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2020-12-29 - FY20 Annual List of Obligated Projects

Federal Transportation Expenditures in the Region

The List of Obligated Projects is an annual statement by the Metropolitan Planning Organization detailing the expenditure of federal transportation funds in the region. When the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) or Federal Transit Administration (FTA) obligate funds, the agencies are committing federal resources to a specific transportation project, grant, or transit system. While obligations do not line up exactly with active construction of roadway projects, they do provide insight into what projects are being prepared for construction (engineering and design), are in construction, or have been recently completed. The 2020 Annual Listing of Obligated Projects has been published and details how the $89.8 million of federal funding obligated in the region was distributed to projects, programs, and transit agencies.

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2020-09-01 - Public Comment Period for MPO Public Participation Plan Update

The Rockingham Planning Commission announces the release for public comment of a draft update to the agency’s Public Participation Plan (PPP). This plan sets out the policies, goals and approaches for public participation as part of transportation planning activities conducted by the Rockingham Planning Commission.

A 45-day public comment period for the Draft Public Participation Plan begins Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 and concludes on Friday, October 16th, 2020. A public hearing to consider the updated plan and any received comments is scheduled for Wednesday October 14th, 2020, beginning at 7:00 PM and held virtually given public meeting restrictions due to COVID19. The Planning Commission will meet after the public hearing to vote on adoption of the Public Participation Plan.

Link for Public Hearing and Plan Review: https://publicinput.com/2020PPPUpdate.

View the Draft Document: MPO Public Participation Plan - Draft August 2020

The Rockingham Planning Commission is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) serving twenty-seven (27) communities in southeastern New Hampshire. The core role of the MPO is to ensure local input in the planning and programming of federally funded transportation projects. As part of this role, the MPO is required to implement a proactive public participation process that provides complete information, timely public notice, full public access to key decisions, and early and continuing participation of the public in developing plans.

Hard copies of the document are available at the RPC offices and will be sent to interested parties by request. Written comments will also be accepted through close of business on October 16th, 2020 and may be provided through the publicInput.com link above or in email or hard copy addressed to:

Rockingham Planning Commission

156 Water Street

Exeter, NH 03833

Email: sbogle@therpc.org with Public Participation Plan in the subject line.

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2020-05-01 - RPC Opens Public Comment Period for 2019 TIP, Amendment #4

Virtual Public Hearing Scheduled for May 13, 2020

A 10-day public comment period for Amendment #4 to the 2019 TIP begins Saturday, May 2, 2020 and concludes on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Due to the State of Emergency declared by Governor Sununu as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with Emergency Order #12 pursuant to Executive Order 2020-08, following the public comment period, a virtual public hearing to review comments and solicit any final feedback regarding Amendment #4 to the TIP and Plan has been scheduled for 7:00 PM on Wednesday May 13, 2020. The Planning Commission will meet after the public hearing to consider and adopt the revisions. The Chair of the RPC has found that, due to the State of Emergency declared by the Governor, RPC is authorized to meet electronically. Please note that, pursuant to the Governor’s Emergency Order, there is no physical location to participate in this meeting. RPC is engaging commissioners via a Zoom virtual meeting while the general public can participate via the RPC public engagement portal. Further information is available in the public engagement portal and on the TIP Amendments page of the RPC website.

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2020-01-28 - 2019 TIP Amendment #3 Proposed

15 Day Comment Period begins 01/28/2020

A 15-day public comment period for Amendment 3 to the 2019 TIP begins Tuesday, January 28, 2020 and concludes on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. A public hearing to consider the changes and any received comments is scheduled for Wednesday February 12, 2020, beginning at 7:00 PM at the Kingston Community Library (56 Church Street, Kingston). The Planning Commission will met after the public hearing and adopted the changes to the TIP. Amendment #3 considers changes to four regional projects and thirteen statewide projects and programs. Full details are found on the TIP Amendments page of the website that is linked below.2019 TIP Amendment #3 Details

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2020-01-03 - RFQ Travel Demand Model Technical Consulting Assistance

Rockingham Planning Commission is seeking qualification submissions for Travel Demand Model Technical Consulting Assistance. This RFQ is issued for the purpose of securing the services of a qualified vendor to provide travel demand model technical consulting assistance in support of the agency’s transportation planning program. Click here to review the full RFQ: Download RFQ

Submissions must be received by 4:30 PM on Friday, January 31, 2020

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2019-11-11 - 2019 TIP Amendment #2 Proposed

30 Day comment period begins 11/11/19

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). The 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

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2019-08-02 - ​Heavy Demand for Transportation Options in 2019 CMAQ Round

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.

Contact Scott Bogle at the RPC with any questions: sbogle@therpc.org or 603-658-0515.
More info about the CMAQ program at https://www.nh.gov/dot/org/projectdevelopment/planning/cmaq

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2019-07-08 - Bicycle Level of Traffic Stress (LTS)

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.

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2019-06-10 - 2019 TIP Amendment #1 Proposed

30 Day comment period and public hearing

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 7:00 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 TIP Amendment #1 Details

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2019-03-08 - Updated Transportation Project Viewer 2019-2045

RPC has released an updated Transportation Project Viewer to accompany the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan update. The Viewer and Plan are now updated to address the current Transportation Improvement Program (2019-2022) and full list of Long Range Projects allowed by the later horizon year.

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