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Portage, Indiana 46368

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Surface Transportation Committee (STC) Meeting

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

Zoom Meeting Information: https://zoom.us/j/97516186111?pwd=YmU3T2xLdjlEVVlLdXB0VmE0cHBRQT09 Meeting ID: 975 1618 6111

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Dial in: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Annotated Agenda

1.0 Call to Order by Chairman and Pledge of Allegiance


2.0 Public Comment on Agenda Items

This is an opportunity for comments from members of the audience. The amount of time available to speak will be limited to 3 minutes. Commenters must indicate their wish to comment in advance with the Chair or NIRPC staff.


3.0 Minutes of January 5, 2021 (pp. 1-2)

Action Requested: Approval


4.0 Resolution 21-06: Performance Measures (pp. 3-5)

Adoption of Indiana state performance targets for pavement conditions, bridge conditions and freight.


5.0 Resolution 21-08: MOVE NWI Adherence (pp. 6-11)

Demonstrate that projects in plan amendment conform to congestion management process.


6.0 Staff Updates

This is an opportunity for NIRPC staff to provide relevant updates.


7.0 Adjournment. The next STC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. in the Lake Michigan Room at the NIRPC office.


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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

Virtual Meeting January 5, 2021 Minutes


This meeting was convened as an electronic meeting, pursuant to Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-04 and 20-09, extended by Executive Order 20-50. All persons were meeting remotely on the Zoom platform that allowed for real time interaction and supported the public’s ability to observe and record the proceedings. When the agenda item was provided for public comment, this was supported as well. A roll call was taken to motion and approve the agenda items. Please click here for the full recording of the STC meeting.


Tom Schmitt called the meeting to order at 9:01 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance and roll call. In attendance were Gerald Swets, Jeff Huet, Mark O’Dell, Dean Button, Nick Bellar, Kevin Brietzke, Bryan Blazak, Trisha Nugent, Rita Cavin, Don Oliphant, David Wright, Timothy Werner, Eric Wolverton, Jennifer Fehlman, Craig Phillips, Bob Thompson, and Dennis Cobb.


NIRPC staff present were Meredith Stilwell, Scott Weber, Kevin Polette, Candice Eklund, Peter Kimball, Charles Bradsky, and Flor Baum.


There were no public comments.


The minutes of the December 1, 2020 meeting were corrected and approved on motion by Mark O’Dell and second by Dean Button.


The committee reviewed the Fiscal Years 2025-2026 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) project applications for the New Roadways and Quality of Place – Roadway Expansion project types. These projects were previously considered Tier 3 in the 2025-2026 NOFA materials, but because of an action taken at the December 16, 2020 Transportation Resources Oversight Committee (TROC) meeting, these project types were moved to Tier 2. The December 16, 2020 TROC meeting also requested the STC to review these projects again with the goal of coalescing support for a small number of them. The projects discussed were from the City of Hobart, The City of La Porte, Porter County, Saint John, and Schererville. The projects that will were selected to be carried forward were the following.

New Roadway Submissions

Both Schererville submissions are legacy projects and were considered an important factor to keep these projects going.

On motion by Bob Thompson and second by George Topoll, the STC unanimously agreed to recommend the two New Roadway Submissions (Porter County and St. John) and two Roadway Expansion submissions from Schererville to the Technical Planning Committee (TPC). The Land Use Committee will also have a vote on New Roadway submissions and Roadway Expansions submissions. Any inconsistencies in the voting will be adjudicated at the February TPC meeting.


Next Meeting

The next Surface Transportation Committee meeting is slated for Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. at the NIRPC offices.

The meeting concluded at 11:08 a.m.

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RESOLUTION 21-06


A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTHWESTERN INDIANA

REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION ADJUSTING PAVEMENT CONDITION, BRIDGE CONDITION, AND FREIGHT PERFORMANCE MEASURE TARGETS FOR 2021


April 15, 2021


WHEREAS, Northwest Indiana’s citizens require a safe, efficient, effective, resource-conserving regional transportation system that maintains and enhances regional mobility and contributes to improving the quality of life in Northwest Indiana; and


WHEREAS, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, hereafter referred to as “the Commission”, being designated the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County area, has established a regional, comprehensive, cooperative, and continuing (3-C) transportation planning process to develop the unified planning work program, a transportation plan, and a transportation improvement program to facilitate federal funding for communities, counties, and transit operators, and to provide technical assistance and expertise to regional transportation interests; and


WHEREAS, the Commission performs the above activities to satisfy requirements of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015 (PL 114-94), applicable portions of all prior federal transportation program authorizing legislation, as well as other federal, state, and local laws mandating or authorizing transportation planning activities; and


WHEREAS, the NWI 2050 Plan and FY 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program are products of a multi-modal, 3-C transportation planning process, compatible with regional goals and objectives and socio-economic and demographic factors; and


WHEREAS, the FAST Act of 2015 requires the Commission to adopt 2-year and 4-year pavement condition, bridge condition, and freight performance measure targets; and


WHEREAS, the FAST Act of 2015 requires, within 180 days of the state department of transportation adopting or adjusting targets, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to either adopt the targets of the state department of transportation or develop their own targets; and


WHEREAS, the Indiana Department of Transportation adjusted its pavement condition, bridge condition, and freight performance measure targets in October 2020, and the Commission finds that the Commission should support the Indiana Department of Transportation’s targets; and


WHEREAS, the NWI 2050 Plan and FY 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program must be amended to reflect the adjusted pavement condition, bridge condition, and freight performance measure targets; and

WHEREAS, the changes to the NWI 2050 Plan and FY 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program brought about by this amendment fit the criteria of a technical amendment according to the Engage NWI plan; and


WHEREAS, the Technical Policy Committee (TPC) has recommended that the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission make these changes to the NWI 2050 Plan and FY 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission hereby adjusts pavement condition, bridge condition, and freight performance measure targets for 2021 by making the following changes to the NWI 2050 Plan and FY 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program in a manner consistent with the definitions of a technical amendment as defined in Engage NWI and as shown on the attachment to this resolution.


Duly adopted by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission this fifteenth day of April, 2021.


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ATTEST:

George Topoll Chairperson


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Richard Hardaway Secretary

Changes to the NWI 2050 Plan:


Page Number

Performance Measure

Original Text

Amended Text

190

Percent of Interstate pavements in good condition

“At least 84.24% by 2019 and at least 84.24% by 2021 (statewide targets)”

“At least 84.24% by 2019 and at least 50% by 2021 (statewide targets)”

191

Percent of non- Interstate National Highway System (NHS) pavements in

good condition

“At least 78.71% by 2019 and at least 78.71% by 2021 (statewide targets)”

“At least 78.71% by 2019 and at least 40% by 2021 (statewide targets)”

192

Percent of National Highway System

(NHS) bridge area in good condition

“At least 48.32% by 2019 and at least 48.32% by 2021 (statewide targets)”

“At least 48.32% by 2019 and at least 47.2% by 2021 (statewide targets)”

192

Percent of National Highway System (NHS) bridge area in

poor condition

“No more than 2.63% by 2019 and no more than 2.63% by 2021 (statewide targets)”

“No more than 2.63% by 2019 and no more than 3.1% by 2021 (statewide targets)”

215

Truck Travel Time Reliability Index (TTTRI)

“1.27 by 2019 and 1.24 by 2021

(statewide targets)”

“1.27 by 2019 and 1.30 by 2021

(statewide targets)”


Changes to the FY 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program:

Page Number(s)

Performance Measure

Original Target/Desired Trend

Amended Target/Desired Trend

30

Percent of Interstate pavements in good condition

“at least 84.24% in 2019

and 84.24% in 2021”

“at least 84.24% in 2019 and

50% in 2021”

30

Percent of non- Interstate NHS pavements in good

condition

“at least 78.71% in 2019

and 78.71% in 2021”

“at least 78.71% in 2019 and

40% in 2021”

30-31

Percent of NHS bridge area in good condition

“at least 48.32% in 2019

and 48.32% in 2021”

“at least 48.32% in 2019 and

47.2% in 2021”

31

Percent of NHS bridge area in poor condition

“no more than 2.63% in 2019 and 2.63% in 2021”

“no more than 2.63% in 2019

and 3.1% in 2021”

32

Truck Travel Time Reliability Index (TTTRI)

“no more than 1.27 in 2019

and 1.24 in 2021”

“no more than 1.27 in 2019

and 1.30 in 2021”

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RESOLUTION 21-08


A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTHWESTERN INDIANA

REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION DETERMINING ADHERENCE OF NWI 2050 AMENDMENT #2 AND 2022-2026 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM TO MOVE NWI CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROCESS


April 15, 2021


WHEREAS, Northwest Indiana’s citizens require a safe, efficient, effective, resource-conserving regional transportation system that maintains and enhances regional mobility and contributes to improving the quality of life in Northwest Indiana; and


WHEREAS, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, hereafter referred to as “the Commission”, being designated the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County area, has established a regional, comprehensive, cooperative, and continuing (3-C) transportation planning process to develop the unified planning work program, a transportation plan, and a transportation improvement program to facilitate federal funding for communities, counties, and transit operators, and to provide technical assistance and expertise to regional transportation interests; and


WHEREAS, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, hereafter referred to as “the Commission,” is designated as a Transportation Management Area (TMA) according to the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) by being a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) with a Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA) of over 200,000 population in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties; and


WHEREAS, the Commission performs the above activities to satisfy requirements of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015 (PL 114-94), applicable portions of all prior federal transportation program authorizing legislation, as well as other federal, state, and local laws mandating or authorizing transportation planning activities; and


WHEREAS, the NWI 2050 Plan and 2022-2026 Transportation Improvement Program are products of a multi-modal, 3-C transportation planning process, compatible with regional goals and objectives and socio-economic and demographic factors; and


WHEREAS, MOVE NWI is a product of a multi-modal, 3-C transportation planning process, compatible with regional goals and objectives and socioeconomic and demographic factors used to inform NWI 2050, as amended, and the 2022-2026 Transportation Improvement Program; and


WHEREAS, MOVE NWI is an implementation of the NWI 2050 Plan, as amended, and satisfies Title 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 450.322 requiring a TMA to apply a Congestion Management Process for any project(s) adding capacity to the transportation network; and

WHEREAS, the determination of adherence of the NWI 2050 Plan, as amended, and 2022-2026 Transportation Improvement Program to MOVE NWI fit the criteria of a technical document required to fulfill federal requirements according to the Engage NWI plan; and


WHEREAS, the Technical Policy Committee (TPC) has recommended that the NWI 2050 Plan, as amended, and 2022-2026 Transportation Improvement Program be determined to adhere to the MOVE NWI Congestion Management Process.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission hereby determines that the NWI 2050 Plan Amendment #2 and 2022-2026 Transportation Improvement Program adhere to the MOVE NWI Congestion Management Process and as shown on the attachment to this resolution.


Duly adopted by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission this fifteenth day of April, 2021.


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ATTEST:

George Topoll Chairperson


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Richard Hardaway Secretary

MOVE NWI (Congestion Management Process) Adherence for NWI 2050 Amendment #2 and FY 2022-2026 Transportation Improvement Program


Background:


In accordance with MOVE NWI, the federally required Congestion Management Process for the Northwestern Indiana Transportation Management Area (TMA), NIRPC is required to demonstrate that projects included in NWI 2050 Amendment #2 and the FY 2022-2026 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) subject to MOVE NWI adherence as defined in the Evaluating Projects section of MOVE NWI adhere to MOVE NWI. NIRPC staff determined that there are only two projects in NWI 2050 Amendment #2 and the FY 2022-2026 TIP that meet the criteria and need to demonstrate MOVE NWI adherence: the Town of St. John’s Cline Ave gap project and Porter County’s Willowcreek Rd extension project Phases 3 and 4. This analysis documents MOVE NWI adherence for these two projects.


Project Evaluation:


Town of St. John Cline Ave Gap Project:


The Town of St. John’s Cline Ave gap project is a project that would construct a new road segment between 93rd Ave and 101st Ave in the Town of St. John near its boundaries with unincorporated Lake County and the Town of Schererville. The project was identified in the Northwest Indiana Regional Corridors Study published by NIRPC in 2016 as a corridor of regional significance. Figure 1 below shows a map of the project.


Figure 1: Town of St. John’s Cline Ave Gap Project Map

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This project has not yet been included in the fiscally constrained NWI 2050 plan nor in any Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Therefore, before including the project in any Metropolitan Transportation Plan or TIP, as a new roadway it is required to demonstrate adherence to MOVE NWI according to the Evaluating Projects section under the New Roadways Program. Table 19 in MOVE NWI lists the 15-step process for determining MOVE NWI adherence for the New Roadways Program. Step 11 states that if NIRPC runs the Travel Demand Model and determines that vehicle hours traveled (VHT) are projected to be reduced by 5% or more on road segments within 2 miles of the project area, then the project is found to adhere to MOVE NWI

regardless of the outcome of the other steps. NIRPC staff ran the Travel Demand Model, looking closely at the results of the prevailing traffic pattern of using 93rd Ave and 101st Ave in order to access Blaine St being allowed to stay on Cline Ave instead as a result of this project. Blaine St is clearly within 2 miles of the project area, so a Travel Demand Model analysis of its traffic patterns as well as the improvements on 93rd Ave and 101st Ave to access Blaine St is clearly within the scope of MOVE NWI. Table 1 below summarizes the results of this analysis.


Table 1: Travel Demand Model Analysis of Town of St. John Cline Ave Gap Project Area


Scenario

No-Build Vehicle Hours Traveled (VHT) on Blaine St and 93rd/101st Ave between Cline Ave and Blaine St

No-Build Vehicle Hours Traveled (VHT) on Blaine St and 93rd/101st Ave between Cline Ave and Blaine St

Percent Reduction in Vehicle Hours Traveled (VHT) Resulting from Project

2030 Cline Ave Gap

Project (93rd Ave to 101st Ave)

296.95

278.10

6.3%


Since the Vehicle Hours Traveled (VHT) reduction according to Table 1 above is greater than 5%, the Town of St. John’s Cline Ave Gap project is found to adhere to MOVE NWI.


Porter County Willowcreek Rd Extension Project:


The Porter County Willowcreek Rd extension project is a project that consists of 4 phases. Phases 1 and 2 involve the portion from 700 N (northern terminus) to SR 130 (southern terminus). These 2 phases are already included in the fiscally constrained NWI 2050 plan, and funding for them has been partially included in the Fiscal Year 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program. Phases 3 and 4 involve the bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad Right-of-Way and the segment from SR 130 (northern terminus) to US 30 (southern terminus). See Figure 2 below for a map of the project area.

Figure 2: Porter County’s Willowcreek Rd Extension Project Map

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These phases have heretofore not been included in the fiscally constrained NWI 2050 plan, nor has funding for them been included in any TIP. As such, MOVE NWI adherence is required per the Evaluating Projects section under the New Roadways Program. Table 19 in MOVE NWI lists the 15-step process for determining

MOVE NWI adherence for the New Roadways Program. Step 11 states that if NIRPC runs the Travel Demand Model and determines that vehicle hours traveled (VHT) are projected to be reduced by 5% or more on road segments within 2 miles of the project area, then the project is found to adhere to MOVE NWI regardless of the outcome of the other steps. The Northwest Indiana Regional Corridors Study published by NIRPC in 2016 clearly shows in Appendix B on page 56 shows that VHT are projected to be reduced by 219.78% on corridors within 5 miles of the alignment and 79.74% on 475 W (between SR 130 and US 30) alone, a corridor clearly within 2 miles of the Willowcreek Rd Phase 4 alignment, regardless of which alternative is chosen. Table 2 below shows the Travel Demand Model analysis for the Willowcreek Rd corridor during the Regional Corridors Study analysis when NIRPC staff looked at corridors within 2 miles of the alignment as now prescribed in MOVE NWI.


Table 2: Travel Demand Model Analysis for Willowcreek Rd Extension Project from Northwest Regional Corridors Study


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It is clear from Table 2 above that the Vehicles Hours Traveled (VHT) reductions as a result of the Porter County Willowcreek Rd Extension project well exceed 5%. Thus, Porter County’s Willowcreek Rd extension project is demonstrated to adhere to MOVE NWI.


Conclusion:


The Project Evaluation section above demonstrates that both the Town of St. John’s Cline Ave gap project and Porter County’s Willowcreek Rd extension project phases 3&4 adhere to MOVE NWI according to a travel demand model analysis. Thus, NIRPC staff recommends a finding of adherence to MOVE NWI to be determined by the NIRPC Executive Board/Full Commission after recommendations by the Surface Transportation Committee and Technical Planning Committees.