The MPO began its TIP and MTP update process in the fall of 2014 with the development of a project selection process and criteria in conjunction with NH DOT and the other eight New Hampshire Planning Commissions. The intent was that each agency implement a similar methodology for soliciting and selecting projects for inclusion in the Ten Year Plan. This included the development of a common project proposal form and standardized information requirements, as well as a common set of project selection criteria. Because this set of statewide selection criteria were not finalized until after project proposals had been submitted, the RPC utilized the pre-existing selection criteria (Adopted in February, 2011) from the previous TIP/Plan update in 2011/12 as the initial project ranking principles and then followed that with a revised ranking using the statewide criteria. In January, 2013 RPC communities, transit agencies, and NH DOT were solicited for project proposals and asked to review existing projects listed in the MPO Plan and any projects suggested by communities during the previous two years. Projects not currently in the MPO TIP or the State 10 Year Plan would be included in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan as an identified need. Project_progression.jpg
The Rockingham Planning Commission has used this opportunity to review, redefine, and if appropriate re-prioritize existing projects in the Ten Year and Metropolitan Transportation Plan with the goal of developing a comprehensive flow of projects from the MTP to the Ten Year Plan and TIP. To that end, data was gathered to improve the project planning and development process.We have contacted many communities to discuss projects in the State Ten Year Plan and the response received was that the existing projects continue to be priorities.
A prioritized list of projects recommended for the Ten Year Plan was submitted to NH DOT in April, 2013 along with comments on the process and the draft document. In addition, this information was conveyed the Governor’s Advisory Council on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT) in written form as well as via testimony at GACIT hearings in September and October, 2013. Important Dates in the project selection process are outlined below and establish the timeframe of the update.
The 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program was adopted by the MPO on December 10, 2014 and the State Transportation Improvement Program was approved by FHWA and FTA on April 8, 2015.