports and Billings

      • Annual PL and CMAQ Completion Reports.

      • Commission and Committee meetings staffed

      • Participation in meetings of coordinating partners


        Task Description:


        Elements:

      • Management of NIRPC team including the coordination of internal team meetings, delegation of work and committee assignments. Staff training, mentorship, professional development, time and attendance review, performance management processes.

      • Administration of financial resources

      • Administration of topical planning committees: production of agendas, minutes, and communication functions by Administrative Assistants for timely distribution of meeting materials.


        Activities:

        Participate in meetings with partners on transportation topics, and subjects with linkages to NWI’s transportation network, throughout the year. Examples include the MPO Council in Indianapolis, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s Transportation Committee, Port of Indiana, etc.

        Coordinated implementation of MPO functions with the public, partners, stakeholders, state, federal, regional, and local agencies. Provide leadership level oversight of the NIRPC Outreach Committee.


        Task Deliverables:

        On-budget and on-schedule delivery of planning program including all grant deliverables and federally required 3C documents identified herein. Quarterly billing, performance evaluations, monthly committee and Commission meetings, and quarterly training activities. Additionally, this task will assist with collaborating with state and federal partners on updating the Planning Roles and Responsibilities Cooperating Operating Manual (PRRCOM).


        Public Engagement Goal:

        Collaborate


        Corresponding NWI 2050 Initiative:

        Plan for Transformative Investments


        Corresponding NWI 2050 Strategies:

        The nature of this task impacts all plan strategies addressed by all other tasks in this document.


        Corresponding NWI 2050 Performance Measures:

        The nature of this task impacts all performance measures addressed by all other tasks in this document.

    2. | Public Participation + Communication Tools


      Task Status:

      Ongoing and permanent


      Task Lead:

      Dominique Edwards


      Task Contributors:

      Gabrielle Biciunas, Mitch Barloga, Charles Bradsky, Joe Exl, Eman Ibrahim, Peter Kimball, Kevin Polette, John Smith, Scott Weber, and James Winters


      Task Objective:

      Implement the NIRPC Public Participation Plan, which includes the public participation requirements for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) found in the federal metropolitan planning regulations. This means the development and execution of a transparent planning process with ample opportunity for input from the public, partners, and stakeholders. Manage and update/upgrade the NIRPC website to be an informative and up to date source for NIRPC planning efforts, meetings, and resources to not only assist constituents who are familiar with and utilize NIRPC services, but to also increase awareness and inclusion of the general public in NIRPC efforts.


      Prior Task Accomplishments:

      • Completion and adoption of Engage NWI: NIRPC’s public participation plan

      • NIRPC Social Media Content

      • NIRPC Weekly Newsletter Content

      • Website updates concerning public outreach activities

      • Outreach to over 400 individuals through the development of NWI 2050 across 54 traditional and non0traditional outreach events

      • Over 3,000 social media and email contacts

      • Over 9,000 “reads” of Weekly Newsletter Content


        Task Description:


        Elements:

        Implement the newly updated Public Participation Plan. Execute communication strategies associated with all planning activities, including the coordination of public participation programs with state and federal entities. Ensure that contact lists are up to date and a list of accessible meeting locations is maintained. Ensure that the provision of alternative formats is made available when requested.


        Activities:

        Plan for, secure, and document public input pertaining to transportation, environmental, and economic development plans and programs, including comment periods and public meetings. Post content regarding planning activities and public comment periods on NIRPC's social media pages and website. Publish a weekly newsletter for distribution to stakeholders and interested parties. NIRPC Website Coordinator will keep the website current. Use virtual public involvement

        methods to modernize NIRPC outreach methods and continue to expand NIRPC’s ongoing conversation with the public.


        Task Deliverables:

      • Implementation of Engage NWI

      • New Social Media Content

      • New Weekly Newsletter Content

      • Website updates concerning public outreach activities

      • Digital public meetings about NIRPC’s ongoing planning work


        Public Engagement Goal:

        Collaborate


        Corresponding NWI 2050 Initiative:

        Plan for an Engaged Public and Share Best-Practices


        Corresponding NWI 2050 Strategies:

        While most planning tasks will use NWI 2050 strategies, planning tasks related to outreach utilize strategies found in Engage NWI to track the effectiveness of engagement.


        Corresponding NWI 2050 Performance Measures:

        While most planning tasks will use NWI 2050 performance measures, planning tasks related to outreach utilize metrics found in Engage NWI to track the effectiveness of engagement. These measures are:

      • Social media analytics

      • Newsletter analytics

      • Events held annually

      • Event participation

    3. | Title VI and Environmental Justice Program Management


      Task Status:

      Ongoing and permanent


      Task Lead:

      Dominique Edwards


      Task Contributors:

      Gabrielle Biciunas, Mitch Barloga, Charles Bradsky, Joe Exl, Eman Ibrahim, Peter Kimball, Kevin Polette, Scott Weber, and James Winters


      Task Objective:

      Continue to ensure that NIRPC and partner Local Public Agencies (LPA) in our region comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This planning activity will ensure that programs and projects adhere to the principles of non-discrimination, as well as ensure the MPO’s nondiscrimination self-certifications remain accurate. Additionally, this planning task will also include the evaluation of NIRPC plans and programs for environmental justice (EJ) sensitivity and work to continuously expand outreach efforts to low-income, minority, and other potentially disadvantaged populations. Explore impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery measures on Title IV and Environmental Justice populations with a focus on the role of transportation access and resilience.


      Prior Task Accomplishments:

      • LPA compliance with Title VI

      • NIRPC’s 2020 Title VI Update

      • EJ Population identification and prioritization in NWI 2050 and the 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program and NOFA


        Task Description:

        Elements:

        Assist and survey LPAs on compliance, including monitoring if LPAs have Title VI implementation plans and that they meet Title VI requirements. If such a plan is not in place with the project sponsor LPA, then INDOT may limit funding to those entities that are not meeting the requirements. Elements of an implementation plan include 1) identification of a person responsible for Title VI; 2) ensure utilization of “Notification of Nondiscrimination” statements; 3) a documented complaint process, and 4) steps used to collect and evaluate data on impacts from the LPAs programs and projects.


        Activities:

        NIRPC will continue to offer technical assistance to those LPAs that need assistance in completing this requirement for the development and implementation of a Title VI Plan. Foster communications, cooperation and coordination of Title VI and EJ populations to regional decision making.


        Development of a report to analyze the impacts of COVID-19 on the economic, social and environmental lenses of Northwestern Indiana. The following factors would be analyzed such as public health, transportation, unemployment rates, food security and more.


        Task Deliverables:

      • Technical assistance to LPAs and robust public outreach

      • Coordination of NIRPC projects in relation to Title VI and EJ community needs and outreach

      • Increased inclusion of EJ communities in the transportation planning process in Northwestern Indiana.

      • A regional snapshot report of COVID-19’s short term impact on Northwestern Indiana and a plan to continue observing future conditions


        Public Engagement Goal:

        Collaborate


        Corresponding NWI 2050 Initiative:

        Plan for an Engaged Public and Share Best-Practices


        Corresponding NWI 2050 Strategies:

        While most planning tasks will use NWI 2050 strategies, planning tasks related to outreach utilize strategies found in Engage NWI to track the effectiveness of engagement.


        Corresponding NWI 2050 Performance Measures:

        While most planning tasks will use NWI 2050 performance measures, planning tasks related to outreach utilize metrics found in Engage NWI to track the effectiveness of engagement. These measures are:

      • Social media analytics related to engagement of Title VI and EJ populations

      • Newsletter analytics related to engagement of Title VI and EJ populations

      • Annual events held throughout the year within Title VI and EJ communities

      • Event participation of Title VI and EJ populations

    4. | Americans with Disabilities Act Program Management


      Task Status:

      Ongoing and permanent


      Task Lead:

      Mitch Barloga


      Task Contributors:

      Allen Hammond


      Task Objective:

      Ensure all LPAs in our region that are required to have transition plans are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.


      Prior Task Accomplishments:

      NIRPC technical assistance to LPAs to achieve compliance with ADA transition planning requirements. Assistance with the ADA Bus Inventory project.


      Task Description:

      Elements:

      Assist LPAs with compliance and technical assistance of ADA transition plans. Assist in the continuous improvement required to help LPAs maintain ADA transition plans as a “living document.” INDOT may limit funding to those entities that are not meeting the requirements. While NIRPC has provided the ADA Bus Stop Inventory and Assessment to LPAs, priority in the TIP project selection process, ultimately submissions to the TIP and the replacement schedule for bus stops will reside with the LPA.


      Activities:

      Direct communication with LPAs regarding ADA compliance, transition plan development maintenance, and management.


      Task Deliverables:

      As-needed and ongoing technical assistance.


      Public Engagement Goal:

      Inform


      Corresponding NWI 2050 Initiative:

      Plan for Continually Improved Investment Prioritization


      Corresponding NWI 2050 Strategies:

      • Prioritize transit investments that better connect the Environmental Justice populations to job centers, medical facilities, recreations centers, shopping districts, and educational institutions

      • Prioritize transit investments that connect communities in environmental justice areas, people who are elderly, low-income, people with disabilities, and veterans.

      • Improve the accessibility of regional pedestrian and transit infrastructure by allocating funding for the implementation of locally-developed ADA transition plans, and incorporating Universal Design standards so all public infrastructure meets or exceeds ADA standards.


        Corresponding NWI 2050 Performance Measures:

      • All Purpose Average Trip Time

      • Work Purpose Average Trip Time

      • School Purpose Average Trip Time

      • Percent of Population within ¼-mile Network Distance to a Trail or Bicycle Facility

      • Percent of Population within ¼-mile Network Distance to a Trail or Bicycle Facility Crossing Municipal/County Jurisdictions

      • Number of Non-Motorized Serious Injuries and Fatalities

      • Total Number of Reportable Injuries and Rate per Total Vehicle Revenue Miles by Mode

      • Average Walk Score in “Main Centers”

      • Percent of Environmental Justice (EJ) Area Population within ¼-mile of a Trail or Multi- Use Path

      • Percent Adults Reporting Physical Inactivity

    5. | UPWP Development + Management


Task Status:

Ongoing and permanent


Task Lead:

James Winters


Task Contributors:

Director of Transportation, Talaya Jones


Task Objective:

Develop and manage the UPWP and its amendments. The UPWP includes planning activities to implement NWI 2050, applicable laws, and regulations to support the federally required 3C transportation process for MPOs as outlined in metropolitan planning regulations.


Prior Task Accomplishments:

Production, management and amendments of the 2019-2020 UPWP. UPWP continued to respond to the recommendations of the federal certification review. Amendment #1 and Amendment #2 to 2019-2020 UPWP submitted to INDOT/USDOT for approval. Annual quarterly UPWP reporting.


Task Description:

Elements:

A planning work program that addresses the needs of NIRPC, requirements of the federal regulation, and is responsive to the public, partners, and stakeholders.


Activities:

Identification of planning tasks and activities that assist in the implementation of NWI 2050. All members of NIRPC’s planning team contribute to this task through their program areas through annual and quarterly reporting as well as annual UPWP development.


Task Deliverables: