Regional Decision-Making and Competitive Funding: Metropolitan Planning Organizations and the Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery Program

 

External link: http://swutc.tamu.edu/publications/technicalreports/600451-00106-1.pdf

Publication date: August 1, 2014

Capsule summary: This report investigates the relationship between local planning processes and federal funding programming.

Author(s): Lowe, Kate

Publisher(s): Southwest Region University Transportation Center Texas A&M Transportation Institute


Definition: Financial strategies and techniques for transportation planning
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Definition: A federally funded transportation policy-making organization, comprised of local government representatives and transportation authorities
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Description: The Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Program intends to support transportation infrastructure development as a means for providing economic stimulus. This report considers how local MPOs are involved with TIGER funding applications across the nation, in order to gain an understanding of the relationship between local planning and federal funding decisions.

Objectives: The research focused on the different perspectives of various MPOs as they planned projects seeking federal funding support. A survey was used to gain insight from practitioners, regional planning documents, and TIGER applications from projects were included in the research team’s analysis. The research intends to inform applicants for federal awards and federal funding decision-makers of the factors that influence project funding decisions.

Findings: MPOs fill a variety of roles in applications for TIGER funding. Many MPOs do not serve an active role in applications, especially in medium and small urbanized areas, where 43% and 46% of respondents respectively reported no involvement. The research found that an organization’s size and capacity was related to their involvement. Project selection criteria were also considered, and the research revealed that shovel readiness and priority in MPO plans were among the most common reasons projects were selected to apply for TIGER funding.

Recommendations: Limitations of the survey design suggest that areas remain for continued research into regional processes, building a base of knowledge to support funding decision-makers. The report provides further insight into factors that influence project selection for federal awards and serves to inform practitioners as they improve their funding application processes.

Research Theme: Financial Strategies

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Organization Type: MPO or RPO

Planning Subject: Decision Making, Facility or Land Use, Forecasting, Land Use Planning, Plan Implementation, Planning Methods, Regional Planning, Resource Allocation