Overview: Federal Mandate, Goals and Progress Made

Transportation has long been a major contributor to the region’s prosperity and quality of life. The OKI region has an extremely diverse, well-developed transportation system for the mobility of both people and goods. Transportation options must continue to be reliable, flexible and affordable in order to safely connect people to each other, to their workplaces, to the institutions that matter to them and to the services upon which they depend.

To address these public interests and travel demands, this OKI 2040 Regional Transportation Plan, 2016 Update (The Plan) serves as the metropolitan transportation plan for the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI). As such, the Plan works to define the policies, programs and projects to be implemented over the next 20 plus years to create a multimodal and coordinated regional roadmap for guiding transportation improvements through the year 2040.

Coordination with Federal Transportation Planning Requirements

This plan is in compliance with statewide and metropolitan transportation planning regulations requiring and governing the development of transportation plans and programs for urbanized areas which have been issued by the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

Previous Federal Legislation

  • Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) — July 2012
  • Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) — August 2005
  • Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) — July 1998
  • Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) — December 1991




Current Federal Legislation

  • Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act — December 2015

Significant continuing provisions of the FAST Act are that the Plan must:

  • be prepared and updated every four years in nonattainment areas and areas that were nonattainment and are now under a maintenance plan
  • cover a minimum 20-year planning horizon with air quality conformity and fiscal constraint
  • include a congestion management process
  • ensure that public involvement remains a hallmark of the metropolitan planning process
  • include a discussion of types of potential environmental mitigation activities collected through an environmental consultation process
  • support safe and efficient movement of people and goods using multiple travel modes
  • include projects as a prerequisite for federal funding eligibility
  • contain a description of the performance measures and targets used in assessing the transportation system
  • be amended following Public Hearing and OKI Board of Directors/Executive Committee approval, as needed

Address the eight Metropolitan Factors:

  • Economic Vitality
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Accessibility and Mobility Options
  • Environmental Protection, Energy Conservation and Sustainable Development
  • System Integration and Connectivity
  • Efficient System Management and Operations
  • Preservation of the Existing System

Significant new legislative directives of the FAST Act are that the Plan must:

Support for intercity bus and commuter vanpools

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Include consultation with other planning officials

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Expand the scope of planning process

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Include capital investment and other strategies

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Incorporate strategies related to resilience and environmental mitigation activities

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Consider transportation and transit enhancement activities

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Encourage participation by interested parties in the planning process

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Expand Congestion Management

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Summary of Progress Made Since 2012

In addition to noting the changes in federal requirements made over time to the Plan, it is important to projects that have been completed since the 2012 update. This list of completed projects illustrates the broad range of transportation plans and projects that affect residents, businesses and workers in the region. The list also highlights the number of transportation needs that remain within our region and which will be addressed by this Plan.

Related Plans, Programs and Committees

  • Unified Planning Work Program
  • Transportation Improvement Program
  • Board of Directors
  • Intermodal Coordinating Committee
  • Utilization of a Participation Plan
  • Coordinated Plan
  • Annual Project Listing