In a collaborative transportation planning program with the Vermont Agency of Transportation, the Rutland Region Transportation Council participates in the Transportation Planning Initiative, or “TPI”. The TPI funds an annual work program to address local and regional transportation issues.
The TPI program was initiated in the early nineties as a response to the ground breaking federal transportation legislation commonly referred to as ISTEA. ISTEA and the follow-up legislation TEA-21, provided for a more balanced transportation system than the nation had seen previously, when highways were the sole focus. The scope of transportation planning was now transformed to include emphasis on other modes such as bicycling, walking, rail, transit, and water transportation. Public involvement was also instituted as a required component not only of how projects were refined but how projects were identified as needs in the first place. Through the TPI process, we work in partnership with VTrans to ensure the concepts of multi-modalism and public participation remain constant in the regional transportation planning process.
At the regional level, we develop, write and work on implementation of the Regional Transportation Plan. This Plan represents a long-range transportation plan to guide transportation decision-making in the region. It documents a vision for transportation and serves as the basis for determining future transportation investments. The Plan outlines specific steps that can be taken to improve the regional transportation network and provide for future transportation needs. Aside from the traditional vehicular modes of transportation, the Plan addresses other modes such as railroads, airports, public transportation, and bicycle and pedestrian travel Other regional issues include network sessions with Road Commissioners/Foremen, corridor management planning, public transit, improved rail access for freight and passengers, and bicycle and pedestrian initiatives.
On the local level, we help towns negotiate the VTrans project development process, study local transportation issues and develop applications for funding local projects. Planning assistance for our local communities is available in a variety of transportation planning related areas including traffic counts, grant assistance, access management and town transportation plans.
The mission of the Transportation Council is to promote and support, throughout the Rutland Region, an integrated transportation system that facilitates commerce and communication and enhances quality of life.
Toward this realization, the Council:
1. Identifies the roles of the various transportation modes,
2. Analyzes the conditions of each transportation mode,
3. Involves the citizens of all the Region's communities to discover their transportation needs and hopes,
4. Establishes feasible, prioritized plans to achieve needed changes and improvements for each transportation mode, and
5. Works with the Region's communities, the Rutland Regional Planning Commission (RRPC), the Agency of Transportation, and members of the legislature to accomplish agreed-upon changes and improvements.
Profile of the Transportation Council
Formed in December 1992, the Transportation Council represents 27 Municipalities in the Rutland Region and affiliated Associated organizations. Members are appointed by local Boards of Selectmen. The Transportation Council meets on the 4th Thursday of every month. Agendas and minutes are available on this site.
The Transportation Council came about in part because the state and federal governments recognized the need to involve citizens and local officials in the identification and development of solutions to transportation problems.
Financial, administrative, and technical support for the Transportation Council is provided by the Rutland Regional Planning Commission, pursuant to a contract with the Vermont Agency of Transportation.