Transportation Policy Committee

The Policy Committee conducts the final review and approval of the work done by MCRPC in its role as the MPO for the area. This includes adoption of transportation planning documents, contract approvals, and decision-making regarding regional transportation policy. To best serve the policy decision process, this committee includes elected officials as representatives of the participating jurisdictions.

 

Members:
  • Mary Jefferson – MCRPC, Commission Chair
  • William Caisley – McLean County Board Transportation Committee, Committee Chair
  • Tari Renner – City of Bloomington, Mayor
  • Chris Koos – Town of Normal, Mayor
  • Scott W. Neihart – Illinois Department of Transportation, Region 3, District 5, Studies and Plans Engineer

Transportation Technical Committee

Transportation Technical Committee

The Technical Committee guides the development of transportation plans, the annual update of the Transportaiton Improvement Program, the MCRPC annual Unified Work Program, and other required elements of the MPO’s work. In addition, the Technical Committee makes recommendations to the Policy Committee to inform their action on MPO decisions, management, and programs.

Members:
  • Vasudha P. Gadhiraju – MCRPC, Executive Director
  • Tim Gleason – City of Bloomington, City Manager
  • Jim Karch – City of Bloomington, Public Works Director Alternate: Kevin Kothe – City of Bloomington, City Engineer
  • Bill Wasson – McLean County, County Administrator
  • Jerry Stokes – McLean County, County Engineer Alternate: Luke Hohulin, Deputy County Engineer
  • Pam Reece – Town of Normal, City Manager
  • Wayne Aldrich, Town of Normal, Public Works Director Alternate: Ryan Otto – Town of Normal, Town Engineer
  • Carl Olson – Bloomington – Normal Airport Authority d/b/a Central Illinois Regional Airport, Executive Director
  • Isaac Thorne – Connect Transit, General Manager
  • Robert Nelson - Illinois Department of Transportation, Region 3, District 5, Planning & Services Chief
  • Dan Magee - Illinois Department of Transportation, Region 3, District 5, Federal-Aid Coordinator

Transportation Advisory Committee

The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) consists of representatives from local transit providers. These organizations include the public transit providers Connect Transit and SHOW BUS.  Also participating are institutional or non-profit agencies that provide transportation services to agency clients, people with specific needs and sometimes to the general public, and social service agencies working within these communities.  This group of providers and agencies includes Marcfirst, Homes of Hope, Faith in Action, Advocate-BroMenn Adult Day Services, the LIFE Center for Independent Living, the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging, and provisionally, the YWCA of McLean County.

The Transportation Advisory Committee is a forum for cooperation and the exchange of vital information between all of its members.  In recent years the group has coordinated mandatory training for drivers and other personnel,  arranged shared or contracted service, coordinated service with the public transit providers, and worked together to adapt to changing state funding and program requirements.Transportation Advisory Committee Forum

The Transportation Advisory Committee is the first step for agencies seeking grants from the annual Illinois Department of Transportation Consolidated Vehicle Purchase program.  This is the only IDOT grant using federal funds for transportation programs keyed to seniors, people with disabilities, non-emergency medical transportation and other needed paratransit services.  The CVP process allows agencies to apply for replacement and expansion vehicles to provide their services, having met certain criteria to support their vehicle needs.  The TAC reviews and endorses CVP applications, and refers their recommendations to the Transportation Technical Committee.  The Technical Committee forwards approved applications to the Policy Committee for final action and referral to the IDOT Office of Intermodal Project Implementation for consideration.

Significant impacts on operations have resulted from the state’s attempts to introduce statewide managed care operations, which often include transportation within the framework of the Americans With Disabilities Act.  The TAC participants, particularly the smaller agencies, are now required to conform their contracting and audit procedures with the Illinois Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA).  Discussions within the TAC have assisted Committee members in responding to the technical process created around the GATA legislation.

Sustainable Transportation Committee

Purpose:  Is to assist in implementation of the Mobility, Access and Choice as well as Health and Safety goals of the Long Range Transportation Plan 2045.  

  • Goal 2: Improved mobility and accessibility for all is founded on a transportation system that offers choices among multiple modes of transportation and operates sustainably and reliably.
  • Goal 3: Our transportation system will be safe for everyone regardless of where they go or how they get there, as the implementation of Vision Zero takes effect.
Members:
  • Teresa Anders/Jordan Brown, MCRPC
  • Katie Simpson/Izzy Rivera, City of Bloomington
  • Catherine Dunlap/Tricia Stiller, City of Bloomington
  • Mercy Davison/Taylor Long, Town of Normal
  • Jeff Holtke, Connect Transit
  • Patrick Dullard/Dan Steadman, Friends of Constitution Trail
  • Michael Gorman, IWU
  • Michael Brown, Ecology Action Center
  • Katie McHugh, McLean County Health Department and McLean County Wellness Coalition
  • Erin Kennedy, OSF St Joseph and McLean County Wellness Coalition
  • Mike McCurdy, WGLT
  • Chris Homan, ISU Sustainability Office
  • Christa Kramer/Jenna Donald, Green Top Grocery