Systems Planning

Planning Resource Guide

Calendar and submittal dates

Contact information

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) instructions and forms

District Transportation Planner (DTP) information

Federal Functional Classification (FFC)

Federal legislation, regulations and guidance

Federal-Aid Project Development

Freight

Funding Guide

Funding, Reimbursement and Progress Reports

Geographic Information Systems

Grant Programs

Interchange Justification

Iowa Open Meetings and Public Records Law

Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)

Maps

Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Certification and Planning Review

Mileage Reports

Modal

Modeling and Forecasting

MPO/RPA overview materials

  • Upon request, Iowa DOT planners will meet with new MPO/RPA planners to provide an overview of the transportation planning process in Iowa. Materials commonly discussed at these meetings are linked below. Please contact Andrea White with the Office of Systems Planning if you are interested in setting up an overview session.

  • NEPA and the Environment

    News and Information

    Passenger Transportation Plan (PTP)

    Performance Management

    Planning Agency Information

    MPO and RPA Agency Websites

    Ames Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
    Bi-State Regional Commission (Quad Cities area)
    Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization (Cedar Rapids area )
    Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
    East Central Intergovernmental Association (Dubuque area)
    Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments (Waterloo-Cedar Falls area)
    Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (Omaha-Council Bluffs area)
    Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (Iowa City area)
    Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (Sioux City Area)
    RPA 1 – Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission
    RPA 2 – North Iowa Area Council of Governments
    RPA 3 – Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission
    RPA 4 – Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council
    RPA 5 – Mid-Iowa Development Association Council of Governments
    RPA 6 – Region 6 Planning Commission
    RPA 7 – Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments
    RPA 8 – East Central Intergovernmental Association
    RPA 9 – Bi-State Regional Commission
    RPA 10 – East Central Iowa Council of Governments
    RPA 11 – Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
    RPA 12 – Region XII Council of Governments
    RPA 13 – Southwest Iowa Planning Council
    RPA 14 – Southern Iowa Council of Governments
    RPA 15 – Area 15 Regional Planning Commission
    RPA 16 – Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission
    RPA 17 – Chariton Valley Planning & Development
    RPA 18 – Metropolitan Area Planning Agency

    State of the Practice Report

    State of Practice - 2014

    Board orientation and public outreach examples
    DMAMPO
    INRCOG
    MPOJC
    RPA 10

    STP and TAP agreement or award letter examples
    Corridor MPO
    DMAMPO
    RPA 14
    RPA 16

    History of Transportation Planning in Iowa

    History of Transportation Planning in Iowa

    Planning Area Boundaries

    Plans and Studies

    Programming/Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

    Public Participation Process

    Quarterly Meetings

    2019 MPO-RPA Quarterly Meetings

    2019 MPO-RPA quarterly meeting schedule

     

    June 2019 MPO-RPA Meeting

    Meeting agenda
    Federal legislative update
    Rail documents

     

    March 2019 MPO-RPA Meeting

    Meeting agenda
    Federal legislative update
    Regional transportation project selection paper overview
    Iowa Public Transit Long-Range Plan
    Peer exchange: Transit audits
    Peer exchange: CorridorRides
    Iowa Pavement Management Program (IPMP) overview
    Peer exchange: Use of pavement condition data
    Performance management update

     

    December 2018 MPO-RPA Meeting

    Meeting agenda
    Federal legislative update
    Bicycle/pedestrian update
    State long-range plan implementation
    Strategic Highway Safety Plan
    Transportation asset management
    Planning Update
    Performance management

     

    September 2018 MPO-RPA Meeting

    Meeting agenda
    Unmanned aircraft systems presentation
    Unmanned aircraft systems handouts Federal update
    Transit asset management
    Peer exchange: Federal functional classification and active transportation
    Peer exchange: Block Talk
    Planning expectations

     

    June 2018 MPO-RPA Meeting

    Meeting agenda
    Federal legislative update
    State legislative update
    Performance management and MAP-21/FAST Act phase-in

     

    March 2018 MPO-RPA Meeting

    Meeting agenda
    Federal update
    I-80 Planning and environmental linkages study update
    I-380 Planning and environmental linkages study update
    Road Safety Audit guidelines and Strategic Highway Safety Plan update
    Performance management and MAP-21/FAST Act phase-in
    Transportation Asset Management Plan and target setting update

     

    December 2017 MPO-RPA Meeting

    Meeting agenda
    Federal update
    Bicycle and Pedestrian Long Range Plan update
    Strategic Highway Safety Plan update
    Park and ride implementation
    Freight disaggregation
    Performance management update

     

    September 2017 MPO-RPA Meeting

    Meeting agenda
    Federal update
    Long-range transportation plan revised guidelines
    Iowa Data Bike project
    Timeline and summary of performance management information
    SAFETEA-LU and FAST Act CFR comparison – metropolitan planning
    SAFETEA-LU and FAST Act CFR comparison – statewide and nonmetropolitan planning
    2017 NADO Regional Transportation Conference links
    Iowa Rideshare flyer

     

    June 2017 MPO-RPA Meeting

    Meeting agenda
    Federal update
    Federal rulemakings update
    State Transportation Plan update
    Statewide lane reconfiguration analysis
    Iowa DOT GIS resources
    Iowa Great Places Program
    State Freight Plan draft amendment

     

    March 2017 MPO-RPA Meeting

    Meeting agenda
    Federal update
    FTA performance management information
    Draft critical urban and rural freight corridors
    State Transportation Plan update
    Safety performance management overview
    State safety target setting presentation

     

    December 2016 MPO-RPA Meeting

    Meeting agenda
    Federal update
    State Transportation Plan update
    Federal functional classification (FFC) overview
    MAP-21/FAST Act implementation and coordination update
    Iowa Standardized Model Structure (ISMS) update

     

    September 2016 MPO-RPA Meeting

    Meeting agenda
    FHWA response to TAP competitive process justification
    Safety update
    State Transportation Plan update
    MAP-21/FAST Act implementation and coordination
    RPA 15 Small Town Iowa Development and Enhancement program
    RPA 16 Burlington parking study

     

    June 2016 MPO-RPA Meeting

    Meeting agenda
    State Transportation Plan update
    Federal rulemakings update
    Summary of performance measures
    Critical rural and urban freight corridor identification
    INRCOG regional bicycle accommodation plan
    Bi-State trail website and counting program

     

    March 2016 MPO-RPA Meeting

    Meeting agenda
    FAST Act overview
    FAST Act summary
    FAST Act stakeholder session summary
    State Transportation Plan update
    Local Road Safety Plans update
    LIFTS update

     

    December 2015 MPO-RPA Meeting

    Meeting agenda
    Freight Plan update
    State Transportation Plan update
    Rail Plan update
    RPA 10 pre-application workshop
    Iowa Standardized Model Structure update

     

    September 2015 MPO-RPA Meeting

    Meeting agenda
    Legislative update
    LIFTS program
    State Transportation Plan overview
    Expanded ICE tool
    Freight and Rail Plan presentation

     

    June 2015 MPO Meeting

    Meeting agenda
    iTRAM presentation
    Peer exchange on performance measures
    Legislative update
    State Rail Plan update
    Crude by rail presentation

     

    May 2015 RPA Meeting

    Meeting agenda
    Crude by rail presentation
    Summary of enhanced tank car standards rulemaking
    RPA 16 presentation on Policy/TAC structure and funding allocation
    2015 bicycle friendly state information

     

    March 2015 MPO-RPA Meeting

    Meeting agenda
    MAP-21 draft rulemakings presentation
    Pedestrian, bicycle, and transit assessment
    Iowa Air Service Plan summary
    Iowa Commuter Transportation Study summary
    Summary of available railroad and freight data
    Railroad and freight data presentation
    Example railroad annual report
    Infogroup employment data presentation
    Park and Ride System Plan implementation

     

    December 2014 MPO-RPA Meeting

    Meeting agenda
    Legislative update
    Bicycle & Pedestrian Long-Range Plan update
    Agency questionnaire overview
    Freight mobility issues

     

     

    Regional Planning Affiliation (RPA) Planning Expectations

    RPA Planning Review

    Safety

    Secondary and Farm-to-Market (FM) Roads

    Technical Analysis Peer Exchange (TAPE)

    Title VI

    Traffic

    Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP)