A 30-day public comment period for Amendment 2 to the 2019 TIP begins Monday, November 11, 2019 and concludes on
Tuesday, December 10, 2019. A public hearing to consider the changes and any
received comments is scheduled for Wednesday December 11, 2019, beginning at 4:30
PM at the RPC Offices (156 Water Street, Exeter).
Planning Commission Executive Committee will met after the public hearing and adopted the
changes to the TIP. Amendment #2 considers changes to six regional projects and three statewide
projects and programs. Full details are found on the TIP Amendments
page of the website that is linked below.2019 TIP Amendment #2 Details
June 14 was the deadline to submit letters of interest for the 2019 round of federal Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) program funding administered by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT).
Twelve letters of interest were received from four MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) member municipalities and five other agencies for projects in or directly impacting the Rockingham MPO region.
In aggregate these letters request $13.18 million in federal funding with a total project cost of $20.6 million. Statewide 30 letters were received requesting $22.98 million in CMAQ funding.
This compares to the pool of approximately $13.5 million federal dollars available statewide for the two-year funding round. Proposed projects in the RPC region included transit service and fleet replacement, rail siding upgrade, rail trail and multi-use path construction, electric vehicle charging stations, school zone complete streets improvements, and traffic signal coordination. Full proposals will be due September 6th, with regional rankings developed in September and October, and statewide project selection announced by January.
Earlier this year RPC was awarded a grant under the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Measuring Multimodal Connectivity Pilot Grant Program. The goal of the pilot project is to improve bicycle network planning for New Hampshire’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) through further development and refinement of a shared model for evaluating Bicycle Level of Traffic Stress (LTS). Level of Traffic Stress is an approach to measuring the suitability of roads for bicycling recognizing differing stress tolerance based on people's level of riding experience. LTS analysis considers traffic speed, traffic volumes, shoulder width and the presence of parking and bike lanes.
A 30-day public comment period for Amendment
1 to the 2019 TIP begins Monday, June 10, 2019 and concludes on
Tuesday, July 9, 2019. A public hearing to consider the changes and any
received comments is scheduled for Wednesday July 10, 2019, beginning at
PM at the Hampstead Town Hall (11 Main Street, Hampstead). The
Planning Commission will met after the public hearing and adopted the
changes to the TIP. Amendment #1 considers changes to four statewide projects and programs and full details are found on the TIP Amendments page of the website that is linked below.
2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program and 2045 Plan
Notice of Comment Period and Public Hearing for the 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (Plan)
The Rockingham Planning Commission (RPC) announces its intent to adopt two documents:
The 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). This document is developed by RPC, regional transit agencies, and NH Department of Transportation and includes a prioritized list of transportation projects to be implemented over the next four years
The Amended 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (Plan). The Plan is a document developed by the RPC that includes a set of transportation projects that can reasonably be expected to be constructed within the region over the next 20+ years.
A 30-day public comment period for the TIP and Plan documents begins Monday, January 14th, 2019 and concludes on Tuesday February 12th, 2019. A public hearing to solicit public comment is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13th, 2019, at the Kingston Community Library in Kingston, New Hampshire (2 Library Lane) beginning at 7:00 PM. The Planning Commission will meet after the public hearing to adopt the documents.
Consistent with the RPC’s Public Participation Process, this notice and comment period is also intended to meet FTA requirements for public comment on the programs of transit projects put forward by NHDOT, UNH and the COAST and CART transit systems.
Copies of the TIP and Plan, will be available the offices of the Rockingham Planning Commission offices, on the RPC website at http://www.rpc-nh.org, and will be sent to interested parties by request. Comments on the draft TIP and Plan can be submitted via the MPO’s public involvement site located at https://www.publicinput.com/3706. Alternatively, mailed and e-mailed comments will also be accepted through February 12th, 2019 until 4:00 PM and may be addressed to:
$63 Million in federal funds dedicated to transportation projects in the region
“Obligated” projects are those that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) or Federal Transit Administration (FTA) have committed to reimbursing a share of the cost of construction or implementation. Pursuant to Federal Regulations in CFR §450.332, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO’s), as the entities responsible for maintaining the metropolitan transportation planning process, must make public an annual listing of projects for which federal transportation funds were obligated in the preceding fiscal year. These are generally projects that have been recently completed, are under construction, or are nearing construction, where federal transportation funds have been officially committed with a signed project agreement. The full report contains additional detail regarding these projects however some highlights include:
$ 50.5 million dollars in Federal Highway funds committed in the RPC region in 32 contracts addressing bridge, roadway, bicycle, and pedestrian oriented projects.
$ 12.5 Million in Federal Transit funds committed to COAST, CART, and UNH Wildcat Transit to support their operations and capital needs.
$18.9 million obligated towards the replacement of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge between Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME.
$17.5 million obligated in the RPC region facilitating continued work on the I-93 expansion from Salem to Manchester.
Notice is hereby given that, acting in its capacity as the MPO for its planning district, the Rockingham Planning Commission has published its 2018 Annual Listing of Obligated Projects and made it available to be viewed and downloaded on the RPC website, www.rpc-nh.org. For more information, contact David Walker, Assistant Director, at the Rockingham Planning Commission, 156 Water St., Exeter, NH 03833; 603-778-0885 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Regional Impact Subcommittee of the Rockingham Planning Commission will meet at 4:00 PM on November 5th at the Exeter Public Library to discuss the proposed expansion of Lonza facilities at the Pease Tradeport as per the NH RSA 36:54-58 established process. As explained in RSA 36:54-58, a determination of regional impact affords the abutting communities and the regional planning commission the status of abutter. It is also an opportunity to broaden the scope of review and in doing so, gain additional input and technical support in the review of large, complex development proposals and evaluate potential effects on inter-municipal agreements. During this meeting, the subcommittee will hear a presentation on the proposal, as well as concerns from abutters and the general public. RPC will provide findings from the review and the meeting to the host community to aid in its review of the project. Further RPC guidance can be found on the RPC Regional Impacts webpage.
For the Regional Long Range Transportation Plan and the State Ten Year Plan
The RPC is updating the Long Range Transportation Plan project list in preparation for the next iteration of the State Ten Year Plan cycle that NH DOT is expected to begin this fall. These updates require community and transportation agency involvement to identify and prioritize local transportation issues and needs throughout the region. The MPO is asking that communities review the existing list of projects in the Long Range Transportation Plan to ensure that priorities from your community are included and indicate any transportation service or infrastructure problems that are not being addressed. This details of this process are found on the Project Solicitation and Selection page of the website.
The Future of Freight Operations & Autonomous Trucking
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is hosting a New Hampshire Freight Summit at the Newington Town Hall Auditorium (205 Nimble Hill Road, Newington) on June 21, 2018 from 12:30 - 3:30 PM that will include discussion with public and private sector professionals regarding the future of freight movement in New Hampshire and key issues affecting the state's freight networks. The summit will provide an overview of the New Hampshire Freight Plan, Insights on Freight Operations and Logistics from the private sector, as well as a discussion of the Economics of Autonomous Trucking. This will be followed by an Open House from 4:00-6:00 PM focused around the ongoing development of the State Freight Plan. The Statewide Freight Plan is a strategic planning document that will define a short and long-term, multi-modal, vision for the freight system in New Hampshire. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss freight issues and trends with industry experts and proved input on the Freight Plan development.