East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) released the draft FY 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the related Air Quality Conformity Determination & Documentation (AQCD) on June 28, 2019. EWG is now accepting comments from the public on these draft documents until August 5, 2019. The TIP and AQCD will be presented to EWG’s Board of Directors for approval on August 28, 2019.
EWG will accept comments June 28, 2019 through August 5, 2019.
Draft FY 2020-2023 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. To find out more about the TIP, review EWG’s TIP FAQs brochure.
The draft FY 2020-2023 TIP is a listing of federally funded transportation projects scheduled to be funded during the four fiscal years beginning October 1, 2019 and ending September 30, 2023. There are 719 projects included in the draft FY 2020-2023 TIP at a cost of $2.44 billion. A summary of the TIP is available here. Of these, 193 are new projects and 526 are projects carried over or reprogrammed from the prior year’s TIP. We encourage you to review and comment on new projects, reprogrammed projects, or provide general comments. Be sure the subject line remains “TIP Comments.”
Draft FY 2020-2023 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 2020-2023 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 an Open House
In addition to providing your comments via email, we encourage you to attend one of the five open houses that we are holding throughout the St. Louis region between July 9, 2019 and July 30, 2019. You can also download a list of open house locations, dates and times. The open houses will be in a drop-in format, with no set agenda; just arrive at any time during the two-hour window. You will be able to view the draft TIP, AQCD, Section 5307 POP, project location maps, and other available information, and share your comments and questions with EWG, Department of Transportation, and public transit staff.
Questions and requests for an accommodation for an open house should be submitted to EWG at firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 421.4220 or (618) 274.2750. A request for an accommodation should be submitted to EWG at least 48 business hours prior to an open house.
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, 2019.
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.