ODOT annually sub-allocates Federal transportation funding via the MPO and Large Cities Capital Program. In 2012, Congress adopted the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). This law reauthorized the Surface Transportation Program (STP) and the Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ). It also created the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). A portion of the STP and TAP program funds are allocated to MORPC by MAP-21. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) also sub-allocates a small amount of their portion of these funds to MORPC. Additionally, ODOT has historically sub-allocated CMAQ funds to MORPC. STP funds can be used for almost any surface transportation project or program. CMAQ funds must be used for projects or programs that will reduce emissions of transportation-related pollutants. TAP funds are generally used for pedestrian and bicycling projects or programs.
Every two years, MORPC reviews the project selection process adopts the process for the upcoming cycle. This was completed in May 2012 with the adoption of the following:
During the summer of 2012 MORPC invited public agencies to apply for these funds, which they can use for transportation projects and programs located in Franklin County, Delaware County, the City of Pataskala and Etna Township in Licking County, and the City of Pickerington, the villages of Carroll and Lithopolis, and Bloom and Violet townships in Fairfield County. MORPC held a workshop on the MORPC-attributable funding process for project updates and new requests on May 22. The slides presented are available below:
MORPC received 43 Final Applications by the due date of August 31, 2012. The requests total $236 million (in 2012 dollars). MORPC staff and the FFC completed a review and evaluation of the projects from September through November. The FFC approved draft recommendations for MORPC funding on November 20th. A packet of the draft recommendations was available for public review and comment from December 3, 2012, to January 14, 2013. The FFC adjusted its recommendations in response to the comments MORPC received and approved final recommendations to MORPC on January 22nd.
The FFC’s final recommendations were incorporated into Resolution T-1-13 and presented to MORPC’s committees for approval. MORPC’s Policy Committee gave final approval of the resolution and funding commitments on February 14, 2013. More information is available below.
- Press Release: MORPC Approves Over $77 Million For New Transportation Projects
- Resolution T-1-13: Adopting Projects to Use MORPC-Attributable Federal Funding
Project phases in State Fiscal Years (SFY) 2014 through 2017 will become part of the draft Transportation Improvement Program
(TIP) being prepared this spring. The TIP
is a four-year financially balanced listing of federal, state and locally funded projects that are scheduled for some phase of implementation or development in a four-year time period. The SFY 2014-2017 TIP will be adopted in May.
Tentative Schedule for the Next Funding Application Cycle
|Autumn 2013 through Winter 2014||FFC reviews the project selection process and recommends changes|
|Winter 2014||Public review and comment on the proposed project selection process|
|Spring 2014||MORPC approval of project selection process|
|Spring 2014||Call for funding applications|