Lake, Porter,and La Porte Counties, Indiana for

State Fiscal Years 2018-2021

May 18, 2017

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: Northwestern Indiana

Region al Planning Commission

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Portage, Indiana 46368-6409 Fax (219) 762-1653



Northwestern Indiana

Regional Planning Commission

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

for 2018-2021

Ta ble of Con te n ts

  1. Introduction 1

    About NIRPC 1

    Basic Federal Requirements for TIP's 4

    Organization of the TIP Document 6

    List of Appendices 6

  2. TIP Development & Project Selection Processes 8

Implementation of Performance-Based Planning 8

MPO Planning Process 12

2015 Committee Structure Revisions 12

Tech nical Planning Committee , 13

Topical Committees 13

Transportation Resource Oversight 14

MPO Planning Area 15

Urbanized Areas & Federal Funds 16

Major Projects Implemented from Prior TIP 19

TIP Development Process 19

Consolidated NOFA 2015-1Solicitation 21

Public Transit Project Solicitation 29

Revised Committee Structure 52

Ill. Program of Projects and Related Information 72

Introduction and Summary 72

Page Numbering/Printing the List 72

Contacting NIRPC 72

Using the List: Types of Federal Funds 73

Using the List: Column Headings 73

Lists of Projects Begins Following Page 75


Appendix A: Official Actions and Compliance.

NIRPC Board Resolutions: 1) Adopting the Conformity Determination, 2) Adopting Amendment #4 to the previously updated 2040 Transportation Plan,and 3) Adopting the 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and authorizing execution of the Planning Self-Certification. This appendix will be included in only the final (published) version of the TIP.

Appendix B: Public Involvement. This appendix will be included in only the final (published) version of the TIP.

Appendix C: Conformity Determination. This appendix will be included in only the final {published) version of the TIP.

Appendix D: TIP Financial Plan.

Appendix E: Prior Project Selection Processes. This appendix will be included in only the final {published) version of the TIP. Includes only our NOFA 2014-1 (TAP) and NOFA 2014-2 (HSIP,CMAQ, STBG 2).

Appendix F: NIRPC Commissioners, TPC Contact/Membershi p Lists, and Transit Operators. This appendix will be included in only the final (published) version of the TIP.

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

Part I: Introduction

A Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP, is a short-range financial and spending plan for the utilization of U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) surface transportation funds. These funds, identified later in this document, are used for highway, trans it,and non-motorized transportation projects. NIRPC's TIP is updated every other year and includes projects undertaken by municipalities, counties, trans it operators, and the State of Indiana. Federal {U.S. DOT) planning regulations guide the preparation and development of TIP documents.

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

The TIP process is designed to ensure the implementation of the goa ls and objectives identified in NIRPC's Regional Transportation Plan.

NIRPC's Regional Transportation Plan is the Transportat ion Section of the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan (CRP), adopted in June 2011, and as amended and updated (most recently) in May 2016.


NIRPC was originally established as the Lake-Porter County Regional Transportation and Planning Commission in 1965, pursuant to an act of the Indiana General Assembly. An amendment to this legislation in 1973 provided the Commission with its current name and allowed for the addition of new member counties. La Porte County joined NIRPC in 1979. The most recent major change to NIRPC's authorizing legislation occurred in 2003-which established NIRPC as a council of governments.



NIRPC is a regional council of local governments serving the citizens of Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties in Northwest Indiana. The entire three-county area is part of the U.S. Census Bureau1s Chicago Metropolitan Statistical Area {MSA}. Northern Lake and Porter Counties are a part of the Chicago, IL/IN urba nized area. The northwest corner of LaPorte County is part of the Michigan City-LaPorte, IN/Ml urbanized area. NIRPC provides a forum that enables the citizens of Northwest Indiana to address regional issues relating to transportation, the environment and community, and economic development. For transportation planning, NIRPC has been named as the Metropolitan Planning Organization {MPO} for the Indiana portion of both urbanized areas.





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Air Quality: The TIPshall demonstrate conformity with the State Implementation Plan {SIP}. Appendix C contains the current air quality conformity determination.


Organization of the TIP Document

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

Part II: TIP Development and Project Selection Processes. This chapter co ntains a description of the MPO planning process, genera l guidelines we followed in soliciting and selecting local projects with federa l funds that are assigned to us by INDOT or FTA, and a brief description of INDOT's project se lect ion processes.

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

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

Part Ill: Program of Projects and Related Information. This chapter begins with a summary explanat ion of the actual list of projects, including tabular and gra phic information. This is followed by a key to interpreting the information in the tables and where to go to get additional information.


Appendix A: Official Actions and Compliance. This appendix contains the NIRPC Board resolutions adopting the Conform ity DeterminJtion, Pinn,tind TIP. The final published vers ion also contains the planning process self­ certification document.

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


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

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

Appendix D: Financial Plan. This document provides summary financial information regarding projected federal surface transportation funds for all projects in the TIP. The Financial Plan will be issued with the final, (published) version of the TIP.

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

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


Part II:TIP Development and Project Selection Processes Implementation of Performance-Based Planning

The current transportation policy, Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act {FAST) Act, was signed into law on December 4, 2015. The FAST Act, a long with its predecessor, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act {MAP-21), established new requirements for performance manageme nt to ensure the most efficient investment of Federal transportation funds. States will invest resources in projects to achieve individual targets that collectively will make progress toward the national goa ls.

Nationa l performance goals for Federal Highway programs:


process, including reducing regulatory burdens and improving agencies' work practices.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued new transportation planning rules on the statewide and metropolitan transportation planning processes to reflect the use of a performance based approach to decision-making in support of the national goals. These processes must document in writing how the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT} and providers of public transportation shall jointly agree to cooperatively develop and share information related to transportation performance data, the selection of performance targets, the reporting of performance to be used in tracking progress toward attainment of critical outcomes for the region of the MPO (see 23 CFR 450.306(d)) and the collection of data for the INDOT asset management plan for the National Highway System specified in in 23 CFR 4S0.314(h) .

FTA has performance measures for Transit Asset Management, and final regulations are published and in effect. FHWA has performance measures and final regulations published for Safety, Bridge and Pavement Conditions, Congestion Reduction and System Reliability, but only the Safety Performance Measure regulation is in effect at this time.

INDOT along with the MPOs and FHWA will continue to collaborate to identify Performance Targets for each Performance Measure. Once Performance Targets are established, the Transportation Improvement Program {TlP) and Statewide Transportation Improvement Program {STIP) will be modified to reflect this information.

For FHWA and FTA to approve any TIP amendments after May 27,2018, the INDOT, MPOs and Public Transit Operators must reflect this information and describe how projects in the TIP/STIP, to the maximum extent practicable, achieve the Federally required performance targets identified in the Statewide and Metropolitan Transportation Plans, linking investment priorities to these performance targets.



The INDOT, the MPOs, FHWA, and Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) are actively discussing and collaborating on the Safety Performance Measures a nd Safety Performance Targets. INDOT will submit their Safety Performance Measures by August 31, 2017, and the MPOs will have until February 27, 2018 to follow INDOT's submission to either support the INDOT Safety Targets or set independent targets. The Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) is a primary source of federa l funds for qualifying safety improvement projects. HSIP along with other funding sources are used to implement safety improvements with the purpose to reduce roadway crashes, and a corresponding reduction in fatalities and ser ious injuries on all public roads. The five specific safety performance measures are:

  1. Number of fatalities;

  2. Rate of fatalities;

  3. Number of serious injuries;

  4. Rate of serious injuries; and

  5. Number of non-motorized fatalities and non-motorized serious injuries

    If FHWA makes effective the rules they have published for assessing pavement and bridge condition for the National Highway Performance Program and performance of the National Highway System (NHS), freight movement on the Interstate System and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) improvement program, INDOT and the MPOs will have to establish performance targets for these measures, too.

    Pavement and Bridge

    The pavement and bridge condition performance measures are applicblP. to the Interstate and non-Interstate Highways that comprise the National Highway System (NHS). The NHS includes the Interstate Highway System as well as other roads important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility. The measures are focused on the condition of pavement and bridges, including ramps utilized to access the system . There are four


    measures to assess pavement condition and two measures for assessing bridge condition.

    Pavement Performance Measures

    1. Percentage of pavements of the Interstate System in Good condition

2) Percentage of pavements of the Interstate System in Poor condition

  1. Percentage of pavements of the non-Interstate NHS in Good condition

  2. Percentage of pavements of the non-interstate NHS in Poor condition

Bridge Performance Measures

  1. Percentage of NHS bridges classified as in Good condition

  2. Percentage of NHS bridges classified as in Poor condition

The INDOT, the MPO and FHWA will collectively develop targets for the pavement and bridge performance measures. The National Highway Performance Program is a core Federal-aid highway program that provides financial support to improve the condition and performance of the NHS, and the construction of new NHS facilities. INDOT utilizes these funds for maintenance activities on the NHS.

System Performance

The system performance measures are also applicable to the Interstate and non-Interstate NHS. These performance measures assess system reliability and freight movement, and establish several measures for on-road mobile source emissions consistent with the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program. There are two measures for assessing reliability, one measure to assess freight movement, and three measures for the CMAQ program.


Reliability Performance Measures

  1. Percent of the Person-Miles Traveled on the Interstate System That Are Reliable

  2. Percent of Person-Miles Traveled on the Non-Interstate NHS That

Are Reliable

Freight Movement Performance Measure

1) Truck Travel Time Reliability {TTTR) Index CMAQ Measures

  1. Annual Hours of Peak-Hour Excessive Delay Per Capita Percent of

    Non-SOV Travel

  2. Percent Change in Tailpipe C02 Emissions on the NHS Compared to the Calendar Year 2017 Level

  3. Total Emissions Reductions

MPO Planning Process


The NIRPC Board of Commissioners is the final decision-maki ng body of the MPO. Transportation-related decisions made at the Board level almost always originate at a lower level in NIRPC's committee structure1

NIRPC 2016 Committee Structure Revisions.

A revised committee structure was adopted by the NIRPC Board in May

2015. These cha nges were implemented beginning in.the fallof 2016. A full de!>cr ifJ Liur1 or each committee, together with its purpose, function, membership, and meeting frequency is found later in this Part II.


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


Committees that perform a duty or function relative to the transportation planning process are either described or summarized following.

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

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


Duties vary by committee, but each is charged with advising NIRPC on

matters that are pertinent to the specific topical committee. Each are a·lso responsible for developing federal-aid project selection criteria and recommending transportation projects for transportation funding.

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



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

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


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

Congress appropriates several types of Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation annually to both states (primarily highway­ oriented funds) and urbanized areas (primarily transit funds). MPO's have the responsibility of allocating these funds to specific transportation projects. NIRPC oversees a number of locally adopted project selection processes, as described below, that involve stakeholder participation in the development of the selection system and in the selection of local projects recommended for inclusion in the TIP. INDOT maintains a parallel system of project selection for improvements to its own roadways.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

FTA Section 5337 State of Good Repair Program (Existing Commuter Rail}. These are FTA formula funds that are used by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NfCTD) for improvements to the commuter rail facilities all along NICTD's rail corridor. Chicago Urbanized Area SGR funds are divided between Illinois and Indiana under an agreement with the RTA. NIRPC1s TIP also displays SGR funds allocated to the South Bend Urbanized Area. listed SGR projects may be undertaken in any of five counties, including Lake, Porter, LaPorte, and St Joseph Counties, Indiana, and Cook County, Illinois.

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

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

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

High Pri ority or Demonstrati on Proj ect Funds. The TIP also includes other transportation projects which are selected by Congress (i.e., Demonstration or "High Priority" Projects).

The TIP also includes Regionally Significant transportation projects that involve no federa l funds, and INDOT-selected local projects that are usua lly


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

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

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

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

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

Major Projects Implemented from the Prior TIP.







61n Ave Added Travel Lanes (Arizona to SR 53in Hobart}

93rd Ave Intersection Improvements @ Chase St (Crown Point) 6151 Ave Bridge over Deep River (Hobart)

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

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

T1P Development Process

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


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

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

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

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

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

NIRPC Committee Descriptions. (10 pages)


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

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

Highway Safety mprovement Program (HSIP) Year 2016 Highway Safety mprovement Program {HSIP) Years 2017-2021

$ 0.7 Million

$ 4.1 Million

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

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

Full Application: W ednesday, December 1 6, 201 5


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

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

Eligible Activities

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

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

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

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

Applicants may request supplemental funding for existing HS P-funded projects.


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

Geographic Restrictions by Fund Type

HSIP funds may be used anywhere in the county.

Eligible Applicants

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

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

  2. Northern ndiana Commuter Transportation District (N CTD).

  3. State Agencies,including state assisted public colleges and universities ( U,Purdue, Ivy Tech, etc.).

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

Submission of Letters of Intent/Applications/Deadline

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

Full application s must be transmitted to NIRPC on or prior to W ednesday, December 1 6, 2015.

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

Amanda Pollard aperegrine@ni or at NIRPC,6100 Southport Rd, Portage, N 46368-6409.

Application Form Preparation

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

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

Project Selection Process

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

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


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

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

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

NIRPC Contacts

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

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

Telephone 219.763.6060

Northwestern ndiana Regional Planning Commission 6100 Southport Rd, Portage N 46368-6409 November 10, 2014


Attachment #1 to NOFA 2015-1

November 11, 2015

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

There are two types of eligible projects:

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

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


Any submissions lacking these elements will not be considered during this process.

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

    For the Lake/Porter Urbanized Area,please note that these projects will receive 75% of the total HSIP funds being allocated to this urbanized area.PE will be capped at $1001000, or 10% of the total project cost,whichever is less, and there will be a strict cap of $50,000 in federal funds per project for right-of­ way expenses.

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

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






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;

WHEREAS, the NorthwesternIndiana 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;

WHEREAS, the ndiana 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 SafetyImprovement (HS P), and Transportation Alternative Program (TAP), all of which were authorized under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century law (P.L. 112-141), adopted in 2012;

WHEREAS, Project funding requests were solicited and received from eligible applicants within theIndiana portion of the Chicago IL/IN Urbanized Area for funds available under the Highway Safety mprovement Program (HSIP); and

WHEREAS, The Transportation Policy and Committee reached consensus on a list of projects to receive funding.


NOW,THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Commission endorses and adopts the attached list of new Federal Aid projects to be implemented in 2016-2021.

Duly adopted by the NorthwesternIndiana Regional Planning Commission on this seventeenth day of December, two thousand and fifteen.




Robert J.Sena f



NOFA 2015-1 Limited Solicitation for HSIP Projects

Transportat ion Policy Committee:Recommendations for Funding

December 8. 2015




$ 617.500

Total Available (2017-2021)



$ 3.482.500

Proposed Use of Unallocated 2016 HSIP Funds

Proposed Use of Unallocated 2017-2021 HSIP Funds

Cilywide Traffic Signal Upgrades Regulatory Signs & Pavement Markings

I091h & Randolph Area Pedestrian Crossing


$ 81.000

$ 58,500

$ 70,000

$ 81.000

$ 100,000






HAWK Signal al SRSl & Oak Savannah Trail

Pedestrain Refuge Island. 173rd & Purdue Cal


HAWK Sfgnat at lSOth & Grond Marquette Trail. Douglas & Erie-Lackawanna Trail. 165th & Erie-Lackawanna

$ 100,000

Cedar Lake

Sofe1y Improvements al 133rd Ave alUS41

$ 27.000


Replace Regulatory & Warning Signs

Total Requested:$8,772.200 Federal



Project Name


lake County

RSA on 101sl Ave & Calumet. lOlst & Sheffield, IOlsl &

Slo1e Line, 1091h & Calumet

$ 100.000


Corridor RSAs on Silhavy, CRSOON.Calumet. Campbell, lincolnwoy, CR400N, SR2,US30, Roosevelt Rd, LaPorte Ave, Harrison Blvd

$ 67,500


RSA on Ridge Rd,Grant o Broadway

$ 100,000


RSA on Grant SI,4th AVelo 1-80/94

$ 100.000


RSA on Lake SI,USl2/20lo Lakefront

$ 100.000


I 65 & US30 UPWP Solely Planning Project

$ 250,000

Total Requested


image $ image


Totol Available (2016) 719,681


$ 2,181


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Transit TIP Projects and Selection Criteria

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

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

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

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

Valparaiso V-Line and Valpo Dash

Michigan City-LaPorte UZA Michigan City Transit Transporte

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

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

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

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

The followingsection willoutline a typical project selection process and illustrate how the 2018 projects were or will be selected for inclusion in the FY2016-2019 TIP. The typical process is as follows:


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


apportionment estimate

•identify regional needs and priorities



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

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) proposes to double-track its South Shore commuter rail line irt northern Indiana to allow for expanded peak-hour service that will relieve current crowding. The project includes double-tracking along a 24 mile-segment of the line between Gary and Michigan City,and platform upgrades at five stations. Two miles of the project corridor are in Michigan City, where the project includes construction of ah exclusive two-mile right-of-way to replace the current street-running segment. These upgrades will allow NICTD to increase peak-hour capacity without procuring additional rolling stock.







November 14, 2016

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission is conducting a solicitation for public transit projects to receive federal funds under the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307, Section 5339 and Section 5337. This solicitationis targeted to existing public transit operators in Lake and Porter Counties. The Section 5337 solicitation is targeted to the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District,the only commuter rail operator eligible in the Lake -

Porter urbanized area. The solicitation is limited to new projects for Federal Fiscal Years 2018, 2019, 2020

and 2021.

NOTE: New providers, or potential new providers, must contact NIRPC to determine eligibility, financial feasibility and sustainability. Approving new providers is a long-term process. Early contact with NIRPC is required.

Applications are due at NIRPC by Thursday, December 30, 2016.

An application form (Attachment 1) must be completed for each proposed new project and/or ongoing operating, capital,planning,and maintenance needs.

Contact: Please submit your project application(s) to James Winters at rwi nl or mail to NIRPC,

6100 Southport Road,Portage, IN. 46368.

l:lig1ble act1v1bes include operating, capital and planning projects designed to support, maintain, and improve the Lake and Porter Counties' public transit systems, including fixed route bus, complementary paratransft, demand response transit, commuter bus,and commuter rail.

Project Selection

Transit projects will be selected using the Project Selection Criteria developed in conjunction with the adopted 7040 Comp rehensive Regfonal Plan for Northwest Indi ana (CRP). The Plan's Goals and Objectives are included as Attachment 2.


Applfcants will self-score projects usingthe methodologies identified in the Project Selection Criteria, Attachment 3. Support documentation as noted on the Project Application rnust be submitted with the application(s). Staff will review and confirm scores. Discrepancies will be resolved by the Transit Operators' Round Table.

Federal Financial Projections

For TIP financial constraint purposes, the following projections will be used;

Base amount - FY 2017 $11,500,000

Projected Annual Increase of 2%

FFY 2018 - $11,730,000

FFY 2019 - $11,964,600 FFY 2020 - $12,203,892 FFY 2021 - $12,447,970


FFY 2018-2021 TIP

Release of Solicitation Application: Project Submission Deadline: Transit Operators Review

TPC Approves for Public Comment

Public Re\/iew Period NIRPC Board Approves TIP


November 9, 2016

December 30, 2016

Jan.-Feb, 2017


March-April, 2017

May, 2017



Federal Fiscal Year 2018-2021TIP


Public Transit Operator: Contact Name:

Contact Address:

Phone Number:


Federal Fiscal Y ear:

Project Description:(Attach separate sheet as needed.)

Par vehicle replacements, include schedule of replacements

For allothers,include sufficient detail to inform ''general public reader".

List Crlterla Project Addresses and Score:


FEDERAL image image image

$ $ $ s


Source ot Local Match:


Project Start and End Dates:



2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan

2040 CRP Vision Statement I Goals & Objectives Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

2040 CRP Vision Statement

Stretching from the treasured shores of Lake Michigan to the historic banks of the Kankakee River and committed to an ethic of sustainability:

A vibrant region -Our economy is thriving, our people are well educated, growth lsplanned on,d natural and rural areas are valued and protected;

A revitalized region -Urban areas are renewed and our environment is clean;

An accessible region -Ourpeople are connected to each other and to equal opportunities for working, pla ying, living, and learning;

A united region -Celebrating our diversity, we work together as a community across racial, ethnic, po/;tical, and cultural linesfor the good of the region.

2040 CRP Goals and Objectives:

( "' Indicates transit-supportive policy)

Vision Theme: Vibrant Region - thriving economy

Vision Theme: Revitalized Region - clean environment