NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION FULL COMMISSION/EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 9:00 A.M.

NIRPC Lake Michigan Room 6100 Southport Road, Portage, IN


A G E N D A


  1. Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance – Jim Ton, Chair

  2. New Appointment to the Commission – David Hollenbeck/Ethan Lowe


  3. Approval of Minutes of the October 20, 2016 Executive Board Meeting Pages 1-5

  4. Report of the Chair – Jim Ton

    1. Nominating Committee

    2. Action on NIRPC Committee Descriptions (Handout)


  5. Report of the Executive Director – Ty Warner

    1. Congressional Record Recognizing NIRPC’s 50th Anniversary Page 6

    2. NIRPC History (Handout)

    3. Staff Service Awards


  6. Finance & Personnel Committee – Diane Noll

    1. Finance & Personnel Committee – Diane Noll Pages 7-25 Action on Procurement Recommendation Pages 10

    2. Action on 2017 Budget Pages 11-19

    3. Action on Executive Director Contract Pages 20-25


  7. Environmental Management Policy Committee – Geof Benson


  8. Technical Planning Committee – Michael Griffin Pages 26-103

    1. Presentation: Greenways + Blueways 2020 Update – Mitch Barloga

      Public Comment Report Pages 26-50

    2. Action on Resolution 16-34, FY 2017 UPWP Amendment 2 for

      Road Safety Audits Pages 51-55

    3. Action on Resolution 16-35, B-List of Projects for Lake and Porter Counties Pages 56-58

    4. Public Comment Report, SR 249 Burns Harbor Bridge Pages 59-60

    5. Action on Resolution 16-36, Congestion Management Process

      SR 249 Burns Harbor Bridge Pages 61-68

    6. Action on Resolution 16-37, Environmental Justice Analysis

      SR 249 Burns Harbor Bridge Pages 69-75

    7. Action on Resolution 16-38, Air Quality Conformity Determination Pages 76-91

    8. Action on Resolution 16-39, 2040 CRP Companion Update Amendment Pages 92-93

    9. Action on Resolution 16-40, FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement

      Program Amendment #32 Pages 94-103


  9. INDOT, Rick Powers, La Porte District Deputy Commissioner


  10. Other Business


  11. Public Comment


  12. Announcements


  13. Adjournment


The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, parental status, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program.


NIRPC Executive Board Meeting NIRPC, 6100 Southport Road, Portage, IN

October 20, 2016 Minutes


Chairman Jim Ton called the meeting to order at 9:25 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. Bob Carnahan asked for a moment of silence for the people who recently lost their lives on I-65 and reminded people to be extra careful when driving through work zones.

Executive Board members present included Kevin Breitzke, Dave Decker, Blair Milo, Diane Noll, Greg Stinson and Jim Ton.


Other Commissioners present included Bob Carnahan, Christine Cid, Will Farrellbegg, Karen Freeman- Wilson, Sylvia Graham, Richard Hardaway, Jack Jeralds, Dave Shafer and George Topoll.

Guests present included Joyce Newland, Susan Orona, Rick Powers, Christopher Anderson, John Swanson, Heather Ennis, Dean Button, James Nowacki, Don Oliphant, Bill McCall, Tim Zorn and Andrew Steele.

Staff present included Ty Warner, Steve Strains, Ethan Lowe, Jody Melton, Angie Hayes, Kathy Luther, Eman, Ibrahim, Gary Evers, Mitch Barloga, Gabrielle Biciunas, Scott Weber, James Winters, Stephen Sostaric and Mary Thorne.


Jim Ton noted that there was not yet a quorum to conduct business, so agenda items not requiring action would be discussed first.

New Appointments: Ethan Lowe announced that two certificates of appointment were received, one from the City of Gary appointing Karen Freeman-Wilson and one from the Town of Burns Harbor appointing Eric Hull.


Report of the Chair – Jim Ton

  1. Jim Ton announced the formation of the Nominating Committee; the members are Jim Ton, Michael Griffin and Diane Noll.

  2. It has become evident that there are urban core and environmental justice concerns that can be more explicitly written into our existing committee structure. Action will be taken on this in order to address the need for more explicit language. The committee preference sheets for the 2017 cycle will again go out and your participation is appreciated.

  3. The Local Government Assistance Committee will be given the additional charge of supporting urban core communities.

  4. The Outreach Committee will be charged to have a specific awareness of environmental justice issues.

  5. This new paradigm for committee structure has created some discussion, a part of which is the use of the same acronym for both the former Transportation Policy Committee and the new


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    Technical Planning Committee. However, the new TPC performs different functions than the former committee. Some inflight adjustments have been made. Two directly funded transit operators have been added to the committee membership with voting privileges. These changes will be made to the committee descriptions and a new request for participation will be sent out.

  6. The comment period for the notice of proposed federal rulemaking on consolidation of Metropolitan Planning Organizations has been reopened until October 24. Mary Thorne will provide the contact information for submitting your comments regarding the proposed rulemaking, most likely in opposition.


Report of the Executive Director – Ty Warner

  1. Ty Warner said he will be speaking tomorrow morning at Ivy Tech at a Business & Economic Outlook Forum.

  2. Regarding the proposed federal rulemaking mentioned by Jim Ton, there was a great outpouring of concern across the country against the proposed MPO consolidation. NIRPC is working on a follow up joint letter with Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.

  3. The Indiana Bicentennial Torch was carried by Bob Carnahan, Brian Snedecor, Dave Uran, Joe Stahura, Michael Griffin, Geof Benson and Justin Kiel, the youngest town council member in the State of Indiana. Bob Carnahan said he was at the very well-attended closing ceremony that evening in the Town of Waterman.

  4. Dave Shafer received the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) Financial Management award.

  5. Ed Soliday received the Indiana Legislator of the Year award from IACT.

  6. On December 8, the second Thursday of the month, the Full Commission will meet to approve the budget. Also, there will be a celebration commemorating NIRPC’s 50th Anniversary. Kevin Breitzke noted that the 200th birthday of Indiana is on December 11th.


Minutes: Jim Ton noted that with the arrival of Blair Milo, a quorum of the Executive Board has been met. The minutes of the September 15, 2016 Executive Board meeting were approved on a motion by Greg Stinson and a second by Kevin Breitzke.


Addition to the Report of the Chair – Jim Ton

Jim Ton asked for action on Resolution 16-29, Support for the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority’s Strategic Development Plan Update with focus on the West Lake expansion and the South Shore double-tracking project. Kevin Breitzke made a motion, seconded by Greg Stinson, to adopt Resolution 16-29 supporting the RDA’s Strategic Development Plan Update focusing on the West Lake expansion and the South Shore double-tracking with the costs, benefits and fiscal and economic impacts of that expansion. The motion carried.


Finance & Personnel Committee:


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Technical Planning Committee:

  1. Vice Chair Kevin Breitzke reported that the Technical Planning Committee met on October 11th and heard a presentation from staff on the Greenways & Blueways 2020 Plan and Open House Schedule. The draft Plan will be on NIRPC’s website tomorrow, along with information on the four Open Houses scheduled to take place. The final draft of the Plan is expected to be before the TPC and Commission in December for an action to approve. Please contact Mitch Barloga for details.

  2. An ad-hoc committee met and reviewed the “B-List” application solicitation for projects in Lake and Porter Counties. Project proposals would be received and ready to be presented for recommendation at the November 1st Technical Planning Committee meeting, and then on to the Full Commission for consideration and action at its December 8th meeting. The application deadline was yesterday. Staff will review the applications and develop draft rankings for the ad- hoc committee to review. The TPC will review the rankings at their next meeting and recommend them to the NIRPC Board for adoption at their meeting on December 8 at 9 a.m. at NIRPC.

  3. Staff presented on the Air Quality Conformity Determination between the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan as updated and amended, the FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program and the Indiana State Implementation Plan for Air Quality.

  4. Four actions were presented for recommendation. The first action was on Resolution 16-30, Amendment No. 30 to the FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement, found on pages 14 to 19. Gary Evers explained the amendment for INDOT projects. The amendment was vetted by the Interagency Consultation Group and no public comments were received. On a motion by Greg Stinson and a second by Dave Decker, the Executive Board voted to adopt Resolution 16-30, Amendment No. 30 to the FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program.

  5. The second action was on Resolution 16-31, Amendment No. 31 to the FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement. Gary Evers explained this amendment for Local Public Agency projects. The amendment was vetted by the Interagency Consultation Group and no public comments were received. On a motion by Blair Milo and a second by Greg Stinson, the Executive Board voted to adopt Resolution 16-31, Amendment No. 31 to the FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program.

  6. The third action is on Resolution 16-32, the LaPorte County B-List Rankings. Gary Evers explained this amendment listing five new Federal Aid projects totaling $317,801 for LaPorte County. On a motion by Greg Stinson and a second by Blair Milo, the Executive Board voted to adopt Resolution 16-32, the LaPorte County B-List Rankings.

  7. The fourth action was on Resolution 16-33, Amendment No. 1 to the FY 2017-2018 Unified Planning Work Program. Eman Ibrahim explained this three-part amendment which adds a new program for a Household Travel Survey, I-65/US 30 safety planning and Air Quality Education/Outreach. NIRPC is grateful to INDOT for allowing us to use the carryover funds for these programs. On a motion by Dave Decker and a second by Blair Milo, the Executive Board voted to adopt Resolution 16-33, Amendment No. 1 to the FY 2017-2018 Unified Planning Work Program.

  8. The last action was on the Interlocal Agreement to Engineer Signage on Regional Trails. Mitch Barloga explained this action on the agreement between 10 local agencies and NIRPC. On a motion by Greg Stinson and a second by Blair Milo, the Executive Board voted to adopt the Interlocal Agreement to Engineer Signage on Regional Trails.

  9. The Committee also heard updates from all Topical Committees either through NIRPC staff or committee members. Please see Mitch Barloga for details on these reports.

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  10. Due to the November 8 elections, the next meeting of the Technical Planning Committee will be moved up one week to Tuesday, November 1st at 9 a.m. in NIRPC’s Lake Michigan Room.


Indiana Department of Transportation:

  1. Rick Powers commended the efforts of the LPAs and INDOT staff during the construction season, which made the Northwest District number 1. Approximately 163 contracts were awarded; none were rejected. The impacts are already being felt. The roads in LaPorte are greatly improved. Construction should be completed on time. People should be extra cautious and slow down to avoid any accidents in these construction zones.

  2. There are increased thefts of copper wire and everyone is encouraged to report any suspicious activity. Repair and replacement costs are very high. Indiana taxpayers are being ripped-off and highway safety is being compromised. INDOT is considering implementation of some theft deterrent measures.

  3. Winter preparation has begun.

  4. INDOT is working with the City of Gary on the high water issues.

  5. With regard to the Illiana, INDOT is in the same position as in the beginning. Ty Warner commented that there is a lawsuit filed against the State of Illinois.


Other Business:

  1. Blair Milo said the Legislative Committee will meet next month at a date to be determined to put together a plan of action for the next legislative session of the General Assembly. There would be some cohesion with the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT).

  2. Blair Milo thanked everyone involved in the improvements made to the roads in the City of La Porte.

  3. Kevin Breitzke said NIRPC is monitoring the Great Lakes Basin Railroad plan and reminded everyone that up-to-date information can be found on NIRPC’s website under “Hot Topics.”

  4. Dave Decker said that the Freight Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 1 at 10 a.m. at NIRPC.


Public Comment on Agenda Items:

James Nowacki, Gary resident, commented on the presidential election, the flooding situation on the 12/20 corridor project in Gary and the lead poisoning issue in East Chicago.


Announcements:

  1. Robert Carnahan asked for volunteer judges for the Cedar Lake Parade of Lights on November 19.

  2. Steve Strains, who has been at NIRPC for 43 years and Belinda Petroskey, who has been at NIRPC for 41 years, were feted with a presentation on their careers and words of praise from John Swanson, former Executive Director and Ty Warner, current Executive Director. Belinda Petroskey was out of town. Steve Strains spoke briefly on his career with NIRPC.

Hearing no other business, on a motion by Greg Stinson and a second by Kevin Breitzke, Jim Ton adjourned the meeting at 10:45 a.m.


A Digital MP3 of this meeting is filed. Contact Mary Thorne at the phone or email below should you wish to receive a copy of it. DVD recordings will be available once they are received by NIRPC from the videographer.


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For requests for alternate formats, please contact Mary Thorne at NIRPC at (219) 763-6060 extension 131 or

at mthorne@nirpc.org. Individuals with hearing impairments may contact us through the Indiana Relay 711 service by calling 711 or (800) 743-3333.


The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, parental status, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program.


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PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES OF THE 114th CONGRESS, SECON D SESSION


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VISCLOSKY HONORS NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION


Mr. Speaker: It is with great pleasure and admiration that I recognize the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) as the organization celebrates its 50°' anniversary.


Since its inception in 1966 as the Lake-Porter County Regional Transportation and Planning Commission, which became NIRPC in 1973, the agency continues to play a vital role in the planning and coordination of Northwest Indiana's highway, local road , public transit and trails systems. In addition, NIRPC continues to perform essential regional environmental planning and land use analysis. Serving the people of Lake, LaPorte and Porter Counties, NIRPC's coordinating role among the various public interests has been crucial to the success of the region.


During the course of the past 50 years, NIRPC has been instrumental in shaping our region 's view toward transportation infrastructure as well as land-use planning . Often, we narrowly view transportation infrastructure as simply the roads upon which we drive. The organization's executive directors, Board of Commissioners, and transportation planners have challenged this understanding by developing programs focused upon regional transit, through its support for increasing commuter transportation opportunities along existing bus systems and the South Shore Rail Line, upon our waterways, by shaping transportation policies along our rivers, and upon our multi-modal trail system, the availability of which increased from 13 miles in 1990 to nearly 150 miles currently under NIRPC's direction. NIRPC's work to expand the concepts of interconnectivity w ithin the communities in its three-county system benefits the economic development of our region as does its work in support of the Marquette Plan, a land-use reinvestment strategy focused upon the Lake Michigan shoreline. Working in coordination with the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority and the lakefront communities, NIRPC's technical expertise has Jed to the implementation of transformational, intergenerational projects along the lakeshore. Indiana's First Congressional District has resources other areas in our country envy - our transportation infrastructure , our waterways and shoreline, and our proximity to Chicago - all of which have been enhanced by the exceptional leadership exhibited by the dedicated individuals and municipal officials which make up NIRPC.


I would be remiss if I did not mention just a few of the people who have made NIRPC's fust 50 years such a great success and guarantee at least another half century of accomplishment. The commission's first Chairman, Dr. Joseph J. Forszt; Vice-Chairman, Virgil 0 . King; Secretary, William L. Staehle; Executive Director, Norman E. Tufford; and Deputy Director, Jim Ranfranz, were essential in establishing and guiding the organizat ion. NIRPC is currently under the able direction of Chainnan, Chesterton Town Councilman James Ton; Vice-Chainnan, Highland Clerk-Treasurer Michael Griffin; Secretary, Bever l y Shores Tow n Counci l ma n Geof Benson; Executive Director, Ty Warner; and Deputy Director, Steve Strains. The wide array of talent and ideas possessed by these ind ivid uals and countless others has developed NTRPC's focus and promises its future success.


Mr. Speaker, I ask that you and my other distinguished colleagues join me in honoring and congratulating NIRPC. For the past 50 years, the organization has touched the lives of countless individuals through its unwavering commitment to the conununity of Northwest Indiana .


FINANCE AND PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

Meeting Agenda Thursday December 8, 2016

8:00 a.m.

NIRPC Office Portage, Indiana


  1. Call to Order


  2. Meeting Minutes of October 20, 2016


  3. Review of Financial Status


  4. Approval of Claims Register


  5. 2016 Budget Amendment Within Category


  6. SRF Contract Extension


  7. Procurement Recommendation


  8. Executive Director Contract


  9. Approval of 2017 Budget


  10. Other Business


  11. Adjournment


    The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, parental status, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.


    Requests for alternate formats please contact Angie Hayes at (219) 763-6060 extension 104 or ahayes@nirpc.org. Individuals with hearing impairments may contact us through the Indiana Relay 711 service by calling 711 or (800) 743-3333.

    NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION


    FINANCE AND PERSONNEL COMMITTEE


    October 20, 2016 NIRPC Dune Room Portage, Indiana


    Members Present Staff and Others Present

    Christine Cid Ty Warner

    Robert Carnahan Angie Hayes

    Dave Decker Kelly Wenger

    Richard Hardaway Ethan Lowe

    Diane Noll - Chair Jim Ton

    Dave Shafer Greg Stinson


    Members Absent Anthony Copeland Ron Meer


    Call to Order


    The meeting was called to order at 8:41 a.m. by Diane Noll.


    Approval of Minutes


    Upon a motion by Dave Decker, seconded by Richard Hardaway, the Committee approved the minutes of the September 15, 2016 meeting.


    Review of Financial Status


    Angie Hayes presented the financial report. At this time there are no cash issues to report. The Budget to Actual reports were presented to the Committee. The total expenditures of the General Fund for the period ending September 30, 2016 are at 56.98%. NIRPC has been contacted by the Federal Transit Administration and will have a triennial review conducted in 2017.


    Approval of Claims Register


    Kelly Wenger presented the claims register to the Committee for approval. Upon a motion by Robert Carnahan, seconded by Dave Decker, the Committee approved the claims register.


    2017 Draft Budget Discussion


    Angie Hayes presented the 2017 draft budget. Upon a motion by Dave Decker, seconded by Richard Hardaway, the Committee directed Angie to draft a budget that the total raise amount available for staff raises in the new performance based raise system is not to exceed 3% of total

    staff salaries. The Committee agreed to continue to outsource the ADA oversight of the transit subrecipients. The health insurance budget line should stay close to the 2016 Budget amount of $290,000 with the employer contribution rate to stay at 85% with employee contribution rate of 15% of the total health insurance premium. The Committee approved the HSA contribution amounts of $2,000 single and $4,000 family as part of the health insurance costs.


    Other Business


    There was no other business.


    Adjournment

    There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:05 a.m.

    Procurement Recommendations December 8th, 2016


    Four (4) Replacement Vehicles – Procurement #16-28

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    RESOLUTION 16-41


    A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION ADOPTI NG THE YEAR 2017 APPROPRIATION BUDGETS FOR THE COMMISSION'S GOVERNMENTAL FUNDS


    WHEREAS, a budget is required for governmental funds; and


    WHEREAS, it is anticipated that sufficient revenues and other financing sources will be available to support the budgets herein proposed; and


    WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the Commission, as a whole, to approve the appropriations budget of the Commission;


    NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Commission adopt as its Year 2017 budget for the General Fund for the budget identified in Attachment A to this resolution; and


    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Commission adopt as its Year 2017 budget for the Transit Capital Projects Fund the budget identified in Attachment B to this resolution; and


    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Commission adopt as its Year 2017 budget for the Transit Operating Projects Fund the budget identified in Attachment C to this resolution; and


    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Commission adopt as its Year 2017 budget for the LaPorte County Revolving Loan Fund the budget identified in Attachment D to this resolution; and


    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Finance and Personnel Committee of the Commission be designated to oversee the administration of these budgets within the framework of more detailed budget guidelines it might establish.

    Duly adopted by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission this 81h day of December 2016. '


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    James G. Ton Chairperson


    ATTEST:


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    Geof R. Benson Secretary

    ATTACHMENT A


    NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION 2017 GENERAL FUND APPROPRIATIONS BUDGET



    PERSONNEL - SALARIES


    1,487,243

    PERSONNEL - FRINGE BENEFITS

    656,395

    OCCUPANCY

    259,220

    EQUIPMENT SERVICE/MAINTENANCE

    72,500

    DEPARTMENTAL

    233,506

    CONTRACTUAL

    1,264,589

    CAPITAL OUTLAYS - Equipment & Furniture

    101,000

    TOTAL FUND BUDGET

    4,074,453


    ATTACHMENT B


    NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION 2017 TRANSIT CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND APPROPRIATIONS BUDGET


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    CAPITAL OUTLAYS - TRANSIT EQUIPMENT


    TOTAL FUND BUDGET

    2,375,452


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    2,375,452


    ATTACHMENT C


    NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION

    2017 TRANSIT OPERATING PROJECTS FUND APPROPRIATIONS BUDGET


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    OTHER SERVICES AND CHARGES


    TOTAL FUND BUDGET

    3,764,616


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    3,764,616


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    ATTACHMENT D


    NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION

    2017 LAPORTE COUNTY REVOLVING LOAN FUND APPROPRIATIONS BUDGET


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    OTHER SERVICES AND CHARGES


    TOTAL FUND BUDGET

    200,000


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    200,000


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    2017 GENERAL FUND EXPENSE BUDGET Attachment A


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    2016 2017

    Budget Budget

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    SALARIES

    STAFF SALARIES

    1,502, 188

    1,487 ,243

    TOTAL

    1,502,188

    1,487,243

    -1.0%

    FRINGE BENEFITS

    FICA CONTRIBUTIONS


    114,917


    113,815

    WORKERS COMPENSATION

    7,000

    7,000

    UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION

    2,600

    1,600

    PERF CONTRIBUTIONS

    190,873

    185,100

    HEALTH INSURANCE

    290,000

    290,000

    LIFE & DISABILITY INSURANCE & EAP

    21,000

    21,000

    ICMA CONTRIBUTIONS

    18,000

    19,880

    STAFF DEVELOPMENT

    18,000

    18,000

    TOTAL

    662 ,390

    656 ,395

    -0.9%

    OCCUPANCY OFFICE LEASE


    204,113


    209 ,220

    PROPERTY INSURANCE

    7,000

    9,000

    BUILDING MAINTENANCE

    17,000

    18,000

    UTILITIES

    20,000

    23 , 000

    TOTAL

    248,113

    259,220

    4.5%

    EQUIPMENT SERVICE/MAINTENANCE

    COPIER LEASING/MAINTENANCE

    25,000

    21,000

    COMPUTER SERVICE

    60,000

    28 ,000

    TELEPHONE & INTERNET SERVICE I MAIN

    20,000

    23,000

    OTHER EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE

    500

    500

    TOTAL

    105,500

    72,500

    -31.3%

    DEPARTMENTAL COMMISSION/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


    36,500


    36,500

    PLANNING

    40,500

    40 ,500

    SUBGRANTEE MANAGEMENT

    8,000

    14,000

    ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS

    25,450

    11,000

    RIVER BASIN COMMISSIONS

    500

    500

    ALLOCATED FUNCTIONS

    41,490

    41,490

    ENVIRONMENTAL PROMOTIONS

    78,000

    79,500

    GENERAL USE SUPPLIES

    9,942

    10,016

    TOTAL

    240,382

    233,506

    -2.9%

    CONTRACTUAL

    LEGAL SERVICES

    19,000

    18,000

    AUDIT & ACCOUNTING

    16,000

    16,000

    HUMAN RESOURCES

    22 ,000

    10,000

    LA PORTE RLF SERVICES

    6,000

    1,000

    TRANSIT OVERSIGHT

    43,000

    13,000

    ENVIRONMENTAL CONTRACTS

    388 ,300

    700 ,399

    SOUTHSHORE CLEAN CITIES/DIESEL RETRO FIT

    215,412

    ALTERNATIVE FUEL ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT


    8,500

    40,000

    16,000

    CORNUCOPIA CONTRACTUAL

    3,000

    3,000

    BOARD DEVELOPMENT

    SAFETY PLANNING 1-65 & US 30 STUDY


    248,161

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    238 ,000

    HOUSEHOLD TRAVEL SURVEY

    184,190

    STATE WIDE TRAIL STUDY

    25,000

    25,000

    BIKES ON TRAINS

    42,700

    TRAIL GUIDES

    15,730

    HOBART FEASIBILITY STUDY

    134,700

    PORTAGE FEASIBILITY STUDY

    134,700

    OTHER CONTRACTUAL

    TOTAL

    1,322,203

    1,264,589

    -4 4%

    CAPITAL OUTLAYS

    EQUIPMENT & FURNITURE 38 ,2 70 101,000


    TOTAL

    38,270

    101,000

    163.9%

    TOTAL BUDGET

    4,119,046

    4,074,453

    -1.1%


    CY 2017 TRANSIT CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND

    Attachment B


    Grant

    Federal

    Req. Match

    Total

    Propane Fueled Vehicles (2)

    X053

    145,219

    36,305

    181,524

    Architectual Services

    X012

    16,000

    4,000

    20 ,000

    Bus Garage Renovation

    X012

    144,000

    36,000

    180,000

    Ticket Kiosks and On-Board fare boxes

    X012

    48,000

    12,000

    60,000

    Bus Washing Machine

    X012

    24,000

    6,000

    30,000

    Support Equipment

    X667

    1,600

    400

    2,000

    Security Camera & Lighting

    X667

    20,000

    5,000

    25 ,000

    Security Cameras

    X667

    16,320

    4,080

    20,400

    Vehicles (7)

    X667

    393,307

    69,407

    462,714

    Routematch Maintenance

    2016-033

    37,021

    9,255

    46,276

    Routematch Tablets

    2016-033

    2,800

    700

    3,500

    Security Camera & Lighting

    2016-033

    100,000

    25 ,000

    125,000

    Support Equipment

    2016-033

    9,600

    2,400

    12,000

    Support Vehicle

    2016-033

    28,000

    7,000

    35,000

    Replacement Vehicles (7)

    2016-033

    511,732

    90,306

    602,038

    Replacement Vehicles (7)

    2016-015

    456,000

    114,000

    570 ,000

    TOTAL

    1,953,599

    421,853

    2,375 ,452

    Contingency


    CY 2017 TRANSIT OPERATING PROJECTS FUND

    Attachment C


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    City of East Chicago

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    Federal Req. Match Total


    Preventative Maintenance

    217,064

    54,266

    271,330

    Complementary Paratransit

    200,000

    50,000

    250,000

    Operating Assistance

    149,662

    149,662

    299,324


    City of LaPorte

    Capital Cost of Contracting

    268,000

    67,000

    335,000

    Operating Assistance (CMAQ)

    260,000

    65,000

    325 ,000

    TOD Ground Improvements

    100,000

    25,000

    125,000

    Operating Assistance 260, 176 260, 176 520,352 City of Valparaiso


    North Township


    Preventative Maintenance

    43,200

    10,800

    54,000

    Operating Assistance

    235,079

    235,079

    470,158

    Operating Assistance (CMAQ)

    480 ,000

    120,000

    600 ,000


    Opportunity Enterprises

    Preventative Maintenance

    100,000

    25,000

    125,000

    Operating Assistance

    175,933

    175,933

    351,866

    Expanded Service

    82,936

    82,936

    165,872

    Southlake Community Services Preventative Maintenance


    100,000


    25 ,000


    125,000

    Operating Assistance

    308,012

    308,012

    616,024

    Expanded Service

    175,000

    175,000

    350,000

    PMTF Funds (NT,SLCS,PCCS, & OE)

    509,360

    509,360

    3,764,616

    1,853 ,913

    5,618,529


    Contingency

    3,764,616

    Preventative Maintenance 100,194 25,049 125,243 Porter County Community Services


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    Attachment D


    CY 2017 LAPORTE COUNTY REVOLVING LOAN FUND


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    2016

    Budget

    2017

    Budget

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    New Loans 320,000 200,000


    TOTAL

    320,000

    200,000

    TOTAL BUDGET

    200 ,000


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    PLANNING

    2017 GENERAL FUND REVENUE SOURCES


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    Grantor NIRPC Match Third Party Match Total


    PL & Section 5303

    1,585,043

    365,203

    31,058

    1,981,304

    HSIP - I 65 & US 30 Route Study

    228,000

    228,000

    FTA 5307-Transit Planning

    108,000

    27,000

    135,000

    SUB-TOTAL

    1,921,043

    392,203

    31,058

    2,344 ,304


    ENVIRONMENTAL

    CMAQ Public Education

    440,000

    9,941

    449,941

    CMAQ - Alternative Fuel

    40,000

    40,000

    Calumet Land Conservation Partnership

    75,000

    75,000

    Partners for Clean Air

    3,000

    3,000

    Burns Waterway Initiative 319

    394,000

    9,399

    403,399

    FLRI Urban Forestry

    100,000

    100,000

    Brownfield (RLF)

    38,775

    38,775

    Brownfield (Assessment)

    10,000

    10,000

    LARE-Deep River Dam Study

    25,000

    25,000

    SUB-TOTAL

    1,125,775

    9,941

    9,399

    11 145,115


    ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

    Revolving Loan Fund Services

    1,000

    1,000

    SUB-TOTAL

    1,000

    1,000


    OTHER

    FTA 5307 Transit Admin

    246,907

    61,727

    308,634

    FTA 5307 Transit Equipment

    80,000

    20,000

    100,000

    Cornucopia

    3,000

    3,000

    KRBC

    113,500

    20,000

    133,500

    Direct Local Allocations*

    38,900

    38,900

    SUB-TOTAL

    443 ,407

    140,627

    584,034


    TOTALS


    3,490,225


    542,771


    41,457


    4,074,453

    County/Interest

    542,771



    Notes:

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    Local Share over/(short)

    NORTHWESTEREN INDIANA PLANNING COMMISSION FINANCE AND PERSONNEL COMMITTEE EXECUTIVE SESSION MEMORANDUM

    October 20, 2016

    8 a.m.

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    NIRPC Office Potage, Indiana


    Members Present Others Present


    Robert Carnahan Jim Ton – NIRPC Chairperson

    Christine Cid Ethan Lowe - Attorney

    Dave Decker Richard Hardaway

    Diane Noll – F & P Chairperson

    Dave Shafer Greg Stinson


    Members Absent


    Anthony Copeland Ron Meer


    Call to Order


    Executive Session was called to order at 8 a.m. by Diane Noll

    Business to come before the F & P Committee


    Discussion of Employment Contract. (IC 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(9))

    Adjournment


    Motion by Dave Shafer. Second by Greg Stinson.


    No other business came before the F & P Committee. Diane Noll - Chair

    EMPLOYMENT AGREEM ENT


    BY AGREEMENT ENTERED INTO the gih day of December, 2016, by and between the NORTHWESTERN INDlANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION, hereinafter referred to as "NIRPC", and MR. TYSON WARNER, hereinafter referred to as "Executive Director", the following is hereby agreed to:


    WHEREAS, NIRPC is desirous of securing the services of an Executive Director to assist in implementation of its statutory role and function includ ing that of a metropolitan planning organization for Northwest Ind iana; and


    W HEREAS, Tyson Warner has served as the Executive Director of NlRPC since January I , 2013 and the parties to this agreement are desirous of renewing and otherwise extend ing his serving as the Executive Director of NIRPC.


    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the pruties to this agreement hereby do mutually agree as follows:


    A. The term of this agreement shall commence on January l, 20 17 and shall tenninate as of December 31, 2019 unless otherwise terminated pursuant to the provisions of this agreement.

    1. Mr. Tyson Warner shall perform the function and serve in the role of the Executive Director of NIRPC during the term of this agreement. In addition to those matters which may from time to time be assigned to him by NIRPC, Mr. Warner's role and responsibil ity as Executive Director for NIRPC are more particularly described and identified in the Job Description attached hereto and made a part hereof as Exhibit "A" to this agreement.

    2. The Executive Director shal I meet with the Chairman of the NIRPC Commission following the Chairman's appointment in 2017, 2018 and 2019, for purposes of establishing goals for each of the years of this Employment Agreement. The Executive Director and Chairman, together with other NI RPC appointed officers as may desire, shall meet mid-year and near end-of year to discuss progress, provide feedback on performance, and to make such other adjustment and course correction to goals as may be necessary or beneficial.

    3. During the first year of this agreement, NIRPC agrees to pay to its Executive Director the sum of One Hundred Forty Thousand Dollars ($140,000 .00) to be paid in the same manner and fashion as payments are made to other NIRPC employees during the course of the calendar year. The Executive Director salary for the second year and third years of this agreement shall be determined through d iscussions with the Executive Director and any salary increases shall be pred icated upon positive performance evaluations, the availability of funding and the approval of the Full NIRPC Commission. Additionally, the following benefits of employment shall be available to the Executive Director:

      I . Insurance: The same health insurance and benefit programs provided to NIRPC employees shal l be available to the Executive Director.

      1. Vehicle: The Executive Director will forgo a furnished vehicle i n favor of being reimbursed for busi ness mileage at the applicable IRS rate.

      2. Professional Memberships: NIRPC will maintain membership for its Executive Director in lCMA, APA and the Congress of New Urbanism and their respective

        state chapters and wi ll either pay for, or reimburse, the Executive Director for participation i n these organizations annual conferences.

      3. Retirement Benefit: the Executive Director will participate in ICMA-RC 457 Plan. NIRPC will contribute to that plan in the same amount as would have been paid on the Executive Director 's behalf to PERF.

      4. NARC Participation: The Executive Director will be allowed to participate in the NARC Legislative Session, Annual Conference, and Executive Director Events.

      5. Vacation: The Executive Director shall be entitled to four (4) weeks of paid vacation during each calendar year of employment under this agreement. While vacation is intended to be used throughout the course of year, vacation shall be allowed to accrue within the same limits allowed to other NIRPC employees as Jong as the Executive Director is employed by NIRPC. Should any accrued vacation remain upon termination of this agreement, the Executive Director shall be paid in accordance with Section E below.

      6. Expense Rei mbu rsement: The Executi ve Director shall be entitled to reimbursement for business related expenses pursuant to the gu idel ines and procedures established by NJ RPC. I n add ition thereto, the Executive Director shall be paid the sum of

$125.00 per month as reim bursement for his job related use of communication technology.


  1. This agreement may be terminated upon the agreement of the parties or upon a showing of just cause:

    1. I n the event the Executive Director is terminated pursuant to this Agreement, NIRPC agrees to pay the Executive Director a severance payment equal to twelve (12) weeks base salary, pl us accrued and unused vacation days; provided, however, that in the event the Executive Director is terminated because of his conviction of any illegal act, then in that event, NIRPC shall have no obligation to pay the severance pay sum designated in this paragraph.

    2. I n the event the Executive Director voluntarily resigns his position with NJ RPC, he shall give N IRPC at least sixty (60) day notice of such resignation prior to the cessation of the performance of his duties hereunder unless otherwise agreed to by NTRPC. If the Execu tive Director resigns he shall not be paid the severance pay above but shall receive accrued and unused vacation days; provided, however, the Executive Director shall be pa id his base salary during said 60 day notice period.


  2. For the purpose of interpreting the terms and conditions of this agreement, the laws of the State of Ind iana shall apply.



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ALL OF WHICH HAYING BEEN AGREED to by these parties and memorialized by the signatures affixed hereto:


NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION


By:____ _ Chairperson


ATTEST:


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Tyson Warner


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Job Title: Executive Director

Job Description


Exhibit A


Agency: Northwestern Indian11Regional Plwming Commission Repo1t<; to: Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Conunission

Provides Direct Supervision to the Following Job Titles: Deputy Director; Director of Finance and Administration; and Senior Administrative Aide.


The positipn of Executive Director consists of the following major perfo1mance climensions,


  1. EJs..!!}maj,,B,!')Lll.Y. .9P!fProgrnm Advocacy


    1. Develps and maintains favorable aDd supportive rel.stionships with elected Wld appointed officialswithin the three counties which are served bythe Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Com.mission.

    2. Develops and maintains favorable and supportive relationships with various regional, state, and federal entities for the purpose of furthering the goals and plllpOSeS Ofthe Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

    3. Engages decision-makers in the identification and cooperative resolution ofregional issues.

    4. Fosters and supports the participation of merubeis of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission inthe organization'splanwng and decision-making processes.

    5. Promotes broad participation in the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission'splanning processes.

f. Proposes policies and programs which advance·the objectives of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planrung Commission.

g. Fosters support for activities and programs sponsored by the Northwestern Indiana Regional .Planning Conunission with funding sources and regulatory agencie. .

h. Monitors legislation of interest to the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

i. Advocates on beh11lf of positions endorsed by the Northwestern Indiana Regional

Planning Commission with legislators and other decision-makers.

j. Publcizes information pertaining to the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning

Co ission•s programs and services. ·


  1. lTQgram Admin stration


    1. Executes the policies and prognuns of the Northwestern J.ndiaoa Regional Planning Commissio11through appropriate agencies, institutio11$, and interests.

b. Maintains data and issues reports pertnininto performance.

  1. Pl<111s, evaluates, and monitors programs and services pertaining to transportation, the cnviroruneot, and community and economic development

  2. Identifies the need for new programs and services.

  3. Develops and implants changes to ensure the achievement of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission' smission. ·

f. Provides counsel to the NorthWtJstem Indiana .Regional Planning Commission and responds t·o inquiries and requests for action:


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  1. Ei.mm,cial Administration 1md Asset.Management


    1. Prepares and administers annual budgets.

    2. Monitors performance against budgets.

    3. Maintains data and issues report.'!pertaining to budge and performance.

    4. Identifies funding sources andpursues funding.

    5. Mruntains and monitors the status of all assets. 4. Personnel Miwagement

a Interviews prospective employees.

  1. Reviews, approves, and administers perso1mel actions (e.g.,hiring, dlsciplioe-based personnel actions, and performance-based persolUlel actions).

  2. Assigns work to Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission personnel.

  3. Monitors and reviews employee work output.

c. Evaluates employeejob performance.

  1. Maintains time schedules and time records.

  2. Identifies and addresses training needs.

h. Administers the Agency's persoMel policies.

i. Maintains commwiications with employees on issues pertaining to the Northwestern I.udiana Regional Planning C.".ommission's personnel policies and other issues of interest.

5. Qiil!.<r.llilties as Assie. ned


lf"other duties as assigned"are regularly performed or require a significant amount of time, they should be formally ide.'ntified, defined, and included in the job description.

Public Comment Report

Greenways + Blueways 2020 Plan 30 Day Comment Period


The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) held a 30‐day public comment period on the draft Greenways + Blueways 2020 plan. The comment period began on October 21, 2016 and ended on November 21, 2016.


Greenways + Blueways 2020 combines the 2007 Greenways + Blueways plan and the 2010 Ped

& Pedal Plan, and environmental elements of the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan. It is the first time that the areas of conservation, transportation, and recreation have all been combined into a single document for Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties. The plan was formed with input from public listening sessions and stakeholders with an interest in conservation of natural areas and open lands and non‐motorized transportation such as walking, biking, hiking, and paddling.

As part of the public comment period, four public meetings were held:


A draft of the plan was made available at www.nirpc.org, and stakeholders were made aware via email, a news release, and social media. The public was able to comment via email, telephone, regular mail, and at the public meeting.


Some comments received were deemed significant according to the definition set forth in the 2014 Public Participation Plan. Therefore, after proper edits are made, the plan will be made available for another 30 day public comment period.


Comment

Manner Considered by Staff

Significant?

Need to Modify?

Comment Received via USPS


Full letter from the La Porte County Conservation Trust, Inc. is attached to the end of this report.


1.a) Forest Legacy Area designation: NIRPC can include language about this program in the discussion of the Moraine Forest Area. 1.b) Moraine Forest "identity". NIRPC may include language in the goals of establishing public identites for the important conservation areas identified in this plan. 1.c) NIRPC will look at the recreation chapter and ensure clear languaguge tie in between conservation and recreation values. 2.) Weller Ave Culvert: NIRPC thinks there are number of culverts and other drainage structures throughout the region impeding recreational paddling and fish and wildlife movements. An implementation task to inventory these structures and plan for improvements in being added to the document.

Where appropriate, this specific


structure may be called out.


Yes


Yes


Comments Received via Email


Overall I think it's terrific and so useful, but in Chapter 3, please include rowing/sculling in your description of Wolf Lake in Hammond. It is not an ideal rowing destination because it tends to get windy, and is only about 2k long, but it is a safe place otherwise, with few hazards and lots of take out points, and our club has been successfully practicing there for five plus years now. Early mornings and late afternoons/evenings tend to be the calmest. It has some potential as a community rowing club location, and I really want to get the word out in the Region about this sport. If it is appropriate, you could add to the plan that the Calumet College of St. Joseph rowing club practices there, and the Illiana Yacht Club is located there as well, for sailing, if that is not there already.


We will add language regarding rowing and sculling for Wolf Lake.


No


Yes


Full letter from the Town of Cedar Lake is attached at the end of this report.


Cedar Lake requested additional weight be given to the conservation corridor in light of a Green Infrastructure Plan for a greenway along Cedar and Founders Creek that would include a connecting trail from Lemon Lake County Park to Cedar lake. NIRPC is appreciative of the supportive letter will expand on this in the environmental chapter and recreational chapter.


Yes


Yes


Full text of comments from the group Health by Design is attached at the end of this report.

NIRPC is reviewing these comments in detail and agrees with many of them. As a result, significant changes to the document will be made and a new draft will be released for a second public comment period in 2017.


Yes


Yes


Comments Received at Portage Public Meeting; November 2, 2016


The Little Calumet River West Branch should be a conservation corridor area.


Conservation Corridor Areas were identified by a combination of existing habitat resources, presence of protected land being actively managed for ecological purposes, and an active conservation plan being implemented in the area Publicly owned land in this current corridor is currently used primarily for active recreation such as golf courses or ball fields. while some publicly owned land within the floodplain and floodway could be valuable habitat, NIRPC is not aware of any plans in place to restore and manage them for that purpose.


No


No

All of the goals within the transportation portion of the plan are fantastic! If we did all of those objectives, our region would look 100% different. For the better, of course!


Thank you for your support!


No


No


Use the Little Cal as a connector since there aren't a lot of good east/west trails.


At this time the Little Calumet Levee Trail is being repaved as an asphalt route, and the plan proposes connections to Three Rivers County Park and Lake Station going east.


No


No



Add the Prairie Duneland Trail to the conservation area map.


Conservation Corridor Areas were identified by a combination of existing habitat resources, presence of protected conservation land , and an active conservation plan being implemented in the area. The western terminus of the of the Prairie Duneland Trail is within the Hobart Marsh/Deep River Conservation Area. While there are small patches of habitat along the balance of the Prairie Duneland Trail, most of the route is through residential areas. The only significant natural managed land on the corridor in Imagination Glen, which might be better connected to other natural areas via the Salt Creek riparian corridor.


No


No

Don't cut as much grass along the trails. Plant native species in the spots that are very wide.

This is addressed at the top of Page R‐ 12 of the plan .


No


No

Link with the Calumet National Heritage Area and the Westlake Expansion TODs.

NIRPC will add a text box about related future projects


No


Yes

The trails are fantastic and are being connected more and more. However, I cannot get to the trails safely since the region does not adopt a complete streets vision.

The plan discusses Complete Streets at length, and also mentions several policies in the Implementation section that address these needs.


No


No

The plan has a lack of cultural and historical references to our various trails. As an example: I have seen little if any reference to the Elgin Joliet and Eastern RR bed as the reason we have the Prairie ‐Duneland Trail. How would one know if one did not live here during the active period of that railroad? Due to limitations on space, the signage for the trail could read: 'Prairie‐ Duneland Trail, aka EJ&E'. Reference could then be made to a website to provide more information. This sort of thing could be done to the other trails.


This is an excellent idea and will be incorporated into the Implementation section. Specifically a new policy will be added to address this concern under Goal R2, Objective R2‐1.


Yes


Yes


Along the trails, when there is a road crossing, river/creek crossing, or city/county border corssing (leaving/entering) signage would be very helpful. We are all "out‐of‐ towners" if we go very far.


Signage along trails, or wayfinding, is addressed in the plan, and under Goal 2, Objective R2‐2 in the Implementation section.


No


No

On finite trails, mile markers would be useful, especially to the newcomers and those who have not yet obtained a bike computer or GPS. As an example: to keep signage at a minimum, including cost‐wise, assume an 18 mile trail. Signs could be 1/18 2/18 3/18 or 5/18 10/18 15/18 18/18.


Mile marking signs are addressed within the plan. Each community will need to assess the level of detail regarding distances of signs.


No


No

Complete the cleaning of the Little Calumet River, Salt Creek, Deep River, Burns Ditch, and others.

These are proposed as part of opening up each for water trail useage.


No


No

Comments Received at Merrillville Public Meeting; November 2, 2016

There were no attendees at the Merrillville meeting. Therefore, no comments were received.

Comments Received at East Chicago Public Meeting; November 14, 2016

Thank you for identifying and developing the many interconnected relationships. Like the examples mentioned in the second paragraph on pp. 1‐4. That's the beauty of this whole plan. Congratulations.

Thank you for your support!


No


No

Lake George should be metioned as part of the Blueways network like Wolf Lake is.

Lake George is shallow and not always usable. Might be considered for seasonal use.


No


Yes

There is currently dredging happening on the Grand Calumet between Hohman Avenue and the state line in Hammond. However, there is a railroad bridge that doesn't allow for paddlers to pass underneath, serving as a barrier going to or from Illinois.

The plan does encourage the cleaning and opening of potential water trail routes regionwide. This segment of the Grand Calumet River has been identified as a potential route.


No


No

If the trail gap by the site of the State Line Generating Plant can be done, that will show some tremendous progress.

The trail connection is currently funded to the state line. Work is continuing with the City of Chicago to connect on the Illinois side and continue from there.


No


No


The intersection of Calumet Avenue and 45th Street in Munster is dangerous for non‐ motorized users.

Separation and a safer crossing for non‐motorized users is part of the plan for the reconfiguration and rebuilding of that intersection.


No


No

Hohman Avenue in Hammond has dangerous parts as well.

The City is working to provide bike lanes and safety alternatives for non‐ motorized users.


No


No

Hobart needs better signage for bicyclists in order to reduce confusion. The current ones are not very clear.

The City is working to get better signage throughout the city.


No


No

Why does the Prairie‐Duneland Trail not connected to the Dunes Visitors Center?

After considering different alignments, the Town of Chesterton preferred the current corridor.


No


No

Will there be a connection between the Oak Savannah and Erie‐Lackawanna Trails?

Work has started on connecting the two trails. Work should be completed by next year.


No


No

Need a safe way to connect to Marktown in East Chicago since it's a nationally‐ recognized historic site and is already attracting plenty of people.

The Buffington Priority Trail Corridor has been identified to connect these areas.


No


No

We need more trails in urban areas to encourage fitness and provide better access to amenities, especially the South Shore Line and the lakefront.

A number of potential trails are located in urban areas and are strongly promoted by policies in the plan.


No


No

The Greenways + Blueways Map should include Steelworkers Park in Chicago, new trails that have been built in Illinois, and the US 30 overpass near the state line.

The current Greenways + Blueways map is being printed in smaller and more frequent batches in order to keep it more current. Thank you for these corrections, they have been noted.


No


No

Comments Received at Michigan City Public Meeting; November 16, 2016

R‐18 "The Lakes of LaPorte" Hennessey Pond should be called Hennessey Wetland or Hennessey Lake.

The name has been changed to Hennessey Lake in the document.


No


Yes


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Comments Received at Environmental Mgmt Policy Committee Meeting; Nov. 3, 2016

On the second conservation goal: The Cook County Forest Preserve District is working with PACE to reroute buses. People can take buses to the forest preserves and signage is posted about what to do. Could fit easily into the greenway centers idea.

Coorindating access to open public space with transit providers is consistent with NIRPC's current work on the Marquette Plan. NIRPC will add an implemetation item to coordinate access and information about recreation and natural areas with transit operators to this document.


No


Yes

Need to double check on access to Mill Creek. The only access was a boat rental, but it is in and out of business and having paddled it, it is unknown if there are any public access sites. People may be getting on through private property.

NIRPC did no include Mill Creek as a blueway, but did receive input at a public meeting that at one time it was paddled. At this time it will remain without blueway designation.


No


No

One issue on connectivity is the highways and public ways crossing the areas and breaking up the corridors, particularly for larger wildlife. A trail or a road will stop the progression of the birds, turtles, snakes, etc. I don’t see anything in the implementation part of the plan on coordination with INDOT to do things like wildlife overpasses/underpasses, taking riparian crossings on some of their roads to provide public access. When they do their construction planning those are things that have to be incorporated early. Is there some way you can have more of a connectivity

with INDOT.


Transportation Goal 6 on page I‐37 is attempting to address this concern. NIRPC will attempt to clarify the language to ensure that this comment is properly captured and that both wildlife and public recreational access is included.


No


Yes


The key focus would be to find the particular areas and place and emphasis on those areas so you do have to kind of prioritize those things. If they are doing highway construction, redoing bridges or buildings, or culverts and things like that, get those areas and as a group point out those fine points. One area comes to mind, Highway

20. They’ve been working on the bridges at 20 and Mineral Springs. There is an unofficial public access under 20 that is a perfect place that when INDOT does the bridge enhancement that they could provide a public access point there.


Identifying priority conservation areas in this planning document was a first step to incorporating special conservation and recreation needs into transportation infrastructure project development. The specific location mentioned in the comment Highway 20 and Mineral Springs Road is within Conservation Area 2 Indiana Dunes and the Little Calumet Water Trail.


No


No

It's important that you bring in transportation because INDOT was just approached on a couple of overpasses/underpasses involving pedestrians and the trail system, and also connectivity to schools and those kinds of things to avoid lights and they are just starting to become receptive to that. We are finding different funding mechanisms to fund those things. I think that’s the logical next step, is we can also start to look at some of the conservation connectivity. First in the minds of the state and the transportation people is how we’re moving people.


Transportation Goal 6 on page I‐37 is attempting to address this concern. NIRPC will attempt to clarify the language to ensure that this comment is properly captured and that both wildlife and public recreational access is included.


No


Yes

You might check out Wisconsin and how their Department of Environmental Management have been working for their TMDL tracking and implementation so that their Department of Transportation has already incorporated some conservation measures directly with that. If you are looking for a pilot on how that started or where it might be, check out Wisconsin has been up to.


NIRPC has conducted some of the research and modeled some of this work after examples in Wisconsin and will continue to pursue this further.


No


No


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Board of Directors Elizabeth Mccloskey

President


Robert Boklund

Vice-President


Pennie Lombard

Secretary


John Brugos

Treasurer


Dennis Richardson Jan Baumer

James Simon Sacha Burns


La Porte County Conservation Trust Inc.


NIRPC

6100 Southport Road, Portage, IN 46368

November 14, 2016


RE: Draft Greenways + Blueways 2020 Plan Commentary


Dear Sir or Madam:


After carefully perusing this plan I can say that it is indeed a well-written document describing an excellent plan for integrating conservation, recreation and transportation together.


In La Porte County, which is the focus of the La Porte County Conservation Trust, Inc. (LPCCT), the plan has identified specific opportunities for important relevant initiatives. Among them are:


  1. The Moraine Forest Conservation Area: This is one of most innovative concepts for saving the longest semi-contiguous forest north of the Wabash Valley, in Indiana. (See Attachment I.) This Moraine Forest of Northwest Indiana also constitutes one of only Forest Legacy Areas (FLAs) in the north half of the state. (See Attachments II & III.) The Forest Legacy (FL) Program is a Dept. of Agriculture operation, undertaken through the IDNR. FLAs are territories within which forests of exceptional quality are eligible to be considered for FL Conservation Easements, if their owners desire this.


    This conservation area plan is to be particularly praised for noting the importance of identifying their Corridors and Links. And for emphasizing the need for preserving, maintaining and restoring them. Too many area land-saving organizations still concentrate almost exclusively on preserving the natural areas' Cores and sometimes secondarily their respective Hubs. But this. has been too often done without recognizing how important the linkages betwen them are for both native faunal and floral species-but especially faunal ones.


    Since most of this Moraine Forest is privately owned, creating conservation/preservation incentives for landowners to save their forests is critical for its success. Certainly, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources can play and has played an important role, via the Classified Forest/Wild /ands Programs. Also, area private natural land trusts offering conservation easements and accepting voluntary donations and/or willing sales of forest land can also play an important role. The buy­ in of private landowners to effort is essential for its success.


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    One of the most important initial steps in this forest-saving is communication of the identity of the Moraine Forest, not only to forest owners, but to the general public, as well. The recent Moraine Forest Conservation Program, undertaken by area land trusts (under the leadership of the Shirley Heinze Land Trust), did initial work in this area, as they identified the Cores and Hubs of the Moraine Forest. But further follow­ up of this increasing this identification with landowners and the general public is definitelv needed. In comparison, few members of the area public today could not recognize the Indiana Dunes, as an important natural resource. The Moraine Forest needs that same kind of public recognition.


    The great potential for a "symbiotic" relationship between the Moraine Forests and economic interests is also of tremendous importance. Certainly, just as the existence of Indiana Dunes here today provides an important stimulus to the area economy­ especially tourism-related businesses (lodging, vineyards, fruit farms, etc.). So the potential vision for the Moraine Forest to do the same needs to be disseminated, among area business entities.


    In terms of recreation, foot trails and bike paths play a important role in advancing the importance of the Moraine Forest and its continued existence. It is our hope that the Moraine Forest Bike Path will serve that purpose well. While a number of walking trails are presently shown in the plan's map passing through the Moraine Forest transversely, we do hope that, in time, at least one walking trail route can found developed and utilized that will conform lengthwise to the northeast to southwest orientation of the forest. As with the Bike Path (which has that NE to SW orientation through the forest), this would give hikers a longer lasting, deeper forest experience


    Further information can be provided, upon request.


  2. The Functional Expansion of the LaPorte Chain-of-Lakes Blueway. via Replacement of the Weller Avenue Culvert with a Passable Bridge: La Porte's Chain-of-Lakes was once renown throughout Indiana and beyond for its wonderful recreational, aesthetic and natural qualities. (See Attachment IV.) But after a severe dry-up in the early 20th Century, public attention over time lost focus on the entire chain-of-lakes. (See Attachment V.) Instead, Stone Lake and Pine Lake, and to a lesser extent Clear Lake, became their focus. This, even though the surface water resource here was still largely intact, including the remainder of the chain-of-lakes. In the late 20th and early 2181 centuries, with the rise of environmental consciousness and the expansion of outdoor recreation, a renewed focus emerged on the value of La Porte's collective surface water resource, including its chain-of-lakes. The La Porte Chain-of-Lakes Blueway resulted. (See Attachment VI.) And boating events began like the annual La Porte Chain-of-Lakes Boat Trek.

    It soon became evident that the greatest impediment to present-day interlaken boat traffic was the culvert where Weller Ave. crossed over the Lily Lake Channel. Today, this cracked, flaking, unattractive culvert simply prevents the passage of boats. It has


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    If subsequently, a replacement bridge were to be constructed with a sufficiently high span, the re-opened blueway here could accommodate more than just recreational kayaks, canoes, and fishing boats. Small excursion boats could also ply these waters, somewhat reminiscent of the steamboat excursions of bygone days. Attachment VIII is a map illustrating a possible route. And Attachment VI is a blowup of that possible route, showing a number of potential stops (for food, souvenirs, etc.) .


    With the expanded function of this blueway here, the potential exist resurrect a long­ dormant, important aspect to La Porte's tourism draw.

    Further information can be provided, upon request.


  3. The Kankakee Marsh Conservation Area: Located in both Indiana and Illinois, the Grand Kankakee Marsh was historically a remarkable ecosystem, with an incredibly diverse biota. It had once renown as a destination for hunters, from all over the country and the world. And it was rich in local folklore. In pre-settlement times, the Potawatomi people referred it as "Theakiki".


    From the 20th Century to the present, there have been a number of different attempts to save and/or restore portions of it. Among them were the IDNR's establishment of Fish and Wildlife Areas, the creation of county parks and the partially successful establishment of a Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge (in Illinois). Land trusts and other land-saving organizations have also sought to preserve and restore available portions of this vast, important ecosystem.


    Recently, an excellent documentary was made, entitled Everglades of the North, to showcase what had been and what still remains of it. (Although, at least four other wetland ecosystems-the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland, the Horicon Marsh in Wisconsin, the Red Lake Peatland in Minnesota and the Northern Everglades (in the Lake Okeechobee watershed) in Florida have also been previously referred by as "the Everglades of the North" nickname.) Despite its "copycat" title, this excellent documentary provided a great glimpse into what this ecosystem had been, what has been preserved in it and what it could be restored to, in the future.

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    Because so much of this ecosystem has been converted into agricultural use, the role of restoration in saving it will be proportionately much greater than in say the Moraine Forest, where efforts to save it are primarily conservation/preservation of yet­ remaining forest. Or the La Porte Chain-of-Lakes, where blueway improvement and improvement of runoff water quality into the lakes are major issues, along with prevention of illegal encroachment. But these lakes, like the Moraine Forest, are still

    largely intact. This is sadly not now the case with the Kankakee Marsh. But with diligent efforts, this can change dramatically for the better, in the future.


    The La Porte County Conservation Trust would be happy and eager to assist in any way that would be both needed, and possible for us to undertake, toward meeting the desired ends for three areas identified above. In that regard, please feel free to contact me.

    Thank you for the opportunity to comment.


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Town of Cedar Lake

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7408 Constitution Ave - PO Box 707 - Cedar Lake,IN 46303 Tel (219) 374-7400 - Fax (219) 374-8588


November 18, 2016


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Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission 6100 Southport Road

Portage, IN 46368-6409


Attention : Mitch Barloga

Transportation Planning Manager


Subject: 2020 Greenways - Blueways Northwest Indiana Regional Plan Comment Period

Cedar Lake, Lake County, Indiana Dear Mr. Barloga:

The Town of Cedar Lake, Lake County, Indiana is notifying the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) of requested additions/revisions to the 2020 Greenways - Blueways Northwest Indiana Regional Plan. Local and regional connectivity were identified in the Town's recent revision to our Comprehensive Plan in 2012. The Town feels that connectivity is a strong benefit to our local community to access public services and to provide recreational access to our open spaces and fellow neighbors in St. John, Lowell, and Crown Point.


As part of a 2013 Donnelley Foundation grant administered by NIRPC, the Town developed a Green Infrastructure Plan summarizing a Conservation Corridor along Founders Creek and Cedar Creek. The Town currently owns several dozen properties within this corridor to facilitate future implementation of a greenway path that would provide recreational and educational benefits to the community. Cedar Creek is already identified as a Blueway in the 2020 Greenways - Blueways Plan from Cedar Lake to the southern Town corporate limit. This new greenway would provide connectivity from Lemon Lake County Park to Cedar Lake and surrounding public/private services including but not limited to the Town Hall, the Town Police Department, Lighthouse Restaurant, Lake of the Red Cedars Museum and Summerfest activities. A copy of the Green Infrastructure Plan is attached for your reference.


The Town also desires enhanced regional connectivity to provide our residents with non-motorized access to our neighboring communities and also encourage others to visit our Town. Currently, the Town is isolated in terms of non-motorized connectivity to other parts of the region with only the South Lake Corridor Trail (Medium Priority) included in the Priority Trail Corridors in the plan. The Town has identified a NIPSCO


corridor located on the eastern edge of Town that stretches to the southeast portion of St. John. The 133rd Avenue corridor would be the desired corridor for connectivity to Crown Point and the Morse Street corridor would be desired for connectivity to Lowell.


The Town of Cedar Lake requests that NIRPC considers adopting these requests and needs as part of the 2020 Greenways - Blueways NW Indiana Regional Plan.


Sincerely,


Town Administrator


Encl: As noted.


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The following are comments received via email from Health by Design.



Thank you for the opportunity to weigh-in on the plan. We look forward to partnering with you on its implementation.


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RESOLUTION 16-34

A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION ADOPTING AMENDMENT TWO OF THE UNIFIED PLANNING WORK PROGRAM FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017


WHEREAS, the preparation of a Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is a necessary and required part of the metropolitan area transportation planning process as specified in 23 CFR 450.314; and by its State statutory authority, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) is charged with planning responsibility in three domains of transportation, environment and economic development; and


WHEREAS, the work tasks described within NIRPC’s UPWP for the three-county northwestern Indiana region are in conjunction with the programs of the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and significant planning projects in the region by other agencies; and


WHEREAS, this program has been prepared for planning (PL), and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds through the Federal Highway Administration, Section 5303 technical study funds through the Federal Transit Administration, Sections 5307 and 5323 and planning funds through the Federal Transit Administration, private foundation, and NIRPC’s locally derived funds;


WHEREAS, the work elements contained in the program respond to the transportation and air quality planning needs of Northwest Indiana and are in keeping with federal requirements found in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015 and accompanying guidelines and regulations;


WHEREAS, all regional transportation and other significant planning projects in the three- county region should be included in the UPWP;


WHEREAS, NIRPC identified safety funds to conduct formal highway safety performance examinations known as Road Safety Audits (RSA) on 20 roadway segments for four Local Public Agencies (LPA’s);


WHEREAS, Theses agencies are three cities Hobart, Gary, and Valparaiso, and Lake County;

WHEREAS, The RSA process qualitatively estimates and reports on potential road safety issues and identifies opportunities for improvements in safety for all road users;

WHEREAS, NIRPC’s goal is to perform RSA’s on a variety of roadway segments early in the project development process following the eight-step process identified in the FHWA’s Road Safety Audit Guidelines;


WHEREAS, the end products of the RSA’s process will aid the LPA’s in selecting candidate projects for future highway construuction projects.; and

WHEREAS, the completed RSA’s will be also used by NIRPC in the remake of its HSIP project selection process;

WHEREAS, The RSA’s projects will be 100% funded using federal funds of the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Penalty Funds for a total of $540,000;


WHEREAS, the $540,000 funds are distributed among the four agencies as follow: City of Hobart $60,000, City of Gary $105,000, Lake County $100,000 and City of Valparaiso

$275,000;


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission adopts the Fiscal Year 2017 Unified Planning Work Program amendment.


Duly adopted by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission on this eighth day of December, 2016.


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James G. Ton Chairperson


ATTEST:



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Geof R. Benson Secretary

ROAD SAFETY AUDITS


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OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this task is to conduct formal highway safety performance examinations (i.e., Road Safety Audits, or RSA’s) on 20 roadway segments for four Local Public Agencies.


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PAST WORK/BASIS:

An RSA is a formal safety performance examination of an existing or future road or intersection by an independent audit team. It qualitatively estimates and reports on potential road safety issues and identifies opportunities for improvements in safety for all road users.

NIRPC has not previously funded stand-alone Road Safety Audits. Only in the case of Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funded projects involving high crash locations have we required that an RSA be performed as a condition of assistance. The RSA’s, in these cases, were conducted by the engineering consulting firm prior to project selection.

Our goal here is to perform RSA’s on a variety of roadway segments early in the project development process following the eight-step process identified in the FHWA’s Road Safety Audit Guidelines (Publication FHWA-SA-06-06).

RSA’s will be performed at the following locations: Hobart – Marcella Blvd (61st Ave to Mississippi St)

Hobart – Old Ridge Road (Liverpool Rd to Hansen Blvd) Gary – Ridge Road (Grant St to Broadway)*

Gary – Grant St (4th Ave to I-80/94)

Gary – Lake Street (US 12/20 to Lakefront)

Lake County – 101st Ave (State Line Rd to Calumet Ave) Lake County – Calumet Ave (101st Ave to 109th Ave) Lake County – 109th Ave (Calumet Ave to US 41) Valparaiso – Silhavy Rd (CR 500 North to US 30)*

Valparaiso – CR 500 North (Campbell St to East Corp. Limit)* Valparaiso – Calumet Ave (Downtown to North Corp. Limit) Valparaiso – Campbell St (Entire Length)

Valparaiso – Lincolnway (Entire Length)

Valparaiso – CR 400 North (aka Vale Park Rd – Entire length) Valparaiso – SR 2 (Entire Length)

Valparaiso – US 30 (Entire Length)* Valparaiso – Roosevelt Road (Entire Length)

Valparaiso – LaPorte Ave (Sturdy Rd to East Corp. Limit) Valparaiso – Harrison Blvd (Calumet Ave to Froberg Rd)

The * symbol next to the project location identifies locations that have been selected for construction funding by NIRPC or the LPA.


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WORK ELEMENTS/METHODOLOGY:

Consultant Selection: LPA’s will utilize INDOT’s standard RFP process in selecting an engineering consultant.

RSA Team Selection: LPA’s will select their own RSA team or teams. NIRPC intends to observe this process closely to measure the extent to which the independent nature of the team can be maintained. While we expect that each LPA’s approach will be similar, we desire to see the mechanisms the LPA’s will employ to ensure stakeholder inclusion and involvement.

Field Reviews: Field reviews are required. We hope that the entire RSA Team will participate. We are especially interested in seeing if LPA’s choose to perform both daytime and night-time reviews.

Audit Analysis & Report of Findings: The LPA’s consultant will prepare this as a single document. The document will incorporate all suggestions made by team members, the project owner, and consultant. Team members will execute a statement that indicates that they have participated in the RSA and agreed or reached consensus on its findings.

FY 2017/ 2018


  1. It is expected that consultants will be engaged prior to May 2017.

  2. It is expected that Final Reports will be issued within one year of consultant engagement.


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END PRODUCTS:


2017/2018

Road Safety Audit Reports as follows: Hobart – Two (2) Reports. Gary—Three (3) Reports.

Lake County—Three (3) Reports. Valparaiso—11 Reports.


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USE OF FY 2017/2018 END PRODUCTS/FUTURE DIRECTION:

These products will aid the LPA’s in selecting candidate projects for future highway construuction projects. The completed RSA’s will be used by NIRPC in the redesign of its HSIP project selection process.


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STAFFING AND PROGRAM LINKAGES:

This work will be overseen by the LPA project managers. At NIRPC, the implementation will be overseen by Gary Evers, with assistance from Stephen Sostaric and Amanda Peregrine.


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FUNDING:

Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Penalty Funds obligated at 100% Federal.


Hobart:

$60,000

Gary:

$105,000

Lake County:

$100,000

Valparaiso:

$275,000


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RESOLUTION 16-35


A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION TO SELECT NEW FEDERAL AID PROJECTS FOR EMERGENCY TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (TIP) CONSIDERATION IN LAKE AND PORTER COUNTIES FOR STATE FISCAL YEAR 2017


WHEREAS, the citizens of Northwest Indiana require a safe, efficient and effective, resource-conserving regional transportation system to attain and maintain socially, economically and environmentally sound living conditions towards an improved quality of life; and


WHEREAS, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, hereafter referred to as “The Commission”, being designated the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County Region, has established a regional, cooperative and comprehensive planning program to develop the unified planning work program, long-range transportation plan and transportation improvement program; and


WHEREAS, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) allocates federal funds each year from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to Indiana’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations for use in undertaking Federal Aid projects under the Surface Transportation Program (STP), Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ), Highway Safety Improvement (HSIP), and Transportation Alternative Program (TAP), all of which were authorized under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (PL 114-94), enacted in December 2015; and


WHEREAS, projects selected for these federal funding programs are adopted into NIRPC’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP); and


WHEREAS, during a fiscal year additional TIP monies are made available due to project delays or otherwise, thus creating a surplus which cannot be carried over to the next fiscal year, and a list for emergency TIP consideration (a.k.a. B-list) was created to alleviate this concern; and

WHEREAS, project funding requests were solicited and received from eligible applicants within the Indiana portion of the Chicago Urbanized Area (Lake and Porter Counties) that would utilize surplus 2017 funds available for emergency TIP consideration; and


WHEREAS, a sub-committee of applicants reached consensus on and put forth a list of B-list projects to receive these 2017 funds if they become available and the Technical Policy Committee has concurred with this recommendation.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Commission endorses and adopts the attached list of new Federal Aid projects to be implemented in Lake and Porter Counties in 2017.


Duly adopted by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission on this eighth day of December, two thousand and sixteen.



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James G. Ton Chairperson


ATTEST:



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Geof R. Benson Secretary

NIRPC Projects for Emergency TIP Consideration (a.k.a B-List)

As Approved by the Technical Planning Committee (TPC) on 11-1-16



Ranking


Agency


Project


Type (Construction or Non-

Construction)


Total Points


Federal Share


Ability to Obligate Funds w/in 60 days

1

GPTC

Lake Ridge Service

NC

115

500,000

Yes

2

GPTC

Bus Replacement (7001)

NC

110

400,000

Yes

2

GPTC

Bus Replacement (7003)

NC

110

400,000

Yes

2

NIRPC

Replacement Vehicles

NC

110

604,287

Yes

3

Chesterton

DKT/S. Calumet Rd Rehab

C

95

625,000

3

East Chicago

Bike Trail

C

95

625,000

3

Hammond

Columbia Ave Improv

C

95

592,000

4

Hammond

142nd/Baltimore Bike Trail

C

90

500,000

5

Hammond

Signal Preemption

C

85

604,800

6

Gary

Grant St Pavement PM

C

80

500,000

6

Hobart

Lincoln St Corridor Imp

C

80

625,000

7

Gary

Broadway Lighting

C

75

500,000

7

Gary

25th Ave Lighting

C

75

500,000

7

Gary

25th Ave Pavement PM

C

75

500,000

8

GPTC

Maintenance Facility

C

70

500,000

Yes

8

GPTC

Metro Center

C

70

300,000

8

Gary

Grant St Lighting

C

70

500,000

9

Hammond

129th St Imp

C

65

585,000

9

Winfield

Randolph St Path

C

65

320,000

10

Hobart

Old Ridge Rd Imp

C

60

625,000

11

New Chicago

Alt Fuels

NC

55

8,000

12

GPTC

Bus Stop Signage

NC

50

100,000

Yes

12

Hammond

Sign Inventory

NC

50

220,000

12

Hammond

165th St Traffic Study

NC

50

75,000

12

Porter

Downtown Sidewalk Imp

C

50

280,000

13

NIRPC

HH Travel Survey

NC

45

283,000

Yes

13

Port of Indiana

Forklift Replacement

NC

45

160,000

Yes

13

Port of Indiana

Stacker Purchase

NC

45

500,000

Yes

14

Gary

Clay St Pavement PM

C

40

417,600

15

GPTC

Mobile App

NC

30

150,000

Yes

15

Munster

Ridge Rd Corridor Study

NC

30

80,000

15

Porter

Downtown Lighting Imp

C

30

124,000

16

Cedar Lake

ADA Plan Update

NC

25

24,000

16

Cedar Lake

Sign Inventory

NC

25

46,000

16

Hobart

Downtown Lighting Imp

C

25

200,000

16

Hobart

Sign Replacements

C

25

72,000

16

Hobart

Trail Master Plan

NC

25

80,000

16

Lake County

Sign Inventory

NC

25

73,600

16

Munster

Calumet Ave Corridor Study

NC

25

100,000

16

Schererville

Burr St Corridor Study

NC

25

92,000

Public Comment Report

State Road 249 Bridge to the Port of Indiana


The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) held a 30‐day public comment period on amending the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan Update (CRP) to include an Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) project on the bridge on State Road 249 connecting to the Port of Indiana. The comment period began on October 21, 2016 and ended on November 21, 2016.


As required in NIRPC’s 2014 Public Participation Plan, a public meeting was held as part of the comment period. The public meeting time and location was as follows:



Project information, including NIRPC’s environmental justice and air quality conformity analyses, was made available at www.nirpc.org, and stakeholders were made aware via email, a news release, and social media. The public was able to comment via email, telephone, regular mail, and at the public meeting.


Of the comments received, none were considered significant.


Comment

Manner Considered by Staff

Significant?

Need to Modify?

Portage Public Meeting, November 2, 2016


What is the timeline of the project?

The scheduled letting for the project is January of 2020. It is expected to take one construction season to complete, but any schedule is dependent on weather and railroad cooperation.


No


No

Is environmental justice and air quality conformity part of the NEPA process?

No. These are part of the NIRPC process only. INDOT does the NEPA analysis.

No

No


Will the project be a bridge or additional lanes?

This is a two‐tier project. INDOT must complete their study and design, then determine the preferred alternative.

Various facotrs are considered as part of this, including will it accommodate current weights, etc.


No


No

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RESOLUTION 16-36


A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVING THE CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROCESS FOR THE SR 249 BURNS HARBOR BRIDGE

December 8, 2016


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,” 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.


WHEREAS, 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 Congestion Management Process is a product of a multi-modal, 3-C transportation planning process, compatible with regional goals and objectives and socio- economic and demographic factors used to form the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan (CRP), as amended; and


WHEREAS, the Congestion Management Process is an implementation of the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan (CRP), as amended; 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.


WHEREAS, the Congestion Management Process for the SR 249 Burns Harbor Bridge was brought before the Commission’s Technical Planning Committee (TPC) on September 13, 2016 and was recommended by that committee to be approved.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission hereby approves the Congestion Management Process for the SR 249 Burns Harbor Bridge project.


Duly adopted by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission this eighth day of December, 2016.


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James G. Ton Chairperson


ATTEST:



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Geof R. Benson Secretary


Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor Second Bridge: Congestion Management

Process


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Prepared by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

Overview of the Project: The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has proposed amending into NIRPC’s 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan Update Companion and Fiscal Year 2016 to 2019 Transportation Improvement Program a project to add a second bridge to access the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor from SR-249 to the port over US-12. The second bridge is proposed as an additional 2 travel lane facility covering approximately 0.3 miles.


Figure 1: Map of the Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor Second Bridge Project Area

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Introduction: In order for NIRPC to approve the inclusion of the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor second bridge project into the NIRPC 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan (Companion Update as adopted in 2015) and Fiscal Year 2016 to 2019 Transportation Improvement Program, NIRPC must

find the project to pass the Congestion Management Process. For a project to pass the Congestion Management Process, the proposed capacity adding strategy must relieve congestion more than alternative non-capacity adding strategies. NIRPC’s Congestion Management Process is a 12-step process outlined in Appendix C of the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan:

1. Establish a congestion management subcommittee

2. Collect Data

3. Develop Congestion Management Objectives

4. Identify Area of Application

  1. Define System/Network of Interest

  2. Develop Performance Measures

7. Evaluate growth and development scenarios to identify future congestion problems in the context of the CRP

8. Institute System Performance Monitoring Plan

9. Identify/Evaluate Strategies

  1. Incorporate Strategies into the CRP and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

  2. Implement Selected Strategies/-Manage System

  3. Monitor Strategy Effectiveness

Bolded items indicate items that need to be addressed as part of this Congestion Management Process Project Evaluation, as explained in Section XI of Appendix C in the 2040 CRP. Non- bolded items do not need to be addressed in the Project Evaluation because either they have already been addressed (Item 1, 3, 5, and 6) or are actively being addressed as part of the 2040 CRP Plan Implementation (Items 8, 10, 11, and 12). The following describes how the proposed Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor second bridge project Congestion Management Process meets the bolded items.


CMP Process #2: Collect Data: NIRPC collects data routinely as part of its planning process outlined in the Fiscal Years 2015-2016 Unified Planning Work Program found on the NIRPC website at http://nirpc.org/transportation/unified-planning-work-program.aspx. In particular for the Congestion Management Process, NIRPC relies on data from both the NIRPC Travel Demand Model (for data related to vehicle capacities, volume, volume to capacity ratios [V/C], level of service [LOS], and speed) as well as real-time data (vehicle travel times, speeds, and crash rates).


CMP Process #4: Identify Area of Application: Since the proposed Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor second bridge project is located between SR-249 and the port, SR-249 the area of application is SR-249 between I-94 and the port. See Figure 1 for a project area map.


CMP Process #7: Evaluate growth and development scenarios to identify future congestion problems in the context of the CRP: The Project Evaluation for the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor second bridge project accomplishes this by examining the conditions of congestion in both the existing and projected future no-build scenario. Tables 1 and 2 show the existing 2015 congestion and projected 2040 no-build congestion respectively.

Table 1: Congestion Conditions on Existing SR-249 in Project Area in 2015

Level of Service (LOS)

Project Length (mi)

0.30

2015 Total Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.539

C

2015 AM Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.600

C

2015 PM Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.687

C

2015 OP Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.504

C

2015 % Below Posted Speed

31.8%

C

2015 Crash Rate (crashes per million VMT)

2.77

D

Total Level of Service (LOS)

C


Table 2: Projected Congestion Conditions on SR-249 Project Area from 2040 CRP in 2040

Level of Service (LOS)

Project Length (mi)

0.30

2040 Total Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.662

C

2040 AM Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.726

D

2040 PM Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.818

E

2040 OP Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.625

C

2040 % Below Posted Speed

33.3%

C

2040 Crash Rate (crashes per million VMT)

2.77

D

Total Level of Service (LOS)

D


Table 1 shows that the Project Area segment of SR-249 currently performs at Level of Service C – Stable Flow. Table 2 shows that if nothing is done in the project area, in 2040 the segment will perform at Level of Service D – Approaching Unstable Flow. The growth and development assumptions in the projected 2040 no-build scenario in Table 2 have the same growth and development assumptions as in the NIRPC 2040 CRP.


CMP Process #9: Identify/Evaluate Strategies: According to the 2040 CRP Congestion Management Process Project Evaluation, alternative strategies to adding capacity need to be examined in order to conclude that the capacity-adding strategy improves congestion better than the alternative strategies. Alternative strategies are divided into 2 categories: demand management strategies and transportation systems strategies.

There are 4 demand management strategies identified in the 2040 CRP Congestion Management Process: telecommuting, carpooling, school pool, and flextime. In the context of this Project Area, 3 of the 4 strategies, with the exception of school pool because there are no district school busses that use this segment, are considered viable. Altogether, these 3 strategies are assumed to reduce demand for this segment by 4.5%. Table 3 shows projected 2040 congestion on the segment if these 3 demand management strategies are implemented.

Table 3: Projected Congestion Conditions on SR-249 Project Area with Demand Management in 2040

Level of Service (LOS)

Project Length (mi)

0.30

2040 Total Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.632

C

2040 AM Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.693

C

2040 PM Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.781

D

2040 OP Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.597

C

2040 % Below Posted Speed

32.1%

C

2040 Crash Rate (crashes per million VMT)

2.77

D

Total Level of Service (LOS)

C


From Table 3, it appears that demand management improvements alone have a slight positive effect on reducing congestion compared with the 2040 projected no-build scenario in Table 2.

There are 9 transportation systems strategies identified in the 2040 CRP Congestion Management Process: signal timing, intersection turn lanes, traffic operations improvements, driveway controls, median controls, incident management/Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), railroad grade separation, transit, and growth management. Of these 9 strategies, 3 are considered viable: signal timing, traffic operations improvements, and transit for a total capacity adjustment factor of 20%. Intersection turn lanes already exist, there are no significant driveways to be controlled, median controls already exist, incident management/Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) strategies would be too short for this corridor, and there is no significant residential development in the area to control. Table 4 shows the projected 2040 congestion on the segment if both the demand management strategies and the transportation system strategy are implemented.


Table 4: Projected Congestion Conditions on SR-249 Project Area with Demand Management and Transportation System Strategies in 2040

Level of Service (LOS)

Project Length (mi)

0.30

2040 Total Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.527

C

2040 AM Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.578

C

2040 PM Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.651

C

2040 OP Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.497

C

2040 % Below Posted Speed

30.2%

C

2040 Crash Rate (crashes per million VMT)

2.77

D

Total Level of Service (LOS)

C


Compared with Table 3 showing just demand management strategies, Table 4 shows that implementing both demand management strategies and a transportation system strategies slightly improves Level of Service along SR-249, but not more than the existing conditions.

After considering both demand management and transportation system strategies, the Congestion Management Process considers the supply adding strategy of constructing a second bridge with 2 additional travel lanes from SR-249 to access the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. Table

5 shows the projected 2040 congestion on the segment if both the demand management strategies and the added bridge are implemented.


Table 5: Projected Congestion Conditions on SR-249 Project Area with Demand Management and Added Travel Lanes Strategies in 2040

Level of Service (LOS)

Project Length (mi)

0.30

2040 Total Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.316

B

2040 AM Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.347

B

2040 PM Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.391

B

2040 OP Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.299

B

2040 % Below Posted Speed

27.2%

B

2040 Crash Rate (crashes per million VMT)

2.77

D

Total Level of Service (LOS)

B


Compared with Tables 3 and 4, it is clear that adding a second bridge as shown in Table 5 significantly improves performance. Table 5 shows by adding a second bridge as well as implementing demand management strategies, the corridor is expected to perform at Level of Service B – Reasonably Free Flow.

Finally, the Congestion Management Process considers the effects of implementing all available strategies –demand management, added travel lanes, and transportation system improvements. Table 6 shows the projected congestion conditions in 2040 implementing all of these strategies.


Table 6: Projected Congestion Conditions on SR-249 Project Area with Demand Management, Added Travel Lanes, and Transportation System Strategies in 2040

Level of Service

Project Length (mi)

10.28

2040 Total Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.264

B

2040 AM Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.289

B

2040 PM Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.326

B

2040 OP Volume to Capacity (V/C) Ratio

0.249

B

2040 % Below Posted Speed

25.6%

B

2040 Crash Rate (crashes per million VMT)

2.77

D

Total Level of Service (LOS)

B


Table 6 shows very little change from Table 5 indicating that adding a second bridge on SR- 249 to access Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor has a much greater effect on improving congestion than transportation system strategies. Also, since Table 3 shows very little change from Table 2, it appears that demand management strategies alone have little effect on congestion in the project area. This suggests that the added travel lanes strategy has significantly the greatest effect on improving congestion from the strategies considered in the Congestion Management Process.

In summary, Table 7 shows the strategies that the Congestion Management Process considers and their projected total Levels of Service.


Table 7: Congestion Management Process Strategies and their Projected Levels of Service (LOS)

Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor Second Bridge on SR-249 Level of Service

LOS 2015

C

LOS 2040 No Build or Strategies

D

LOS 2040 with Demand Management

C

LOS 2040 with Demand Management and Transportation System Strategies

C

LOS 2040 with DM and Second Bridge

B

LOS 2040 with Second Bridge, DM and Transportation System Strategies

B


In conclusion, the Congestion Management Process for the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor second bridge project shows that only the added second bridge strategy for improving congestion outperforms the existing 2015 Level of Service in 2040. Demand management and transportation system strategies alone fail to adequately improve congestion. Therefore, the analysis recommends that the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor added second bridge project pass the NIRPC Congestion Management Process.


Conclusion: The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor added second bridge project is recommended to pass the NIRPC Congestion Management Process. Demand management and transportation system strategies alone fail to adequately improve congestion, and only the added second bridge alternative achieves a Level of Service in 2040 better than existing conditions.


RESOLUTION 16-37


A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTHWESTERN INDIANA

REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVING THE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ANALYSIS FOR THE PORT OF INDIANA BRIDGE PROJECT SPONSORED BY INDOT


December 8, 2016


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 stakeholder interests; and


WHEREAS, the Commission performs the above activities to satisfy regional requirements under the Fixing American Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act, 2015), as well as other federal, state and local laws mandating transportation planning activities; and


WHEREAS, In accordance with Executive Order 12898 of February 11, 1994, which requires a detailed understanding of the potential benefits and burdens transportation projects can place on low-income and minority communities (environmental justice communities). NIRPC has performed an Environmental Justice (EJ) Benefits and Burdens Analysis for the Port of Indiana Bridge project and found it will have no adverse effect on the environmental justice populations of Northwestern Indiana. For a more detailed explanation, see the attached analysis.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission hereby approves the Environmental Justice Analysis for the I-65 Lane Widening Project sponsored by INODT.


Duly adopted by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission on this nineteenth day of May, 2016.



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James G. Ton Chairperson


ATTEST:


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Geof R. Benson Secretary

Environmental Justice Benefits and Burdens Analysis


for the Port of Indiana Bridge


Prepared by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

September 2016

Purpose and Background

On Feb. 11, 1994, President Bill Clinton issued an Executive Order on Federal actions to address environmental justice in minority and low income populations. It directed every federal agency to make environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing the effects of all programs, policies, and activities on “minority populations and low income populations.” The order was designed to focus Federal attention on the environmental and human health conditions in minority communities and low income communities with the goal of achieving environmental justice. The order promotes nondiscrimination in Federal programs substantially affecting human health and the environment, and to provide minority communities and low income communities’ access to public information on, and an opportunity for public participation in, matters relating to human health or the environment.

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) is committed to addressing environmental justice in all of its work. As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Northwest Indiana, NIRPC is responsible for planning and programming transportation projects that use Federal funds to maintain and expand the transportation system in the region. In the past, transportation projects have often caused undue burdens on environmental justice communities. NIRPC’s goal is to prevent such undue burdens from occurring in the future. The purpose of this document is to analyze the proposed lane track expansion of the Northern Indiana Commuter District’s (NICTD) South Shore train to determine what benefits and/or burdens the project may have on environmental justice populations in Northwest Indiana.

This proposed project is to replace the heavy-haul bridge on Indiana State Road 249 that stretches over US Route 12 and several railroad tracks, providing access to the Port of Indiana. Currently the bridge is only two lanes in either direction. The proposed project will have four total lanes, providing an extra travel lane in either direction.

Approach

NIRPC defines the “minority” and “low-income” requirements of an environmental justice community in the following ways. “Minority” people are those who do not identify as “white, non- Hispanic,” when completing the Census. People who are considered, “low income” are defined as people who have lived in poverty, at any time, during the last 12 months. Sources used in extrapolating data for this population were taken from the most recent data sets from the Census and the American Community Survey.

Understanding how the proposed double-tracking of NICTD’s South Shore train can impact Northwest Indiana’s environmental justice population was divided into two distinct parts. First, NIRPC sought to understand how the proposed infrastructure changes may impact environmental justice communities in a very physical way. Do the proposed changes require the acquisition of property? Would the proposed changes dislocate disadvantaged people? Would the proposed changes cause disadvantaged people to disproportionality absorb more environmental burden through pollution and other impacts of building new infrastructure? Second, NIRPC explored how


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the added track may impact the rest of the travel network by disproportionately harming environmental justice communities in terms of travel delays to key community resources.

To understand the project’s potential impact, environmental justice populations were identified, and concentrations of the populations were mapped. Two future scenarios, a “baseline” scenario and a “build” scenario developed and used to determine the effects of adding the Port of Indiana bridge on environmental justice populations. The baseline scenario consisted of the entire 2040 road network that was adopted for the 2040 CRP. The build scenario added the extra bridge to the baseline network. Each scenario was run through the NIRPC transportation model. The model results were used to analyze the effects of the added travel lanes on environmental justice populations using 11 performance measures developed to capture resources that are critical to a community’s health. The performance measures are as follows:



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Figure 1: Map of the proposed Port of Indiana Bridge


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Results

The first portion of NIRPC’s analysis is starkly clear. The proposed changes are all within property owned by the Port of Indiana. No new property will need to be acquired. Even though the proposed corridor passes directly through Northwestern Indiana’s Environmental Justice population, the proposed changes are contained within an established industrial area.

The second portion of NIRPC’s analysis, understanding the impact to the travel network, equally clear. Table 2 indicates the potential changes to the travel network in a build/no-build scenario, separated by low income and minority populations. In the table below, there are no changes to


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the existing road network. The proposed bridge will have no positive nor negative impact on the EJ population. The bridge is too small and too isolated in an industrial area to have any measurable effect on the EJ population.


Table 1: Performance Measures for the proposed Port of Indiana bridge. The proposed bridge will have no effect on the travel time of the Northwestern Indiana EJ population

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Low Income Population Minority Population


Build No Build Difference Build No Build Difference Impact


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Within a 20 min drive: Average number of jobs 48,127 48,127 0 44,341 44,341 0 None

(14% of total) (14% of total) (13% of total) (13% of total)

Average number of shopping destinations 27,636 27,636 0 27,679 27,679 0 None

(11% of total) (11% of total) (11% of total) (11% of total)

Average number of "other" destinations 155,185 155,185 0 153,072 153,072 0 None

(12% of total) (12% of total) (12% of total) (12% of total)


Average travel time for: Work trips

(values are given in minutes) 20.1 min 20.1 min 0.0 20.4 min 20.4 min 0.0 None

Shopping trips


"Other" trips All trips

13.5 min 13.5 min 0.0 14.6 min 14.6 min 0.0 None


13.7 min 13.7 min 0.0 14.1 min 14.1 min 0.0 None


15.3 min 15.3 min 0.0 15.7 min 15.7 min 0.0 None


Percent of the population within

20 minutes of a:

Livable Center


Retail Center Hospital University


99.9% 99.9% 0% 99.1% 99.1% 0% None


89.3% 89.3% 0% 89.1% 89.1% 0% None


93.9% 93.9% 0% 93.6% 93.6% 0% None


83.8% 83.8% 0% 80.1% 80.1% 0% None


Summary

As illustrated by the NIRPC travel model the proposed Port of Indiana bridge is not expected to have a significant enough negative impact to halt or change the project. The potential impacts to the environmental justice community so minimal that they cannot be measured by our model. Additionally, while the bridge may technically overlap an EJ community, the bridge is contained in an area already dedicated to industry, far away from existing residents. This bridge will have no effect on the EJ population.



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RESOLUTION 16-38


A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION MAKING THE AIR QUALITY CONFORMITY DETERMINATION FOR THE 2040 COMPREHENSIVE REGIONAL PLAN UPDATE COMPANION AS AMENDED AND FISCAL YEAR 2016 to 2019 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AS AMENDED WITH RESPECT TO OZONE AND FINE PARTICLES

December 8, 2016


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 implementation of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 has established National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and fine particles; and


WHEREAS, Lake and Porter Counties have been designated as a non-attainment area with respect to the “8-hour” standard for ozone and Lake and Porter Counties have been designated as a maintenance area of the 1997 annual standard for fine particles; and


WHEREAS, The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 requires that a Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Long Range Transportation Plans and Transportation Improvement Programs conform to the State Implementation Plan for Air Quality by causing the Summer day emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds and Nitrous Oxides from highway mobile sources to be at or below the Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets in the State Implementation Plan for the ozone non-attainment area and by causing annual direct emissions of PM2.5 and annual PM2.5 precursor emissions of Nitrogen Oxides from highway mobile sources in Lake and Porter Counties to be at or below the Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets in the State Implementation Plan for the PM2.5 maintenance area; and


WHEREAS, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, hereafter referred to as “The Commission,” being designated the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Lake, Porter and La Porte County Region, has established a regional, cooperative, and comprehensive planning program to develop the unified planning work program, long-

range transportation plan and transportation improvement program; to annually endorse the plans and programs; to facilitate federal transportation funding for the Indiana Department of Transportation, regional communities and transit operators, and to provide technical assistance and expertise to regional transportation interests; and


WHEREAS, the Commission performs the above mentioned activities to satisfy regional requirements under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, as well as other federal, state and local legislation mandating cooperative, comprehensive and continuing regional transportation planning activities; and


WHEREAS, the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan Update Companion and Fiscal Year 2016 to 2019 Transportation Improvement Program are the products of a multi-modal, continuous, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning process; and


WHEREAS, the implementation of the projects in the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan Update Companion as amended and the Fiscal Year 2016 to 2019 Transportation Improvement Program as amended will result in Summer day highway mobile source emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds and Nitrogen Oxides in 2015, 2020, 2025, 2030, 2035, 2040 and 2045 that will be below the motor vehicle emissions budgets in the State Implementation Plan for the ozone non-attainment area and will result in annual highway mobile source emissions of direct PM2.5 and Nitrogen Oxides in 2015, 2020, 2025, 2030, 2035, 2040 and 2045 that will be below the motor vehicle emission budgets in the PM2.5 maintenance area; and


WHEREAS, the Commission has solicited public comment on the Air Quality Conformity Analysis between October 21, 2016 and November 21, 2016; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Commission officially makes the Air Quality Conformity Determination for the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan Update Companion as amended and Fiscal Year 2016 to 2019 Transportation Improvement Program as amended with respect to ozone and fine particles


Duly adopted by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission this eighth day of December, 2016.


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James G. Ton Chairperson ATTEST:


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Geof R. Benson Secretary


Air Quality Conformity Determination


Between


The 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan as updated and amended The Fiscal Year 2016 to 2019 Transportation Improvement Program and

The Indiana State Implementation Plan for Air Quality


December 8, 2016


Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission Portage, Indiana


www.nirpc.org

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Table of Contents


Purpose

1

Applicability

1

Priority

2

Consultation

2

Content of the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan

3

Table 1. 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan Capacity Expansion Projects

4

Relationship of the Transportation Plan and TIP Conformity to the NEPA Process

7

Fiscal Constraints for the Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program

7

Criteria and Procedures for the Conformity Determination

7

Latest Planning Assumptions

8

Table 2. Socioeconomic Totals

8

Table 3. Vehicle-Miles of Travel

9

Latest Emissions Model

10

TCM Implementation

10

Consistency with Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets in the State Implementation Plan

10

Emission Reductions in Areas Without Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets

10

Procedures for Determining Regional Transportation-Related Emissions

10

Regional Transportation-Related Emissions Results

11

Table 4. Regional Emissions Analysis Results

11

Conclusion

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Purpose


The purpose of this report is to document compliance with section 176(c) of the Clean Air Act as amended (CAAA), and the related requirements of the Final Transportation Conformity Rule (40 CFR Part 51 and 40 CFR Part 93). The air quality conformity determination establishes the compatibility between the state implementation plan, the regional transportation plan and transportation improvement program. The transportation plan includes the region’s guide for transportation system development over a minimum twenty- year period. The transportation improvement program (TIP) includes the region’s choices for Federal spending on expansion and preservation of the transportation system over a four to five year period. The State Implementation Plan (SIP) includes strategies for attainment and maintenance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The conformity determination is based on a regional emissions analysis that demonstrates compatibility among these three planning documents. The regional emissions analysis uses the region’s transportation network model and the USEPA’s MOVES emissions simulator to quantify the emissions from all vehicles on the future transportation system. For Lake and Porter Counties, annual emissions of nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds and fine particles must not exceed Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets as established in the State Implementation Plan. The system that was analyzed includes, regardless of funding sources, all regionally significant capacity expansion projects in the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County area, all significant projects in northeastern Illinois, and a portion of Newton and Jasper Counties in order to satisfy the logical termini consistency with the NEPA process 23 CFR 771.


Applicability


Action Applicability

This conformity determination is required for: adoption, acceptance, approval or support of the Regional Transportation Plan (2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan as updated and amended) and the Transportation Improvement Program (Fiscal Year 2016 to 2019 Transportation Improvement Program) developed pursuant to 23 CFR Part 450 and 49 CFR Part 613.


Geographic Applicability

This conformity determination is required in the ozone non-attainment area, including the Lake/Porter County non-attainment area with respect to the Summer day mobile-source emissions of VOCs and NOx. Lake and Porter Counties are designated as non-attainment of the 1997 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for “8-hour” ozone. Lake and Porter Counties are designated nonattainment for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS, but since no approved SIP exists for this NAAQS, conformity is only required for the 1997 Ozone SIP. This analysis examines parts of Newton and Jasper Counties in order to be consistent with the logical termini requirement for the NEPA process. LaPorte County is in attainment of NAAQS.


This conformity determination is not required in the PM2.5 unclassifiable area, with respect to annual mobile source emissions of NOx and direct PM2.5. Lake and Porter Counties in Northwestern Indiana are classified as unclassifiable of the 2012 annual National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). However, the Interagency Consultation Group decided the 1997 annual National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for PM2.5 applies, even though it was revoked effective October 24, 2016. This is because the process for this conformity determination had already started before notice was issued. Lake and Porter Counties were maintenance areas for the 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS. Also, this analysis examines parts of Newton and Jasper Counties in order to be consistent with the logical termini requirement in the NEPA process.


This conformity determination is based on the requirement of 40 CFR 93.118 (Federal Transportation Conformity Rule) for the regional emissions analysis to indicate compliance with the emissions budgets established in the State Implementation Plan for VOC and NOx emissions in Lake and Porter Counties. The regional transportation plan and transportation improvement program must not result in Summer day


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emissions of VOC and NOx in 2020, 2025, 2030, 2035 and 2040 in excess of the applicable budgets. 2045 is added as an analysis year in order to satisfy the desires of the Interagency Consultation Group on Air Quality.


This conformity determination is based on 40 CFR 93.119 for the regional emissions analysis to indicate interim reductions of the annual emissions of Nitrogen Oxides and direct PM2.5 in the PM2.5 maintenance area, including Lake and Porter Counties. The regional transportation plan and transportation improvement program must not result in annual emissions of direct PM2.5 and NOx from mobile sources in 2015, 2020, 2025, 2030, 2035 and 2040 in excess of the applicable budgets.


Priority


Transportation Control Measures (TCM) in the State Implementation Plan must be given funding priority in the FHWA/FTA approval of any action with air quality consequences. The State Implementation Plan for Lake and Porter Counties and for LaPorte County includes no transportation control measures. This conformity determination is not required to demonstrate priority for TCMs.


Consultation


This conformity determination has been conducted with the involvement of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) through the Federal Highway Administration Indiana Division (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration Region 5 (FTA), United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 (USEPA), Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), and Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC).


The consultation process included the issues and procedures that are listed in 40.CFR 93.105 of the final conformity rule and the August 2007 Interagency Consultation Guidance.


An Interagency Consultation Group (ICG) meeting was conducted on July 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time by teleconference. The meeting was attended by Scott Weber and Kathy Luther, of NIRPC, Frank Baukert of INDOT, Joyce Newland of FHWA, Tony Maietta of USEPA, and Shawn Seals of IDEM. John Parsons from the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation (NICTD) and Rick Heimann from Ports of Indiana also joined the call. The teleconference included an overview of the NICTD double tracking project between Gary and Michigan City and the Ports of Indiana Burns Harbor second access bridge. Scott Weber described the NICTD project as an approximately 25 mile long corridor of which about 9 miles is already double tracked, leaving an additional 16 miles needed to be double tracked. This would also include realigning the NICTD tracks through Michigan City in accordance with the TIGER Grant-funded study preferred alternative, which would remove the embedded tracks from the middle of 11th Street. John Parsons from NICTD confirmed these details and gave Scott a list of crossings and intersections which would be closed due to the project, none of which are regionally significant in the model. Scott then described the Ports of Indiana Burns Harbor project to add a second bridge from SR-249 over US-12 to access the port. The bridge would accommodate 4 travel lanes and offer a parallel alternative to the existing bridge. Both projects seek to be amended into NIRPC’s 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan as updated and amended as well as NIRPC’s FY 2016 to 2019 Transportation Improvement Program. Both projects are regionally significant and therefore require determining conformity with the SIP.


Scott Weber updated the group on the Latest Planning Assumptions, stating that NIRPC intends to use the forecasts as originally adopted as the growth and revitalization hybrid scenario in the 2040 CRP. This is consistent with past Conformity Determinations. The ICG concurred.


Scott then asked to clarify that the emissions that need to be modeled as part of the Regional Emissions


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Analysis are VOC and NOx for Ozone, and Direct PM and NOx precursor emissions for PM2.5. Shawn Seals said that indeed these were the emissions that need to be modeled and the ICG agreed. Scott wanted to clarify that USEPA’s plans to revoke the 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS would not take effect soon enough, and Tony Maietta confirmed that the revocation would likely be around October 2016, too late for the timeline to forego having to make a conformity determination in regards to PM2.5 Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets.


An Interagency Consultation Group (ICG) teleconference call was held September 8, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Central Time. Scott Weber and Kathy Luther of NIRPC, Jay Mitchell and Frank Baukert of INDOT, Shawn Seals of IDEM, Tony Maietta of USEPA, and Michelle Allen of FHWA participated. Scott Weber shared the results from the modeling that showed the emissions exceeding the VOC budgets for 2020. Scott shared that a newspaper article had appeared the day before explaining that the NICTD Double Tracking project would not be completed until at earliest late 2020, so it would not in fact be ready by January 1, 2020, the cutoff date for the conformity determination. Therefore, the decision was made pending NICTD approval to move the NICTD project to the 2025 and beyond network, which would show emissions at or below budgets in 2020. The group agreed with this decision instead of claiming offset emissions reductions credits from CMAQ projects. Tony Maietta asked the group if NIRPC would like to consider adding a margin of safety to the VOC budgets, and the group said maybe but it would not be the ideal choice given the long timeframe.


On Tuesday September 27, 2016, Scott Weber sent an email to the Interagency Consultation Group (ICG) that NICTD decided to withdraw the Double Tracking project from this Conformity Determination until NICTD could submit a request for both the Double Tracking project and the anticipated West Lake Corridor Project. Therefore, the ICG will review both NICTD projects in a subsequent Conformity Determination at a later date, expected to be early 2017 for an adoption in May or June 2017.


Public consultation


In compliance with the adopted NIRPC Public Participation Plan, an opportunity for public comment on the proposed conformity determination has been provided. A media release was issued on October 21, 2016 that established a comment period extending from October 21, 2016 to November 21, 2016. This proposed conformity determination is available to the public for review at the NIRPC offices, 6100 Southport Road, Portage and on the web at www.nirpc.org. The comments and responses will be inserted here at the end of the public comment period.


Content of the Transportation Plan


The transportation plan specifically describes the transportation system envisioned for the following horizon years: 2020, 2025, 2030, and 2040. An additional horizon year of 2045 was agreed to by the ICG. These horizon years meet the USEPA’s requirements of 40 CFR 93.106 (a)(1) of the conformity rule.


The 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan quantifies and documents the demographic and employment factors influencing expected transportation demand. The future levels of population, households and employment imply the magnitude of development envisioned for each traffic analysis zone. These forecasts are based on the 2040 Growth and Revitalization Vision adopted by NIRPC on October 28, 2010. The NIRPC 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan was formally adopted on June 23, 2011 and updated on May 21, 2015. This conformity determination applies adjustments from the 2010 Census to the forecasts, a directive agreed to by the ICG.


The highway and transit systems are described in terms of the regionally significant additions or modifications to the existing transportation network, which the transportation plan envisions to be operational in the analysis


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years. The capacity-expansion projects in the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan are listed on Table 1.


Additions and modifications to the highway network are sufficiently identified to indicate intersections with existing regionally significant facilities, and to determine their effect on route options between transportation analysis zones. Each added or modified highway segment is sufficiently identified in terms of its design concept and design scope to allow modeling of travel times under various traffic volumes, consistent with the modeling methods for area-wide transportation analysis in use by NIRPC. The NIRPC transportation model includes network links representing road segments for all collector and higher functional classifications, with nodes representing all significant intersections.


Transit facilities, equipment, and services envisioned for the future are identified in terms of design concept. The design scope and operating policies for these transit projects have been assumed for the regional emissions analysis, based on local transit services. The NIRPC transportation model includes a mode choice model, and the transportation model is used to estimate transit ridership from the implementation of future transit facilities, equipment and services. Table 1 lists the projects, beginning with projects proposed for completion since 2010.


Table 1. 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan as Update and FY 2016 to 2019 Transportation Improvement Program Capacity Expansion Projects in the Regional Emissions Analysis


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2020 Network (includes the following projects)


ID 239

Agency Road

INDOT SR-249

Completion before Concept

2020

Other Principal Arterial Bridge

From

US-12

Scope

Added Travel Lanes on New Bridge

To

Port of Indiana - BH

Model Representation

Add 2 NB & 2 SB travel lanes on new bridge

ID

Agency

INDOT

Completion before

2020

242

Road

I-65

Concept

Interstate Highway

From

SR-2

Scope

Added Travel Lanes

To

SR-10

Model Representation

Add 1 NB & 1 SB travel lane

ID

Agency

INDOT

Completion before

2020

243

Road

I-65

Concept

Interstate Highway

From

US-231

Scope

Added Travel Lanes

To

SR-2

Model Representation

Add 1 NB & 1 SB travel lane

ID

Agency

INDOT

Completion before

2020

244

Road

SR-912

Concept

Other Expressway

From


To

Riley Rd Interchange


0.6 miles West of Michigan

Scope


Model Representation

New Construction

New links, 2 travel lanes in each direction, expressway attributes, $2.50 tollbooth


other

Avenue Interchange

ID

Agency

INDOT/IDOT

Completion before

2020

233

Road

Illiana

Concept

Limited access toll road

From

I-65

Scope

New facility

To

I-55 (IL)

Model Representation

New 4-lane limited access toll road, $0.11 per mile


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ID 234

Agency Road From To

INDOT I-65 US-30

US-231

Completion before Concept

Scope

Model Representation

2020

Interstate Highway Added Travel Lanes

Add 1 NB & 1 SB travel lane

ID

Agency

INDOT

Completion before

2020

250

Road From

US-41

93rd Ave

Concept Scope

Principal Arterial Highway Added Center Turn Lane

To

US-231

Model Representation

Increase Capacity by 10%

ID 235a

Agency Road

Lake County 45th Avenue

Completion before Concept

2020

Minor Arterial Street

From

Whitcomb Street

Scope

Added Center Turn Lane

To

Grant Street

Model Representation

Increase Capacity by 10%

ID

Agency

Merrillville

Completion before

2020

105a

Road

Mississippi Street

Concept

Minor Arterial Street

From To

US-30

93rd Ave

Scope

Model Representation

Added Travel Lanes

Add 1 travel lane in each direction

ID 217

Agency Road

Munster 45th Avenue

Completion before Concept

2020

Minor Arterial Street

From

At Calumet Avenue

Scope

Intersection Realignment

To

Model Representation

Reconfigure intersection links

ID 226

Agency Road

Hobart

61st Avenue

Completion before Concept

2020

Minor Arterial Street

From

Colorado Street

Scope

Added Center Turn Lane

To

SR-51

Model Representation

Increase capacity by 10%

ID

Agency

Gary Public Transp. Corp.

Completion before

2020

248

Service

Lakeshore North

Concept

New Fixed Route Bus Service

From

Hammond

Scope

Added Fixed Route Transit Service

To

Loop via Horseshoe Casino

Model Representation

Add Transit Line on Road Links

ID

Agency

Gary Public Transp. Corp.

Completion before

2020

249

Service

Livable Broadway

Concept

Enhanced Fixed Route Bus Service

From

Gary Metro Center

Scope

Added Fixed Route Transit Service

To

Crown Point

Model Representation

Add Transit Line on Road Links


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2025 Network (includes the 2020 network, plus the following projects)


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ID 240

Agency Road From

Hammond Gostlin/Sheffield/Chicago Illinois State Line

Completion before Concept

Scope

2025

Minor Arterial Street Added Travel Lanes

To

US-41

Model Representation

Add 1 travel lane in each direction

ID 235b

Agency Road

Lake County 45th Avenue

Completion before Concept

2025

Minor Arterial Street

From

Colfax Street

Scope

Added Center Turn Lane

To

Whitcomb Street

Model Representation

Increase Capacity by 10%

ID

Agency

Merrillville

Completion before

2025

105b

Road From To

Mississippi Street

93rd Ave 101st Ave

Concept Scope

Model Representation

Minor Arterial Street Added Travel Lanes

Add 1 travel lane in each direction

ID 214

Agency Road

Merrillville 101st Avenue

Completion before Concept

2025

Minor Arterial Highway

From

SR-53

Scope

Added Travel Lanes

To

Mississippi Street

Model Representation

Add 1 travel lane in each direction

ID

Agency

Schererville

Completion before

2025

96

Road

Kennedy Avenue

Concept

Minor Arterial Street

From

Main Street

Scope

Added Travel Lanes

To

US-30

Model Representation

Add 1 travel lane in each direction

ID 218

Agency Road

St. John 93rd Avenue

Completion before Concept

2025

Minor Arterial Street

From

White Oak Avenue

Scope

Added Center Turn Lane

To

US-41

Model Representation

Increase capacity by 10%


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Calumet Avenue

Model Representation

2030

Minor Arterial Street

New Construction and added travel lanes

New links, 2 travel lanes in each direction, Minor Arterial attributes, add 1 lane / direction in existing segment

2030 Network (includes the 2025 network, plus the following projects)



ID

86

Agency Munster

Road Main Street

From Burnham Avenue

Completion before

Concept Scope


ID

Agency

Valparaiso

Completion before

2030

214

Road

Vale Park Road East

Concept

Minor Arterial Street

From

Calumet Avenue

Scope

Added Travel Lanes

To

Silhavy Road

Model Representation

Add 1 travel lane in each direction


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2030

Minor Arterial Highway New Construction

New links, 2 travel lanes in each direction, Minor Arterial

attributes

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ID

237

Agency Porter County

Road Willowcreek Road

From CR-700N

Completion before

Concept Scope


To

CR-100S

Model Representation

2040 Network (includes the 2030 network, plus the following projects)


ID

Agency

Valparaiso

Completion before

2040

238

Road

Division Road

Concept

Minor Arterial Street

From

SR-2

Scope

Added Travel Lanes

To

US-30

Model Representation

Add 1 travel lane in each direction


The NIRPC transportation modeling process does not include a land use model. The socioeconomic data for the traffic analysis zones reflect the 2040 Growth and Revitalization Vision for northwestern Indiana.


Relationship of Transportation Plan and TIP Conformity with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Process


The degree of specificity required in the transportation plan and the specific travel network assumed for air quality modeling do not preclude the consideration of alternatives in the NEPA process, including environmental assessment and preparation of environmental impact statements, or other project development studies. Should the NEPA process result in a project with design concept and scope significantly different from that in the transportation plan or transportation improvement program, the project must meet the tests for total annual system emissions equal to or below the level of the 2002 emissions or the applicable budgets for the analysis years, and provide for TCM priority, if applicable, before NEPA process completion.


During the congestion management process and other analyses for the capacity expansion projects in the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan, options other than the assumed design concept and design scope must be considered.


Fiscal Constraints for the Transportation Plan and TIP


NIRPC has reviewed all of the projects in the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan as updated to determine through project sponsor interviews and the Transportation Policy Committee that the projects meet requirements for fiscal constraint. INDOT has submitted under separate cover a document that describes how the proposed Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), including those projects in the FY 2016 to 2019 Transportation Improvement Program, meets fiscal constraint requirements. The Transit Operators Roundtable has thoroughly vetted the transit projects in the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan as updated to determine that they meet fiscal constraint requirements.


Criteria and Procedures for the Conformity Determination


The Interagency Consultation Group Conformity Consultation Guidance establishes the criteria and procedures for the Conformity Determination. The Indiana SIP includes a duplicate of the original Federal transportation conformity rule. On August 15, 1997, after the establishment of the Indiana conformity rule as part of the SIP, the Federal conformity rule was amended to provide flexibility and streamlining. On June 1, 1998, IDEM issued a nonrule policy document that provides guidelines for conformity determination in light of Federal amendments. The nonrule policy document established the intent of IDEM to revise the SIP to mirror the new Federal amendments and to exercise its enforcement discretion to allow the features of the Federal amendments to be used.


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The conformity determination for the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan as updated and amended and Fiscal Year 2016 to 2019 Transportation Improvement Program meets the requirements of 40 CFR 93.110 (latest planning assumptions), 93.111 (latest emissions model), and 93.112 (consultation) of the Federal conformity rule, for conformity determinations during all periods, and 40 CFR 93.113 (b and c) (transportation control measures), 93.118 (adherence to motor vehicle emissions budgets), and 93.119 (interim emissions reductions) of the conformity rule, for the transportation improvement program conformity determination with respect to Summer day VOC and NOx emissions and the annual direct PM2.5 and NOx emissions.


Latest Planning Assumptions


The conformity determination is based on the latest planning assumptions. The transportation model uses the assumptions derived from estimates of current and future population, households, employment, travel and congestion most recently developed by NIRPC and approved by NIRPC. The estimates include 2010 population estimates from the 2010 Census, and employment estimates from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development ES-202 file. Trip generation rates, trip length, mode choice and other model parameters are based on a 1995 Household Travel Survey in Northwestern Indiana and compared to nationwide data. The 2007-2008 Household Travel Survey has not been incorporated into the trip generation rates for the transportation network in time for this Conformity Determination, although this is consistent with prior conformity determinations. The travel demand model was validated with respect to the year 2012 Highway Performance Monitoring System. The 2020, 2025, 2030, 2035 and 2040 population, household and employment forecasts were prepared in March 2011 and intermediate years updated to take into account the 2010 Census in January 2015 by NIRPC, using the latest available information.


The transit operating policies (including fares and service levels) were changed for the previous conformity determination and are reflected in this conformity determination. Changes are assumed in existing transit fares within northwest Indiana over time. The model represents tolls on the Indiana Toll Road, the Illiana Expressway, and Cline Avenue Bridge by links that correspond to tollbooths with a fixed travel time, based on the toll amount. The toll increases have been reflected in the transportation networks.


Planning Assumptions


  1. Population forecasts have been prepared by NIRPC. For the development of the 2040 CRP, NIRPC has been allowed to use forecasts that are not constrained by the county control totals, which have tended to underestimate growth in the region. The population numbers show a large increase in Porter County, and a slight increase in LaPorte County and Lake County. The population, households and employment data are allocated to the traffic analysis zones and are used in the regional emissions analysis. The totals for the three-county area are included in Table 2.


    Table 2. Socioeconomic Totals


    Year

    Population

    Households

    Employment

    2000

    741,468

    277,324

    303,850

    2010

    771,815

    292,477

    277,584

    2015

    775,200

    291,315

    280,147

    2020

    827,438

    337,211

    302,828

    2025

    855,249

    359,578

    315,450

    2030

    883,060

    381,944

    328,071

    2035

    910,872

    404,311

    340,693

    2040

    938,683

    426,678

    353,315

    2045

    966,497

    449,046

    365,937



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  2. The Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) data provided the basis for an analysis of the growth in Vehicle-Miles of Travel. Based on this data, the actual annual rate of growth of travel can be determined. For the three-county area, the rates range from -0.88% per year to 2.84% per year between 1993 and 2008. Over this period, the annual rate of growth is 1.85% per year.


    Table 3. Vehicle-Miles of Travel


    Data from the Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS)

    Year

    VMT Estimate (HPMS)

    Annual Rate of Growth

    1993

    18,829,591

    1994

    18,663,552

    -0.88%

    1995

    19,847,112

    2.67%

    1996

    19,842,716

    1.76%

    1997

    21,058,741

    2.84%

    1998

    21,638,065

    2.82%

    1999

    21,249,847

    2.04%

    2000

    21,527,000

    1.93%

    2001

    21,987,000

    1.96%

    2002

    22,147,635

    1.82%

    2003

    22,201,000

    1.66%

    2004

    22,154,000

    1.49%

    2005

    22,216,000

    1.39%

    2006

    22,305,000

    1.31%

    2007

    22,397,000

    1.25%

    2008

    21,792,000

    0.98%

    2009

    26,507,000

    2.55%

    2010

    20,359,000

    0.48%

    2011

    26,545,000

    2.28%

    2012

    25,461,000

    1.85%



  3. Vehicle registration data have been received from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. These data are split by vehicle type, and have an associated date of approximately December 31, 2014. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management provided vehicle age information for cars and light trucks, from the application of a vehicle identification number (VIN) decoder as well as registrations by vehicle type directly from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This vehicle registration data have been used in MOVES, reflecting vehicle fleet age by vehicle type for smaller vehicles. For larger vehicle types, default data have been determined to be the best available fleet age information.


Horizon Year


The horizon year is 2040. An extra horizon year of 2045 was added by consultation with the ICG. The 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan provides a policy-oriented distribution of population and households. This distribution is reflected in the project selection system for the plan, giving significant weight to projects in the revitalization areas in Gary, Hammond, East Chicago and Michigan City, as well as livable centers that provide for mixed land uses and greater transportation options.


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Latest Emissions Model


On March 2, 2010 the USEPA officially released the MOVES model, with a two year grace period. The MOVES model was updated in July 2014. INDOT has provided a utility that prepares the output of a TransCAD model for use with MOVES. INDOT has also run the MOVES model and provided emissions factors to all metropolitan areas in the state for use in conformity analysis. The MOVES2014a model has been used for this conformity analysis. The motor vehicle emissions budgets have been revised to use the MOVES emissions rates.


TCM Implementation


The 2040 Regional Transportation Plan and Fiscal Year 2016 to 2019 Transportation Improvement Program are not required to provide for timely implementation of TCMs from the SIP, since the SIP currently contains no TCMs.


Consistency with the Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets in the SIP


The regional emissions analysis has estimated emissions of VOC and NOX as ozone precursors. The regional emissions analysis includes estimates of emissions from the entire transportation system, including all regionally significant projects contained in the transportation plan and all other regionally significant highway and transit projects expected in the nonattainment area in the time frame of the transportation plan. Table 4 shows that regional emissions for the ozone precursors fall at or below the budgets in the State Implementation Plan for the 1997 Ozone Summer Day 8-hour standard (used in lieu of an applicable 2008 Ozone Summer Day 8-hour standard because Indiana has yet to adopt a State Implementation Plan for that standard).


The emissions analysis methodology meets the requirements of 40 CFR 93.122(b) of the Federal Conformity Rule, for conformity determinations based on estimates of regional transportation-related emissions completed after January 1, 1997.


Implementation of the Lake and Porter County projects in the regional transportation plan results in motor vehicle emissions that are at or below the levels of the applicable Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets, as shown in Table 4. This table also indicates that the implementation of the Lake and Porter County projects in the regional transportation plan result in motor vehicle emissions that are at or below the level of the proposed Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets in the State Implementation Plan for the PM2.5 unclassifiable area.


Emission Reductions in Areas Without Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets


The establishment of Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets that cover ozone and fine particles and their precursor emissions eliminates the requirements to demonstrate emissions reductions.


Procedures for Determining Regional Transportation-Related Emissions


The regional emissions analysis for the transportation projects includes calculations of vehicle emissions at the aggregate level for the entire transportation system, including all regionally significant expansion projects expected in the nonattainment area. The analysis includes FHWA/FTA-funded projects proposed in the transportation plan, all Indiana Toll Road projects and all other regionally significant projects which are disclosed to NIRPC. Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) from projects which are not regionally significant are estimated in accordance with reasonable professional practice, using the regional travel demand model and the procedure for projects that are regionally significant.


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emissions reduction credit from projects, programs, activities, or control measures which require a regulatory action in order to be implemented.


Ambient temperatures used for the regional emissions analysis are consistent with those used to estimate the emissions in 2002. All other factors, for example the fraction of travel in a hot stabilized engine mode, are consistently applied.


Reasonable methods have been used to estimate nonattainment area VMT on off-network roadways within the urban transportation planning area, and on roadways outside the urban transportation planning area. For 2020, 2025, 2030, 2035, 2040 and 2045, estimates of regional transportation-related emissions used to support the conformity determination have been made using the MOVES2014a post-processor updated with the latest vehicle registration data..


Land use, population, employment, and other network-based travel model assumptions have been documented based on the best available information. The land development and use in the 2040 Growth and Revitalization Vision adopted by NIRPC and underpinning the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan are consistent with the future transportation system alternatives for which emissions have been estimated. The distribution of employment and residences are reasonable.


A capacity-sensitive assignment methodology has been used, and emissions estimates are based on a methodology, which differentiates between peak and off peak link volumes and speeds, and uses speeds based on final assigned volumes, post-processed in the database. Zone-to-zone travel impedances used to distribute trips between origin and destination pairs are in reasonable agreement with the travel times that are estimated from final assigned traffic volumes, using a feedback procedure iterated five times. These times have also been used for modeling mode splits. The network-based travel model is reasonably sensitive to changes in the time(s), cost(s), and other factors affecting travel choices. Reasonable methods in accordance with good practice have been used to estimate traffic speeds and delays in a manner that is sensitive to the estimated volume of travel on each roadway segment represented in the network-based travel model. Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) estimates of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) are considered the primary measure of VMT within the portion of the nonattainment area and for the functional classes of roadways included in the nonattainment area.


Regional Transportation-Related Emissions Results


Table 4 presents the results of the regional transportation emissions analysis for the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan as updated and amended, and the FY 2016 to 2019 Transportation Improvement Program including the projects as specified in Table 1. As seen in this table, the emissions are at or lower than the budgets for Ozone precursor emissions in 2020, 2025, 2030, 2035, 2040, and 2045. Also, emissions are at

or lower than the budgets for PM2.5 and its precursor emissions in 2020, 2025, 2030, 2035, 2040, and 2045.


Table 4. Regional Emissions Analysis Results


Ozone Emissions in U.S. Tons per Day Lake and Porter Counties

2020

2025

2030

2035

2040

2045

VOC Budget

5.99

5.99

5.99

5.99

5.99

5.99

VOC Emission

5.99

5.20

4.02

3.15

2.81

2.72

NOx Budget

16.69

16.69

16.69

16.69

16.69

16.69

NOx Emissions

14.91

9.86

7.80

6.62

6.37

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PM2.5 Emissions in U.S. Tons per Year Lake and Porter Counties

2020

2025

2030

2035

2040

2045

Direct PM Budget

374.30

188.73

188.73

188.73

188.73

188.73

Direct PM Emission

198.65

143.47

123.84

115.64

116.07

116.64

NOx Precursor Budget

10,486.08

5,472.34

5,472.34

5,472.34

5,472.34

5,472.34

NOx Precursor Emissions

6,084.18

4,046.89

3,185.41

2,754.71

2,668.26

2,687.28



Conclusion


The Summer day on-road mobile source emissions of the precursors of ozone (VOC and NOx) in Lake and Porter Counties that result from the implementation of the projects in the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan as updated and the Fiscal Year 2016 to 2019 Transportation Improvement Program in the years 2020, 2025, 2030, 2035, 2040 and 2045 are at or less than the Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets established in the Maintenance Plan included in the U.S. EPA approved State Implementation Plan for Lake and Porter Counties. The on-road mobile source emissions of annual direct PM2.5 and annual nitrogen oxide in the PM2.5 maintenance area that result from the implementation of the projects in the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan as updated and the Fiscal Year 2016 to 2019 Transportation Improvement Program in the years 2020, 2025, 2030, 2035, 2040 and 2045 are less than the Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets established in the Maintenance Plan included in the U.S. EPA approved State Implementation Plan for Lake and Porter Counties. Therefore, the Interagency Consultation Group on Air Quality finds the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan as updated and the Fiscal Year 2016 to 2019 Transportation Improvement Program to conform to the requirements of section 176(c) of the Clean Air Act Amendment and the related requirements of the Federal Transportation Conformity Rule (40 CFR Part 51 and 40 CFR Part 93) with respect to ozone and PM2.5.


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RESOLUTION 16-39


A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION ADOPTING AMMENDMENT NO. 3 TO THE 2040 COMPREHENSIVE REGIONAL PLAN UPDATE COMPANION FOR NORTHWESTERN INDIANA


WHEREAS, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, hereafter referred to as “The Commission”, being designated the Council of Governments, representing all local governments in the region has established a comprehensive planning process including the three domains of environmental, economic development and transportation planning; and


WHEREAS, the Commission, being designated the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Lake, Porter and La Porte County Region, has established a regional, cooperative and comprehensive planning program to develop the unified planning work program, long-range transportation plan and transportation improvement program; to annually endorse the plans and programs; to facilitate federal transportation funding for the Indiana Department of Transportation, regional communities and transit operators, and to provide technical assistance and expertise to regional transportation interests; and


WHEREAS, the Commission performs the above mentioned activities to satisfy regional requirements under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015 (FAST Act), as well as other federal, state and local laws mandating 3-C transportation activities; and


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


WHEREAS, the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan Update Companion is the product of a continuous, cooperative, and comprehensive planning process; and


WHEREAS, the Commission has analyzed the benefits and burdens of the implementation of the expansion project listed in the attachment, and has found that there are no unfair burdens, nor unfair lack of benefits for low income and minority populations; and

WHEREAS, the project was subjected to NIRPC’s Congestion Management Process anaylsis and were found to be consistent; and


WHEREAS, the Commission has solicted public comment on the proposed amendment, and the comment from which and the responses to them have been made available; and


WHEREAS, the NIRPC Technical Policy Committee acted on October 11, 2016 to recommend inclusion of the transportation expansion project as an amendment; and


WHEREAS, the Commission found it necessary to amend the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan Update Companion to include the project listed in the attachment.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The Commission hereby adopts this Amendment #3 to the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan Update Companion.


Duly adopted by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission on this eigth day of December, 2016.


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Geoff Benson, Secretary

2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan Update Companion Amendment #3


Amendment #3 to the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan Update Companion will add a project to the Capacity Expansion Projects published on P II-62 of the Plan. The revised Capacity Expansion Projects table will include in the Open to Traffic by 2020 list:

Open-to-traffic date: Before January 1, 2020

Beginning Point: SR-249 at Existing Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor Bridge

End Point: Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

Project Sponsor: Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT)

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RESOLUTION 16-40


A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION AMENDING THE

2016-2019 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR LAKE, PORTER, AND LAPORTE COUNTIES, INDIANA

AMENDMENT NO. 32

December 8, 2016


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 FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program is a product of a multi-modal, 3-C transportation planning process, compatible with regional goals and objectives and socio-economic and demographic factors used to form the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan {CRP}, as amended; and


WHEREAS, the FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program is an implementation of the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan {CRP), as amended; is fiscally constrained, and is consistent with the State Implementation Plan for Air Quality; and

WHEREAS, the FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program is developed by the Commission in coordination and cooperation with local elected and appointed highway and transit officials, special interest and service organizations, including users of public transit, the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Federal Transit Administration, and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency; and


WHEREAS, the changes to the FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program brought about by this amendment were reviewed by the Air Quality Conformity Task Force's lnteragency Consultation Group (ICG}; and


WHEREAS, the changes to the FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program brought about by this amendment were subjected to public comment in the manner prescribed by the 2014 Public Participation Plan with no comments received; and


WHEREAS, the Technical Policy Committee (TPC} has recommended that the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission make these changes to the 2016- 2019 Transportation Improvement Program.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission hereby amends the 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program by adding the new projects and making other changes as shown on the attachment to this resolution.


Duly adopted by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission this eighth day of December, 2016.


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James G. Ton Chairperson


ATTEST:


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Geof R. Benson Secretary

2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program for Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties, Indiana

Amendment #32 December 201 6


Part 1: New Board-Authorized LPA Projects/Pro ject Phases


Federal Funds

DES Sponsor Project Action Requested Funds Phase Year Total Federal Non-Federal


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Alternative Fuel Infrastructure CMAQ

160121 1 Lake County (Truck Stop Electrification). Flying Add Phase. Chicago PE 2018 $ 433,732 $ 329,386 $ 104,346

J _at 1-65 & SR 2. 3P Agreement UA


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Heavy Duty Fleet Diesel

CMAQ

1601843 Hobart Add Phase. Chicago PE 2017 $ 230,628 $ 184,502 $ 46, 126 Repower. One vehicle.


Municipal Fleet CNG

UA

-CMAQ

1601844 Hobart Add Phase. Chicago PE 2017 $ 676,716 $ 541,373 $ 135,343 Infrastructure (Fueling Station)

-

-UA

CMAQ

1601845 Hobart CNG Fuel Purchase Add Phase. Chicago PE 201 8 $ 47,894 $ 38,315 $ 9,579


Conversion of F-250 Truck to

-

-UA

CMAQ

1601847 City of LaPorte Add Phase. Michigan PE 2017 $ 14,500 $ 1 1,600 $ 2,900 Liquid Propane.

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City UA


CMAQ

1601867 City of LaPorte Construct Chessie Trail Phase 2 Add Phase. Michigan PE 2019 $ 250,000 $ 200,000 $ 50,000

City UA

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Cost to complete: $1,650,000. CN in 2021. Length: 1.04 miles


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STBG II

1601868 LaPorte County Wayfinding Signage Plan/PE Add Phase. Michigan PE 2017 $ 20,000 $ 16,000 $ 4,000

City UA

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Non-construction (Planning) Project.


Federal

Funds

DES

Seonsor

Project

Action Re9uested

Funds

Phase

Year

Total

Federal

Non-Federal

STBG II

1601868

Michigan City

Singing Sands Trail Ill PE

Add Phase.

Michigan

Cit UA

PE

2017

$ 209,751

$ 167,801

$ 41,950

Cost to complete: $4,750,000. CN in 2021 . Length: 5.4 miles.


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Pending

STBG II

Add Phase.

Michigan

PE

2017

$ 30,000

$ 24,000

$ 6,000

City UA

Michigan City Bicycle Racks for 12 Public Transit

Transit Buses


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Non-construction (Transit Capital) Project. Flex to FTA.


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STBG II

1601870 City of LaPorte Wayfinding Signage Plan Add Phase. Michigan PE 2017 $ 80,000 $ 64,000 $ 16,000

City UA

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Non-construction (Planning) Project.


STBG II

PE

2017

$ 25,000

$ 20,000

$ 5,000

Pending

LaCrosse

Sidewalk Curb Cuts

Add Phase.

Michigan City UA


CN


2019


$ 50,000


$ 40,000


$ 10,000


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Conduct Two (2) Road Safety

Pending Hobart Audit(s): Marcella Blvd & Old Add Phase.

Ridge Rd.


Conduct Three (3) Road Safety

Pending Gary Audit(s): Ridge Rd, Grant St, Lake Add Phase.

St.


Conduct Four (4) Road Safety

Pending Lake County Audit(s): 101st Ave , Calumet Ave, Add Phase.

109th Ave.

HSIP

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Penalty Chicago UA

HSIP

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Penalty Chicago UA

HSIP

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Penalty Chicago UA


PE 2017 $ 60,000 $ 60,000 $


PE 2017 $ 105,000 $ 105,000 $


PE 2017 $ 100,000 $ 100,000 $

Conduct 1 1 Road Safety Audit(s): Silhavy Rd, CR 500N, Calumet

Pending Valparaiso Ave, Campbell St, Lincolnway, CR Add Phase.

400N, SR 2, US 30, Roosevelt Rd, LaPorte Ave, Harrison Blvd.


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Non-construction (Planning) Projects.


HSIP

Penalty Chicago UA


PE 2017 $ 275,000 $ 275,000 $


Federal

Funds

DES

Sponsor

Project

Action Requested

Funds

Phase

Year

Total

Federal

Non-Federal


Part 2: Changes to Existing LPA Projects/Pro ject Phases


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1592160 Lake County

County-wide Bridge Inspections &


Add Phase.

State

PE 2019 $ 215,760 $ 172,608 $ 43,1 52

Inventory Bridge

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Non-construction (Planning) Project. Additional phases in 2020 ($129,240) and 2021 ($224,880). Cost to complete: $569,880.


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1500346 LaPorte County

County-wide Bridge Inspections &

Decrease Award.

State

PE 201 9 $ 147,678 $ 1 18,142 $ 29,536

Inventory Bridge

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Non-construction (Planning) Project. Additional phases in 2020 ($7,225). Cost to complete: $154,903.


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2018

$ 126,960

$ 101,568

$ 25,392

2019

$ 17,040

$ 13,632

$ 3,408

County-wide Bridge Inspections & State

1592163 Porter County Add Phase. PE


Non-construction (Planning) Project.

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Inventory

Bridge


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0710068 Highland


45th Ave Intersection Improvements at 5th Ave.

STBG I

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Add Phase. Chicago RW 2017 $ 222,500 $ 178,000 $ 44,500 UA

Cost to complete: $1,314,500. CN in 2018 .


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125th Ave Safety Improvements

HSIP

1401030 Crown Point Increase Award Chicago RW 2017 $ 350,000 $ 315,000 $ 35,000 (SR 55 to Court St.)

UA

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Cost to complete: $1,908,940. CN in 201 9.


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Increase Award PE 2017 $ 90,000 $ 81,000 $ 9,000 HSIP

Courthouse Square Intersection &

Change Year;

1500323 Crown Point

Pedestrian Crossing Upgrades Increase Award

Chicago RW 201 8 $ 27,500 $ 24,750 $ 2,750

UA

Change Year CN 2019 $ 484,867 $ 436,380 $ 48,487

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Construct Oak Savannah Trail TAP

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1382658 Griffith from Oak Ridge Prairie to Erie- Decrease Award Chicago RW 2017 $ 37,350 $ 29,880 $ 7,470 Lackawanna Trail UA

Cost to complete: $498,306. CN in 2017.


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Bike, Pedestrian Facilities in TAP

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1400774 LaPorte County Hanna, Rolling Prairie, & Union Add Phase. Michigan PE 2017 $ 10,000 $ 8,000 $ 2,000 Mills. Cit UA

Supplemental PE funds (remainder obligated in 201 6). Cost to complete: $495,000. Cost share with State TAP funds.

Federal Funds

DES Sponsor Project Action Requested Funds Phase Year Total Federal Non-Federal


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STBG I

Chicago

CN

2017

$ 200,000

$ 160,000

$ 40,000

UA

Town-wide Sign Replacement

1500320

Griffith

(Regulatory /Warning & Street

Name)

Scope Change; Fund Type Change; Fed/Local Split Change; Reduce Award; Year Change.


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1401046

Merrillville

Reduce Award.

Chicago

CN

2017

$ 685,653

$ 617,088

$ 68,565

(Regulatory /Warning Only)

UA


Town-wide Sign Replacement


Scope Change; Fund Type Change;


STBG I

1401045

Hobart

(Regulatory /Warning & Street Name)

Fed/Local Split Change; Reduce Award.

Chicago UA

CN

2017

$ 463,516

$ 370,813

$ 92,703

Town-wide Sign Replacement

HSIP



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Scope Change; Fund

Town-wide Sign Replacement

Type Change;

1592418

Scherervi Ile

(Regulatory /Warning & Street

Fed/Local Split

Name)

Change; Increase

STBG I


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Chicago PE UA

2017

$ 72,600

$ 38,460

$ 34,140

STBG I

Award. Chicago CN

2017

$ 532,300

$ 425,840

$ 106,460

-UA

-

STBG I


SR 2 Sidewalks from Fremont to

Reduce Award

Chicago UA

RW

2017

$ 84,500

$ 67,600

$ 16,900

Burr St. (Curb & Sidewalks)

STBG I

Increase Award

Chicago

UA

CN

2017

$ 199,833

$ 159,866

$ 39,967

1000077 Lowell



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Cost to Complete: $1.06 million. Cost-shared with INDOT STBG Ill.


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1592419 Lowell

HSIP

Increase Award.

Chicago

CN

2017

$ 82,000

$ 73,800

$ 8,200

UA

Town-wide Warning & Regulatory Sign Replacement


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Federal

Funds

DES

Sponsor

Project

Action Requested

Funds

Phase

Year

Total

Federal

Non-Federal

Construct Sidewalks in vicinity of

TAP

1500417 Hobart Add Phase. Chicago PE 2017 $ 104,200 $ 83,360 $ 20,840 Hobart Middle School (TAP SRTS)

UA

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Cost to Complete: $41 3,200.


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1 172007 Lake County


45th Ave. Added Travel Lanes from Whitcomb to Chase (Ph 2B)

STBG I

Change Year Chicago CN 201 9 $ 2, 190,000 $ 1,752,000 $ 438,000 UA

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Reconstruction of 45th St from 0.2 STBG I

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0710056 Munster mi E of Calumet Ave (Added Add Phase. Chicago RW 2017 $ 250,000 $ 200,000 $ 50,000 Travel Lanes) UA

Cost to Complete: $28,693,293.


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Central Ave Reconstruction: STBG I

0600754 Portage Hornstrom Rd to 1-80/90 (Toll Change Year . Chicago CN 2018 $ 5,175,000 $ 4, 140,000 $ 1,035,000 Road) UA

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Install One Public CNG Fuel CMAQ

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1601152 Portage Station at Family Express. 3P Change Year. Chicago PE 2018 $ 1,088,125 $ 870,500 $ 217,625 Agreement UA

Non-Construction project.


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1592417 Porter (Town)


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Non-Construction project.

Town-wide Warning &

Regulatory Sign Replacement

HSIP

Increase Award. Chicago CN 2017 $ 70,000 $ 63,000 $ 7,000 UA


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1601 159 Valparaiso

Ransom Rd Shoulder Increase Award; Rehabilitation And Repair Change Year

HSIP

Chicago PE 2017 $ 129,819 $ 1 16,837 $ 12,982 UA

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RW in 2019; CN in 2021. Cost to Complete: $621,619. Length: 1.0 miles.


Federal

Funds

DES

Sponsor

Project

Action Requested

Funds

Phase

Year

Total

Federal

Non-Federal

Part 3: Deleted LPA Projects/Pro ject Phases



1500322 Highland

Erie-Lackawanna Trail Crossing Improvements at 45th Ave (HAWK Pedestrian Crossing Srstem)


HSIP

DELETE Phase. Chicago RW 2017 $ 42,500 $ 38,250 $ 4,250 UA

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Cost to complete: $123,437. All RW secure.


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Erie-Lackawanna Trail Crossing HSIP

1500321 Griffith Improvements at Main St (Flashing DELETE Phase. Chicago RW 2017 $ 17,500 $ 8,000 $ 9,500 Beaconl UA


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Cost to complete: $103,500. All RW secure. CN in 201 8.


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1601156 Lake County


109th Ave Intersection

HSIP

Chicago PE 2017 $ 78,000 $ 70,200 $ 7,800 UA

DELETE Phases.

Improvements at US 4 1. HSIP

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Chicago RW 201 9 $ 73,000 $ 65,700 $ 7,300 UA

Entire project cancelled (all 3 phases). Remove from SPMS. County will construct project with own funds.


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1382597 Gary

Airport Road (aka Industrial Highway) reconstruction Phase I (EJ&E RR Bridge to E of Main Airort Entrance.

STBG I

DELETE Phase. Chicago RW 2019 $ 250,000 $ 200,000 $ 50,000 UA

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Phase not needed. CN in 201 7. Cost to complete: $6,325,000.



0710064 Gary

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Signals, new & Improved, at intersection 15th Ave and MLK Dr, multiple intersections and 1 rail crossing.


STBG I

DELETE Phase. Chicago RW 2019 $ 200,000 $ 160,000 $ 40,000 UA

Phase delayed to 2020. Cost to complete: $1,096,000.


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1601165 Gary


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Phase delayed to 2020.

City-wide Warning & Regulatory Sign Replacement

HSIP

DELETE Phase. Chicago CN 201 9 $ 500,000 $ 450,000 $ 50,000 UA


Federal

Funds

DES

Sponsor

Project

Action Requested

Funds

Phase

Year

Total

Federal

Non-Federal


1173427 Crown Point

Drainage Improvement: Broadway (SR 53) at l01st Ave

STBG I

DELETE Phase. Chicago RW 2017 $ 250,000 $ 200,000 $ 50,000 UA

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Phase delayed ta 2021. CN delayed to 2023. Cost to complete: $1,620,519.



1601145 Hammond

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Marquette Greenway Trail (MQGW-HA2016) from State St at Rabin Plaza to Toll Road overpass at Kosciusko St)


CMAQ

DELETE Phase. Chicago RW 201 9 $ 450,000 $ 360,000 $ 90,000 UA

Phase delayed to 2020. CN in 2021. Cost to complete: $1,950,000.


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Colorado St Access HSIP

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1401034 Hobart Management/Line of Sight DELETE Phase. Chicago CN 2019 $ 816,500 $ 734,850 $ 81,650 Correction near US 30. UA

Phase delayed to 2021 .


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Environmental Mitigation: Deep TAP

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1592275 Hobart River Stormwater Outfall and DELETE Phase. Chicago CN 2020 $ 308,100 $ 246,480 $ 61,620 BMP. UA

Phase delayed to 2020.


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1 173429 Lake Station


Intersection Improvements: Central Ave @ Fairview

STBG I RW 201 8 $ 747,200 $ 225,000 $ 522,200

DELETE Phases. Chicago

UA CN 201 9 $ 2,320,000 $ 2,088,000 $ 232,000


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RW delayed to 2022. CN delayed to 2023.


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Construct Pennsy Greenway Trail

1 173707 Munster from Fisher St at Timrick Dr to DELETE Phase.

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Calumet Ave north of 45th St Phase delayed to 2020. Length: 1.0 miles.

FHWA CMAQ

(Lake Porter)


CN 201 8 $ 693,800 $ 555,040 $ 138,760

City-wide Traffic Signal FHWA PE 2018 $ 70,000 $ 56,000 $ 14,000

1 173716 Portage

Interconnect System; Intersection

DELETE Phase.

CMAQ

Improvements ( l location) & (Lake

Central Ave Median CN. Porter) CN 2019 $ 700,000 $ 560,000 $ 140,000


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Project cancelled. Please eliminate from SPMS.


Federal

Funds

DES

Sponsor

Project

Action Requested

Funds

Phase

Year

Total

Federal

Non-Federal

Construct Marquette Greenway TAP

1500418 Portage along Ameriplex Drive from SR DELETE Phase. Chicago CN 2017 $ 1,869,450 $ 1,495,560 $ 373,890 249 east to Salt Creek. UA


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Dela yed to 2021 .


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Central Ave Reconstruction 1173430 Portage (County Line Rd to Willowcreek

Delete Phase & Change Fund Type

STBG I

Chicago CN 201 9 $ 1,869,450 $ 1,495,560 $ 373,890

Rd UA

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Delayed to 2021 . Fund type changed from PYB to STBG I.


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Calumet Trail Rehab, Pl & P2 TAP

1173594 Porter County (from Mineral Springs Rd to SR DELETE Phase. Chicago CN 201 9 $ 1,869,450 $ 1,495,560 $ 373,890

49) UA

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Delayed to 2022. Length: 1 .4 miles.


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1500419 Porter County

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Construct Calumet Trail V from Broadway in Beverly Shores to US 12 at LaPorte/Porter County Line.

TAP

DELETE Phase. Chicago PE 2017 $ 250,000 $ 200,000 $ 50,000 UA

PE delayed to 2022. CN delayed to 2024. Cost to Com plete: $2.0 million. Length: 3.3 miles.


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Kennedy Ave at Junction St. South STBG I

1 173760 Schererville to 67th St. and then South to US DELETE Phase. Chicago CN 201 9 $ 5,258,090 $ 4,206,472 $ 1,051,61 8

30. UA

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CN delayed to 2020.


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Silhavy Rd Roundabout at

STBG I

1382601 Valparaiso DELETE Phase. Chicago CN 2019 $ 3,587,600 $ 2,870,808 $ 716,792 LaPorte Ave.

UA

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CN delayed to 2022.