East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) released the draft fiscal years (FY) 2022-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the related Air Quality Conformity Determination & Documentation (AQCD) on September 10, 2021. EWG is now accepting comments from the public on these draft documents until October 11, 2021. The TIP and AQCD will be presented to EWG’s Board of Directors for approval on October 27, 2021. The following fact sheet provides background on EWG, the TIP, and the AQCD.
Draft FY 2022-2025 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, Illinois Department of Transportation, Madison County Transit District, local public agencies using federal transportation funds, and the Missouri Department of Transportation. 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 2022-2025 TIP is a listing of federally funded transportation projects scheduled to be funded during the four fiscal years beginning October 1, 2021 and ending September 30, 2025. There are 896 projects included in the draft FY 2022-2025 TIP at a cost of $4.07 billion.
A listing of projects is included in Appendix B of the TIP. Of the 896 projects, 263 are new projects and 633 are projects carried over or reprogrammed from the prior year’s TIP.
Draft FY 2022-2025 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.
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 2022-2025 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.”
Public Comment and Summary
A summary of the TIP and AQCD is available below. Also included is a recording of the summary. The recording includes details on how to provide comments on the documents. Throughout the comment period, staff will accept comments and questions on the documents.
Comments must be submitted by October 11, 2021.
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 October 11, 2021.