East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) released the draft FY 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the related Air Quality Conformity Determination & Documentation (AQCD) on June 30, 2020. EWG is now accepting comments from the public on these draft documents until August 5, 2020. The TIP and AQCD will be presented to EWG’s Board of Directors for approval on August 26, 2020. The following fact sheet provides background on EWG, the TIP, and the AQCD.
EWG will accept comments June 30, 2020 through August 5, 2020.
Draft FY 2021-2024 TIP
The TIP is a four-year schedule of transportation projects planned by various agencies in the St. Louis region. Agencies include Bi-State Development/Metro, Madison County Transit District, local public agencies using federal transportation funds, and the Missouri Department of Transportation. The Illinois Department of Transportation program has not been released by the Governor and is not included in the draft TIP. Federal legislation requires that EWG prepare and approve the TIP for federal funds to be used on these projects. The TIP must be fiscally constrained and is the short-range component of the St. Louis region’s long-range transportation plan, Connected2045.
The draft FY 2021-2024 TIP is a listing of federally funded transportation projects scheduled to be funded during the four fiscal years beginning October 1, 2020 and ending September 30, 2024. There are 660 projects included in the draft FY 2021-2024 TIP at a cost of $2.02 billion.
A listing of projects is included in Appendix B of the TIP (maps showing project locations by ID # are here). A summary of the TIP is available here. Of the 660 projects, 101 are new projects and 559 are projects carried over or reprogrammed from the prior year’s TIP.
Draft FY 2021-2024 AQCD
The AQCD ensures that the programs and activities proposed in long-range transportation plans and associated TIPs conform to the purpose of air quality State Implementation Plans, which set out benchmarks against which progress is measured in meeting national goals for cleaner and healthier air. The transportation conformity finding relates to those precursor pollutants produced by automobiles and other on-road transportation, generally described as “mobile source emissions.” More information about air quality conformity can be found on EWG’s air quality conformity page. A summary of the AQCD is available here.
Draft Section 5307 Program of Projects
The Federal Transit Administration requires that projects supported by Section 5307 funds be provided in a separate list. Bi-State Development/Metro and the Madison County Transit District’s Section 5307 projects in the draft FY 2021-2024 TIP are listed in the Section 5307 Program of Projects (POP). Section 5307 funds are available to Bi-State Development/Metro and Madison County Transit District for transit capital and transportation-related planning.
We encourage you to review and comment on the Section 5307 POP. Be sure the subject line remains “Section 5307 Comments.”
Other Ways to Get Involved
Attend a Virtual Open House
In addition to providing your comments via email, we encourage you to attend one of two virtual open houses on the TIP and AQCD. The virtual open houses will be held:
- Tuesday, July 14, 2020 – 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM
- Thursday, July 23, 2020 – 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM
There will be a short presentation on the TIP and AQCD followed by question/answer on the documents. The virtual open house will use GoToWebinar software. Registration is required to attend. To register for an open house click on the button below for the virtual open house you’d like to attend.
Questions and requests for an accommodation for an open house should be submitted to EWG at firstname.lastname@example.org. A request for an accommodation should be submitted to EWG at least 48 business hours prior to an open house.
How to Comment
A listing of projects grouped by sponsoring organization is available below. To view information about a specific project, please click on the project sponsor, then on the project title. Project information and a link to comment will appear on the right side.
Mail Us Your Comments
You can submit comments on the draft TIP, AQCD, and POP by mail to:
East-West Gateway Council of Governments
1 S. Memorial Drive, Suite 1600
St. Louis, MO 63102
Comments must be submitted or postmarked by August 5, 2020.