The United States Code of Federal Regulations outlines the requirement for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to publish an annual listing of obligated projects for which federal funds have been given in the preceding year.
In metropolitan planning areas, on an annual basis, no later than 90 calendar days following the end of the program year, the State, public transportation operator(s), and the MPO shall cooperatively develop a listing of projects (including investments in pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities) for which funds under 23 U.S.C. or 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53 were obligated in the preceding program year. (23 C.F.R. § 450.334 2016)
This report is published in response to the aforementioned criteria by listing all federally funded transportation projects in the MPO’s metropolitan planning area that were obligated during the state fiscal year (FY) 2021 from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. The word “obligated” refers to the federal government’s financial commitment to pay or reimburse the lead agency for the federal share of a project’s cost. Obligation in no way refers to the expenditure or project completion; but only that the specific project has been marked and approved for federal reimbursement.
This documentation provides increased transparency of government transportation spending to state and local officials as well as the general public. The tables below reflect the surface transportation projects and the transit projects which were obligated federal funding during FY 2021 in the metropolitan planning area (MPA). For each surface transportation project, the earliest authorization date, project ID number, agency responsible, project description, federal funding source, amount of federal funds obligated, amount of federal funds requested in the local Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and federal funds remaining for the project are included. For each transit project, the award date, project type, project description, authorizing statute, and amount of federal funds authorized are included. The map below reflects the five surface transportation projects with locations that are able to be mapped.
This report indicates that $2,532,923.93 in federal funds were obligated for surface transportation projects in the region in FY 2021. The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District reported $9,404,677.00 in authorized federal funds for transit projects in FY 2021.
As a result of the 1962 Federal-Aid Highway Act, the Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study (CUUATS) was created in 1964 to administer the area’s continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive (3C) transportation planning process. In order to assure that comprehensive regional planning efforts were achieved, the Governor of the State of Illinois designated the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (including CUUATS as a constitutive agency) as the area’s MPO in March 1974. CUUATS is the regional transportation entity for the City of Champaign, City of Urbana, Village of Savoy, Village of Mahomet, Village of Tolono, and Village of Bondville.
CUUATS Member Agencies and Structure
CUUATS is comprised of the following eight member agencies, which all have voting power: the Cities of Champaign and Urbana, Village of Savoy, Champaign County, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD), Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, and the Illinois Department of Transportation.
CUUATS operates under the principal direction of a Technical Committee and a Policy Committee. In its organizational structure, the Technical Committee acts as a working group under the direction of the Policy Committee. The Technical Committee is comprised of technical staff members from all CUUATS participating agencies who perform analyses and make recommendations concerning transportation issues to the Policy Committee. The Policy Committee is comprised of local elected and appointed officials of those agencies that have a primary interest in transportation. The Policy Committee has decision-making authority for CUUATS and establishes policies that guide the MPO’s transportation planning process.
The TIP is a federally mandated product of the on-going transportation planning process for CUUATS. The purpose of the TIP is to document proposed projects at least four fiscal years in advance so that project funding can be secured. Any local project that solicits federal or state monies must be in the TIP in order to receive such funding. With ever-changing project timelines, costs, and consultant availability, the TIP may not always reflect a current picture of actual project expenditures. This listing of federally obligated projects supplements the TIP by documenting actual federal expenditures for projects in the metropolitan planning area during the previous fiscal year. The TIP FY 2020-2025 is updated on an ongoing basis and is available to the public online.
The LRTP is a federally mandated document that is updated every five years and details how the urbanized area transportation system will evolve over the next 25 years. The LRTP goes hand in hand with this listing of federally obligated projects that, along with the TIP, track how local transportation investments are working toward short and long range transportation goals and objectives in the region. The LRTP 2045 was approved in 2019 and is available to the public online.
Since its inception in 1964, CUUATS has been actively committed to involving the public in its planning process. Mailers, public notices, and frequently updated websites are all methods commonly utilized to keep the public informed of projects, documents, and public meetings. The CUUATS Public Participation Plan was approved in 2019 and is available to the public online.