Transportation Funding Sources

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Transportation Funding Sources

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The following is a list of funding sources that are available for transportation projects.  The Village has been successful in securing funds from some of these grant sources.  Some funding is a relatively standard distribution of money that occurs each year, such as the Motor Fuel Tax funds.  But most of those listed are grant programs, which are competitive and must meet certain criteria to qualify.  Programs such as the federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality rank project applications on performance criteria to determine how well the goals of the funding program are met by each proposal.  From year to year, the amount of funds available and even the grant programs themselves change as new ones are opened and others are discontinued.  Village staff routinely explores the potential transportation funding options to determine which best fit the types of work proposed.

MOTOR FUEL TAX (MFT)
The Village receives an annual allotment of MFT funds based on the Village population.  The funds are collected at the sale of gasoline, on a per gallon basis.  The Village uses MFT monies to fund a portion of the annual Street Revitalization Project, Traffic Signal Maintenance, sidewalk installations, along with other various projects.  The funds may be used for both maintenance and capacity improvements for transportation facilities.

FEDERAL SURFACE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM (STP)
These funds are typically used for road rehabilitation and other improvements.  Federal Surface Transportation Program funds were obtained in the past to pay for a significant share of reconstruction and /or widening projects on Bode Road, Huntington Boulevard between Algonquin Road and Westbury Drive, and the Barrington / Higgins Road intersection widening.  STP funds are allocated by the Northwest Municipal Conference (NWMC).  Recently, the NMWC changed the allocation of STP funds to provide a minimum of $200,000 per year to bicycle projects.  Current STP projects in the Village include installing left turn lanes on Palatine Road, reconstructing Bode Road, and reconstructing Hassell Road.

CONGESTION MITIGATION AIR QUALITY (CMAQ)
The Transportation Division obtained a Congestion Mitigation Air Quality grant from the Federal government to start-up a shuttle bus program connecting Village businesses with Metra stations. The Village has also used CMAQ to fund sidewalk improvements. Recent CMAQ projects in the Village include bicycle path /sidewalk on Higgins Road east and west of Roselle Road, a diesel emissions reduction project, and adding right turn lanes at the IL 59 / Shoe Factory Road intersection.

HIGHWAY SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (HSIP)
As part of the Federal Transportation Bill, HSIP is a program with the goal  of significantly reducing traffic fatalities and severe injuries. Funds are used to make safety improvements to locations where there has been an historical occurrence of high severity crashes.  Completed project in the Village where HSIP funds were used include Higgins Road at Moon Lake / Governors to convert the signal operation to "left on arrow only" and to add right turn lanes on Higgins Road, "left on arrow only" at Higgins Road and Beverly Road and a safety study of the intersections of Bode / Salem and Bode / Gannon.

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL (SRTS)
The Illinois Safe Routes to School Program supports projects and programs that enable and encourage walking and bicycling to and from school. The program applies to schools serving grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. With SRTS, the Village is coordinating potential projects with interested School Districts.

ILLINOIS TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (ITEP)
ITEP is an annual grant program implemented by IDOT through the federal transportation bill. Projects must provide amenities for the public that enhance the transportation network. The list of eligible projects is very long, but specific to certain projects. The application and selection process for Enhancement funds is very competitive since the pool of funds is relatively small compared to other federal programs for transportation improvements.  The Village received approval of an application for ITEP funds in 2013 for the engineering and construction of the Shoe Factory Road / I-90 undercrossing pedestrian and bicycle project. 

ILLINOIS DNR RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM (RTP)
RTP is an annual grant program implemented by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Bicycle projects funded through the program are limited to bicycle trails. The trails must be open to the public for perpetuity, typically located on public property. Similar to the federal funds, money must be appropriated by the State to pay for projects selected through RTP.

ROAD IMPROVEMENT IMPACT FEES
This is not a grant program; rather it is funding generated by new development based on the new traffic demand placed on the roadway system as a result of a new office building, restaurant, etc.   The Village passed an ordinance to institute Road Improvement Impact Fees in 1995.  Updates to the program are required at least every five years. 

Road improvement impact fees are charged to development based on the amount of new traffic that is added to the roadway network during the weekday afternoon peak period.  The developer of the new use is responsible for paying the fee.  The Village ordinance follows the State statute for implementation of impact fees.  The fees collected are used to pay a portion of the cost for qualifying major capacity improvements on designated State, County, and Village roads.  The widening and intersection improvements at Barrington and Higgins Road completed in 2005 were partially funded through Village road improvement impact fees.  Only projects listed in the Comprehensive Road Improvement Plan that are located in the two defined service areas (see map) are eligible for funding through Village impact fees.  A general impact fee table can be found by clicking here

Update to the Road Improvement Impact Fee Program
Information on the approved update to the Road Improvement Impact Fee program can be found here.  This information includes updates to the Comprehensive Road Improvement Plan, service areas, fee table, and land use assumptions.  Specific questions on impact fees should be directed to the Transportation and Engineering Division or by calling (847) 252-5800.

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