The Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments is an association of local governments that is committed to identifying, securing, and coordinating local, regional, and federal government projects and programs for the enhancement of our region and member communities.
Required Plans and Programs
The MPO administers two federal programs that are passed through the Iowa DOT: The Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program, and Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). STBG provides flexible funding that may be used on any Federal-aid highway, bridge projects on any public road, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and transit capital projects. TAP funds are used to support on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The MPO participates in Iowa’s swap program which allows jurisdictions to swap federal STBG funding for state Primary Road Fund dollars. Recent roadway projects funded through STBG include River Forest Rd. in Evansdale, and Greenhill Rd. extension in Cedar Falls.
The MPO receives approximately $3.9 million in STBG funds annually, and another $400,000 in TAP funds, both of which are programmed towards transportation projects within the MPO. The process begins with the solicitation of STBG and TAP projects. The Technical Committee prioritizes STBG projects by considering the ability to meet the goals of the current Long-Range Transportation Plan. TAP projects are ranked and programmed using a project comparison process.
STBG and TAP projects recommended for funding are incorporated into the draft TIP, distributed to the MPO Policy Board for review, and taken out for public comment. Comments are incorporated into the final document and presented to the MPO Policy Board for adoption.