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Envision HOI Long Range Transportation Plan

What is the Long Range Transportation Plan?

The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is an important document that serves as a guide for the future development and maintenance of the Peoria-Pekin Urbanized Area transportation system.  The document covers a 25-year period and identifies current and future needs based on population projections and travel demand. The plan is updated every five years to reflect the changing dynamics of the region. Projects must be included in the long range plan to receive federal funding.

The last LRTP update, the 2035 LRTP, was approved by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Governing Board in March 2010.  The MPO has begun the planning process for the 2040 plan, Envision HOI: The Heart of Illinois Long Range Transporation Plan.  This update will be adopted by the MPO in March 2015.

What is Included in the LRTP?

Envision HOI: Heart of Illinois Long Range Transportation Plan will consider the following transportation modes:

  • Transit
  • Freight
  • Highway transportation
  • Non-motorized transportation, or pedestrian and bicycle improvements
  • Air
  • Rail
  • Water

Additionally, the LRTP will consider how our transportation system affects business logistics, obesity rates, air quality, cost of living, and access to police, fire, and medical help.

Most importantly, the LRTP includes all transportation projects that our urbanized area intends to build within the next 25 years.  A project can not receive federal funding if it is not included in the LRTP.

Who is Involved in the LRTP Planning Process?

As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Peoria-Pekin Urbanized Area, the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC) is the lead agency responsible for developing and maintaining the region's LRTP.  Staff will be working hard to complete the planning process by March 2015.  

In addition to TCRPC staff, the LRTP planning process is led by a Technical Advisory Committee.  The Technical Advisory Committee is responsible for developing goals and objectives for the plan, as well as prioritizing projects for inclusion in the plan.  This committee will also provide technical expertise for the various transportation subjects included in the plan.  The Technical Advisory Committee is made up of a diverse group of representatives from the region.  These entities include:

  • Illinois Department of Transportation
  • Peoria County
  • City of Pekin
  • Village of Morton
  • Bike Peoria
  • FocusForward Central Illinois
  • Economic Development Council
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Peoria County Rural Transit
  • ADA Advisory Committee/Paratransit Advocate
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Greater Peoria Mass Transit District
  • City of Peoria
  • Woodford County
  • Greater Peoria Airport
  • League of Illinois Bicyclists

If you or someone you know would like to be involved with the Technical Advisory Committee, please contact Katy Shackelford at kshackelford@tricountyrpc.org.

Finally, and most importantly, the general public is encouraged to participate in our planning process.  Head over to our "Get Involved" page to see how you can be a part of planning for the future of our transportation system.

The Long Range Transportation Plan would be meaningless without the involvement of the public.  Who better to tell us where our challenges and triumphs lie than our users?  During the Envision HOI planning process, we aim to get the public involved in several ways.  Listed below are descriptions of our primary public involvement activities.

Public Review Sites

Now that a draft of the document is complete, the public has a chance to review it in full.  This can be done electronically by accessing our document on-line, or in-person, by visiting one of 36 public review sites across the region.  Each review site has a paper copy of the plan available.  Comment sheets are also available for your suggestions and remarks.  Click here to see a list of the review sites.  The plan will be available at these locations from January 16 - February 16, 2015.

Mindmixer

Mindmixer takes the rules of the traditional town hall meeting and modernizes them.  People that can and do attend public meetings often times are not reflective of the community at whole.  This website allows individuals to come together to identify issues and solve problems.  The platform broadens the engagement audience and gives a voice to people who didn’t have a voice before.  The results are much more reflective of the community as a whole because more people can access the internet than can attend meetings.  Please visit EnvisionHOI.mindmixer.com or the Mindmixer page on our website to join the conversation!

Information Kiosks

We will be setting up information kiosks at local events to solicit feedback, distribute surveys, and gather ideas. This is a great opportunity to reach a large number of people in the community in a casual atmosphere that is approachable and inviting. Check back soon to see a list of events where we will be present.

Focus Groups

Through our initial round of committee meetings and surveys, we hope to identify some main themes.  These themes will then be used as topics for focus groups where we will invite experts, advocates, and the public to join for round table discussions of issues related to our most critical topics. Once we identify these issues, we will be reaching out to you for suggestions of individuals whose presence at a focus group session would be beneficial. Depending on the topic, complexity of the issues,  and the participants, these groups may meet once or multiple times.

Upcoming Focus Groups include:

  • Environment: November 10, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • People with Disabilities:  November 13, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Human Powered Transportation: November 17, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Key Stakeholder Interviews

Stakeholder interviews are an effective strategy  to gather information, identify specific triumphs and challenges, and build relationships across silos.  We will be conducting interviews with individuals who have specific knowledge or information crucial to making our region’s transportation system thrive.  We will also talk to individuals who are most affected by changes to our roads, rails, waterways, airports, and transit systems.  

Open House

The Open House is designed to gather public input on how our transportation system can be improved in the future.  Attendees will have the chance to learn more about the transportation planning process, provide input via our online engagement platform, and prioritize various transportation projects submitted by regional municipalities.  

There will be two Open House events.  Please attend one of the following:

Tuesday November 18                                        Thursday November 20
Five Points Washington                                       Gateway Building – Peoria Riverfront
360 N. Wilmor Rd. - Washington                        200 NE Water St. - Peoria
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm                                                5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

For more information about the LRTP Open House events, please contact Nick Hayward of TCRPC at nhayward@tricountyrpc.org or 309-673-9330. And, feel free to pass along the linked flyer to your friends and colleagues.

 

"New online community generates transportation ideas," August 5, 2014, Peoria Public Radio

"Word on the Street: Travel of the Future," October 26, 2014, Peoria Journal Star

"Word on the Street: Speaking up," November 9, 2014, Peoria Journal Star

"Your Opinion on Road Conditions and Travel Options in Peoria are Needed," November 18, 2014, WMBD 31/CiProud

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

456 Fulton Street
Suite 401
Peoria, IL 61602

Phone: 309.673.9330
Fax: 309.673.9802