Draft Policies for Allocating MORPC–Attributable Transportation Funding Available for Review and Comment

January 12, 2018

Every two years the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) seeks projects to use MORPC-attributable transportation funding. Approximately $60 million is awarded to projects every two years in the transportation planning area: Delaware and Franklin counties; Bloom and Violet townships in Fairfield County; Pataskala, New Albany and Etna Township in Licking County; and Jerome Township in Union County.

Prior to requesting funding applications, MORPC reviews, revises as necessary, and readopts the Policies for Managing MORPC-Attributable Funds. The document describes the process for local governments to apply for MORPC-attributable transportation funds and for MORPC to select projects to receive a commitment of funds.

Over the last several months, MORPC convened the Attributable Funds Committee to review and update the Policies. The document includes a schedule, eligibility requirements, application requirements, evaluation criteria, procedures for ranking and selecting projects for funding, requirements for sponsors receiving a funding commitment, and other policies for managing the funding program.

“One change from the current policy is the assignment of three levels of priority among the criteria of each goal. The Committee also recommended setting aside 25 percent of funds in the fifth and sixth years in order to provide more flexibility in future cycles to fund fast-developing projects and address increased cost estimates.”
Nick Gill, MORPC Assistant Director of Transportation Systems and Funding.

The draft Policies are available for public review and comment on the MORPC website at www.morpc.org/funding. MORPC will be accepting public comments on the policies from January 12 through February 12. Comments may be submitted via email to tip@morpc.org or in writing to Thea J. Walsh, Director of Transportation Systems & Funding, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, OH, 43215-5222. The Transportation Policy Committee is scheduled to consider adopting the policies on April 12, 2018. For more information, contact Nick Gill at 614.233.4151.

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