The Lima-Allen County Regional Planning Commission (LACRPC) as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) of the Lima Urbanized area, in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and in coordination with local jurisdictions is responsible for the coordination of transportation planning activities within the Allen County area. For transportation purposes the MPO embraces all of Allen County including those portions of the City of Delphos located in Van Wert County, and the Village of Bluffton located in Hancock County.
Long Range Transportation Plan
In an attempt to meet the transportation needs of the community the LACRPC has developed and continues to update the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan Update (Appendix A, Appendix B, Appendix C, Appendix D, Appendix E). The 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan is a long-range plan – a strategy of capital improvement programming developed to guide the effective investment of public funds in transportation facilities. The Plan provides the framework from which the area’s short range Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is developed. The TIP identifies the highway, transit, bikeway, and pedestrian projects scheduled to be constructed over a four-year time frame. The ambition of the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan is the development of a truly intermodal transportation system, one that is efficient, fiscally sound, environmentally friendly, and which provides the regional infrastructure to better compete in the global economy.
Travel Demand Model
A Travel Demand Model (TDM) is a computerized simulation model that allows transportation planners to develop future traffic conditions and identify alternatives to address future congestion in current planning activities. Planning Commission staff work with ODOT personnel to maintain a traditional 4-step gravity model that reflects trip generation, trip distribution, mode choice, and traffic assignment. The local model reflects all of Allen County inclusive of those portions of the Village of Bluffton and City of Delphos located in Hancock and Van Wert counties respectively. The model is comprised of 366 travel analysis zones (TAZ) which reflect zonal transportation network characteristics such as roadway speeds, lanes, widths, etc., as well as 17 socio-economic data items reflective of the TAZ’s unique population, employment, households, dwelling units, etc. The model is sensitive to truck flow and transit usage as well as time-of-day that includes information across four periods: AM peak, midday, PM peak and overnight. Traffic forecasts are based on forecasted land use, demographics, and travel patterns generated by the Planning Commission and unique to the region. Model outputs allow for various scenario developments and resulting future traffic impacts and provide the basis for “Certified Traffic” forecasts, congestion management system statistics, and pollution emission estimates. Below is Allen County TDM document available for review.
Transportation Improvement Program
The Long Range Transportation Plan is monitored and implemented through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) process. Coordinating the short range TIP for the Lima Urbanized Area represents one of the LACRPC’s major responsibilities as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The TIP provides a four-year prioritized listing of a bikeway/pedestrian walkway, bridge, highway, transit, and paratransit projects, utilizing federal funding.
The 2018-2021 TIP project list includes road construction projects, bike/pedestrian projects, bus/transit as well as other transportation-related projects and service planned for FY 2018 – 2021 (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2021). The FY 2018- 2021 TIP was adopted at the Transportation Coordinating Committee meeting and submitted to ODOT to become part of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).