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NOTICE OF MEETING Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Executive Committee *************************** 11:30 a.m.

, Wednesday, January 9, 2013 Des Moines Area MPO - Mead Conference Room *************************** TENTATIVE AGENDA The established protocol for minutes of this meeting will be to list all attendees, and with each item on which a vote is conducted in the ordinary course in order to take formal action, those voting nay or abstaining will be identified by name. Any member who is absent from the meeting for any period of time during which a vote of the body is taken, is expected to notify the recording secretary at the conclusion of the meeting so that the absence can be duly noted in the minutes. Roll Call votes will be taken as required by law or upon the request of any member that is approved by the chair, and the vote of each member for or against the proposition, or abstention, will be incorporated in the minutes or recorded on a separate sheet attached to the minutes. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Call To Order VOTE: Approval of Agenda VOTE: Approval of Meeting Minutes......Page 3 Approve the November 7, 2012 meeting minutes. REPORT and VOTE: MPO Planning Area Boundary Amendment..Page 7 Report on proposed amendments to the MPOs Planning Area Boundary; consider approval. REPORT and VOTE: Federal Fiscal Years 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program Amendment Request...Page 9 Report on the requests from the Iowa Department of Transportation and Polk County Conservation Board to amend projects in the Federal Fiscal Years 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program; consider approval. REPORT and VOTE: The City of Bondurant Request to Advance Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Transportation Alternative Program Funds. ....Page 12 Report on a Federal Fiscal Years 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program modification request from the City of Bondurant to advance funding for the Chichaqua Valley Trail project; consider approval. REPORT and VOTE: Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Small Member Surface Transportation Program Award. . Page 14 Report on the Small Member Surface Transportation Program funding requests; consider approval. REPORT and VOTE: Unallocated Federal Fiscal Year 2013 Surface Transportation Program Funds. . Page 16 Report on additional unallocated Federal Fiscal Year 2013 Surface Transportation Program funds; consider approval. REPORT and OPTIONAL VOTE: Union Pacific Projects in Des Moines...... Page 19 Report on the Union Pacific Railroads plans to expand their rail yard in Des Moines and potential MPO support for the project. REPORT and OPTIONAL VOTE: SUDAS Representative ... . Page 21 Report on re-appointing Duane Wittstock, City of West Des Moines, as the MPOs representative to the Statewide Urban Design and Specifications Board of Directors. REPORT and OPTIONAL VOTE: Federal Highway Administration Weather Vulnerability Adaptation Options Analysis .. .......... Page 22 Update on the MPOs application for a Federal Highway Administration grant to conduct an adaptation options analysis of selected areas within the MPO boundary prone to flooding REPORT: Transloading Facility Project Update ... .............................................................. Page 23 Report on the progress of bringing a transloading facility to the Des Moines Region.

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MPO Executive Committee 13. REPORT: US 65/Iowa 5 Interstate Designation Update.........Page 24 Update on efforts to re-designate the US 65/Iowa 5 corridor to an interstate. 14. REPORT: Horizon Year 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Amendment...........Page 25 Report on the Federal Highway Administrations request to amend the Horizon Year 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan to include the updates to the Planning Area Boundary. 15. REPORT: Chicago to Omaha Passenger Rail Update .......Page 26 Report and update on the Chicago to Omaha Passenger Rail initiative. 16. REPORT: Southwest Connector Facility Classification .......Page 27 Discussion regarding the type of facility the Southwest Connector southwest of Iowa 5 should be to enhance the regional transportation system. 17. REPORT: Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Surface Transportation Program Projects ....Page 28 Update on the projects applying for Federal Fiscal year 2017 Surface Transportation Program funds. 18. REPORT: Priority Project Solicitation Process....Page 31 Report regarding the process to identify priority projects for the Greater Des Moines Partnerships annual trip to Washington, D.C. 19. REPORT: MAP-21 Funding and Transportation Alternative Program Funding Update....Page 32 Update on potential funding changes stemming from MAP-21 and the Iowa Department of Transportation proposal for the Transportation Alternatives Program. 20. REPORT: The Tomorrow Plan Update.......Page 33 Update on the Tomorrow Plan development 21. REPORT: Smart Growth America Technical Assistance......Page 35 Report on the MPOs award of technical assistance from Smart Growth America 22. REPORT: Executive Director Annual Review.......Page 37 Report on the Fiscal Year 2013 MPO Executive Director Annual Review 23. Other Non-Action Items of Interest to the Committee 24. VOTE: Approval of the January 17, 2013, MPO Agenda 25. Next Meeting Date 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 13, 2013, Des Moines Area MPO Office. 26. Adjournment

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MPO Executive Committee January 2012 Item No. 3 ISSUE: Approval of Meeting Minutes VOTE: Consider approval of the November 7, 2012, MPO Executive Committee meeting minutes. BACKGROUND: The minutes of the November 7, 2012, MPO Executive Committee meeting are enclosed on the following pages. RECOMMENDATION: Approve the minutes of the November 7, 2012, MPO Executive Committee meeting. STAFF CONTACT: Jennifer Ratcliff, jratcliff@dmampo.org; (515) 334-0075.

MEETING MINUTES Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Executive Committee 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Des Moines Area MPO Meeting Room Des Moines, Iowa The MPO Executive Committee held a meeting at 11:30 a.m., on November 7, 2012, in the MPO Meeting Room. Before the meeting, the MPO staff sent agenda packets to the MPO Executive Committees representatives and posted the agenda at the MPO office at 3:36 p.m., on November 1, 2012. The fiscal year-to-date publication cost of meeting minutes for the MPO: $229.77. In addition to these published tentative minutes, there also may be additional meeting notes on file with the MPO staff that are public records and available upon request as provided by law. These tentative minutes reflect all action taken at the meeting. Members Present: Chris Coleman, City of Des Moines Tom Hockensmith, Polk County Angela Connolly, Polk County Robert Mahaffey, City of Des Moines Tom Armstrong, City of Grimes Ted Ohmart, City of West Des Moines Members Absent: Paula Dierenfeld, City of Johnston Others Present: Mike Clayton, Iowa Department of Transportation* Staff Present: Todd Ashby, Executive Director Jonathan Wilson, MPO General Counsel Stephanie Muller, Executive Administrator Dylan Mullenix, Principal Transportation Planner Luke Parris, Senior Transportation Planner Zach Young, Associate Transportation Planner Bethany Wilcoxon, Senior Transportation Planner Jennifer Roberts, Intern Transportation Planner * Non-voting Representative

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Call to Order MPO Chair Coleman called the November 7, 2012, meeting to order at 11:33 a.m. Approval of Agenda MOTION: A motion was made to approve the November 7, 2012, Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Committee meeting agenda.

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MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY 3. Approval of Meeting Minutes MOTION: A motion was made to approve the October 10, 2012, Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Committee meeting minutes.

MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY 4. DART Federal Funding Transfer Request MOTION: A motion was made to approve DARTs request to transfer federal funding from FHWA to FTA.

MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY 5. Polk County Request for Surface Transportation Program Funding. MOTION: A motion was made to approve the request from Polk County for additional Surface Transportation Program funds for the Southwest Connector.

MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY 6. Union Pacific Projects in Des Moines MOTION: A motion was made to approve the Union Pacific Railroads plans to expand their rail yard in Des Moines and potential MPO support for the project.

MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY 7. Priority Project Solicitation Process MPO staff presented; discussion only on item 7. 8. Travel Time Equipment and Software MPO staff presented; discussion only on item 8. 9. TIGER Grant Project Priorities MPO staff presented; discussion only on item 9. 10. Update Small Member Surface Transportation Program Award Process MPO staff presented; discussion only on item 10. 11. MAP-21 Funding Update MPO staff presented; discussion only on item 11. 12. US 65/Iowa 5 Interstate Designation Update MPO staff presented; discussion only on item 12. 13. The Tomorrow Plan Update MPO staff presented; discussion only on item 13.
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Combat Hunger Initiative MPO staff presented; discussion only on item 14. Other Non-Action Items of Interest to the Committee Approval of the December 20, 2012, MPO Agenda Next Meeting Date 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 12, 2012; in the MPO Mead Conference Room. Adjournment Chair Coleman adjourned the meeting at 12:17 p.m.

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MPO Executive Committee January 2012 Item No. 4 ISSUE: MPO Planning Area Boundary Amendment REPORT and VOTE: Report on a proposed amendment to the MPOs Planning Area Boundary. BACKGROUND: The MPO reviews its Planning Area Boundary (PAB) when updating the long-range transportation plan as well as when updating the Urban Area Boundary (UAB). The MPO approved a new UAB in August 2012. The MPOs current PAB was approved in December 2007 during Horizon Year 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plans development. At a minimum, the PAB must include the UAB. At a maximum, the PAB can be no larger than the Metropolitan Statistical Area. In practice, the MPOs PAB incorporates all land that is anticipated to be urbanized in the next twenty years as well the boundaries of all member cities. The boundary also follows US Census geography, where possible, for data collection purposes. Due to annexations, by several member cities since the last update to the PAB, there are some instances, in which the municipal boundaries of member cities extend outside the MPOs PAB. Staff requested that member governments submit any proposed amendments for the PAB to MPO staff no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2012. Staff did not receive any additional amendments. The Central Iowa Regional Transportation Planning Alliance (CIRTPA) must approve any changes to the PAB. This item appeared, on the November 8, 2012, CIRTPA meeting agenda and was approved. Following approval, the MPO staff will submit the proposed changes to the Iowa Department of Transportation for final approval. A map showing the proposed boundary changes is included on the following page. RECOMMENDATION: Recommend that the MPO approve the Planning Area Boundary Amendment. STAFF CONTACT: Zach Young, zyoung@dmampo.org; (515) 334-0075.

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MPO Executive Committee January 2013 Item No. 5 ISSUE: Federal Fiscal Years 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program Amendment Request REPORT and VOTE: Consider approval of a request from the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Polk County Conservation Board to amend projects in the Federal Fiscal Years 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program. BACKGROUND: The Iowa Department of Transportation and Polk County Conservation Board requested the following revisions to the Federal Fiscal Years 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program (FFY 2013-2016 TIP): Sponsor: Iowa Department of Transportation Project: I-35: G-14 to IA 5 Project Number: IM-()13-91 Work Type: Grade and Pave, Bridge Replacement, Right of Way Funding: $25,798,000 in Interstate Maintenance funds with $32,247,000 total cost Change: Update description to read Approx. 1.6 Mi. S. of Co. Rd. G-14 to IA 5 Revision Type: Amendment Sponsor: Polk County Conservation Board Project: 4-Mile Creek Greenway Trail: NE 29th St/NE 54th Ave to 4 Mile Creek South along 4 Mile Creek to near Aurora Ave Project Number: STP-E-C077 (195)8V-77 Work Type: Ped/Bike Development, Ped/Bike Grade & Pave, Ped/Bike ROW Funding: $300,000 in Transportation Enhancement funds Change: Add an additional $ 200,965.79 in Transportation Enhancement funds totaling $500,965.79 Revision Type: Amendment The MPO staff notes the amendments are subject to MPO approval and a public comment period. The MPO staff held a public input meeting to hear comments on the amendment requests prior to MPO approval. Included, immediately following, are maps showing the project locations. RECOMMENDATION: Recommend the MPO approve the amended projects in the FFY 2013-2016 TIP. STAFF CONTACTS: Luke Parris, lparris@dmampo.org; (515) 334-0075

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MPO Executive Committee January 2013 Item No. 6 ISSUE: City of Bondurant Request to Advance Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Transportation Alternative Program Funds REPORT and VOTE: Consider approval of the City of Bondurants request to modify the Federal Fiscal Years 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program to advance funding for the Chichaqua Valley Trail project. BACKGROUND: The City of Bondurant has requested that the MPO consider advancing $160,000 in Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funds for the Chichaqua Valley Trail project from Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2016 to FFY 2013. The project was originally awarded in Federal Fiscal Year 2016 under the Surface Transportation Program (STP) Transportation Enhancement funding process. The City recently received a $75,000 Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for Fiscal Year 2013. The City notes that the REAP grant funds matched with the TAP funds would allow for construction of the project in the current FFY. The following page includes a formal request letter from the City of Bondurant. The MPO staff has reviewed the currently programmed TAP funds and determined that the MPO would have the fiscal capacity to accommodate the movement of funds from FFY 2016 to FFY 2013. On November 27, 2012, the STP Funding Subcommittee met to consider the City of Bondurant request and recommended that the MPO proceed with advancing the funds to FFY 2013. RECOMMENDATION: Recommend the MPO approve the requested FFY 2013-2016 TIP modification. STAFF CONTACTS: Luke Parris, lparris@dmampo.org; (515) 334-0075.

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MPO Executive Committee January 2013 Item No. 7 ISSUE: Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Small Member Surface Transportation Program Awards REPORT and VOTE: Consider approval of the MPOs Small Member Surface Transportation Program funding award. BACKGROUND: In January 2012, the MPO approved revisions to the MPOs Surface Transportation Program (STP) guidelines, including a dedicated set aside of STP funds for the MPOs members that receive one vote at the MPO, i.e., a population less than 11,500. In January 2012, the MPOs action identified that approximately $200,000 be awarded to Small Member STP applicants in FFY 2016. The guidelines approved by the MPO state that up to 5% of the annual STP funds be set aside for the Small Member Government category. The MPOs FFY 2016 STP target was identified as $10,048,000. Five percent of the STP target for FFY 2016 would be $502,400. There are currently $353,000 in unprogrammed STP funds for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2016. At the August 2012 MPO Executive Committee meeting, the committee discussed keeping the award amount at the $200,000 level for FFY 2016 due to potential changes to the STP funds through the st recent Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21 Century (MAP-21) transportation bill. In October 2012, the STP Funding Subcommittee heard presentations from sponsors regarding the projects requesting funding. On November 27, 2012, the STP Funding Subcommittee met and recommended the following funding award for the FFY 2016 Small Member STP funds: Sponsor: City of Bondurant Project: U.S. Highway 65 intersection with NE 64th/SW 32nd St STP Award Amount: $144,500 in FFY 2016 Total Cost: $716,000 Additional Funding: $500,000 in Traffic Safety Improvement Program funds and $71,500 in Urban-State Traffic Engineering Program funds Included, immediately following, is a map showing the project location. RECOMMENDATION: Recommend the MPO approve the Small Member STP funding award. STAFF CONTACT: Luke Parris, lparris@dmampo.org; (515) 334-0075.

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MPO Executive Committee January 2013 Item No. 8 ISSUE: Unallocated Federal Fiscal Year 2013 Surface Transportation Program Funds REPORT and VOTE: Consider approval of unallocated Federal Fiscal Year 2013 Surface Transportation Program funds. BACKGROUND: In reviewing a recent request for additional Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2013 Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds, the MPO staff identified that there are currently $899,000 in unallocated STP funds for FFY 2013. The STP Funding Subcommittee met on September 18, 2012, and discussed the need to award these additional unallocated funds to eligible MPO projects. At the November MPO meeting, the Policy Committee approved a request from Polk County and awarded $450,000 in FFY 2013 STP funds to the Southwest Connector project. Accounting for that award, there is $449,000 in FFY 2013 STP funds available for allocation. On November 27, 2012, the STP Funding Subcommittee met and recommended the following funding awards for the unallocated FFY 2013 STP funds: Sponsor: City of Urbandale th th Project: NW 100 St. intersection at NW 54 Ave STP Award Amount: $255,000 in FFY 2013 Total Cost: $4,500,000 Additional Funding: $1,900,000 in FFY 2013 STP funds Sponsor: Polk County Project: NW 66th Ave. /Kempton Bridge STP Award Amount: $244,000 in FFY 2013 Total Cost: $24,748,000 Additional Funding: $3,288,000 in FFY 2013 STP funds, $2,661,000 in FFY 2014 STP funds, $900,000 in FFY 2015 STP funds, and $2,000,000 in FFY 2016 STP funds Included, immediately following, are maps showing the project locations. RECOMMENDATION: Recommend the MPO award unallocated FFY 2013 STP funds. STAFF CONTACTS: Luke Parris, lparris@dmampo.org; (515) 334-0075.

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MPO Executive Committee January 2013 Item No. 9 ISSUE: Union Pacific Railroad Projects in Des Moines REPORT AND OPTIONAL VOTE: Report on the Union Pacific Railroads plans to expand their rail yard in Des Moines and potential MPO support for the project. BACKGROUND: The Union Pacific Railroad is proposing to expand their rail yard on the east side of Des Moines. In th th addition to the expansion, the proposed project would close 34 Street and 36 Street crossings and make several improvements to the surrounding roadways and infrastructure. Union Pacific Railroad has approached MPO staff regarding the proposed project and the potential for providing MPO support through the process. Due to inclement weather and the need to reschedule the December Executive Committee and MPO Policy meetings, staff discussed drafting a letter of support for the Union Pacifics application for closure of Hull Avenue, Scott Avenue, and SE 34th & 30th Streets. These closures are consistent with goals 1.3 and 2.7 of Horizon Year 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. The City of Des Moines staff also recommended the street closure. After discussion with Chris Coleman MPO Chair, a letter of support; was prepared by staff, for Union Pacific to use at the City of Des Moines Planning and Zoning Commission meeting held on January 3, 2013. Included, immediately following, is the letter of support. RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends that the MPO continue to support the Union Pacific Railroads proposed expansion project. STAFF CONTACT: Nathan Goldberg, ngoldberg@dmampo.org; (515) 334-0075.

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January 2, 2013 Brenda Mainwaring Director, Public Affairs IA NE Union Pacific Railroad 1400 Douglas Street, Stop 1550 Omaha, NE 68179 Dear Ms. Mainwaring: SUBJECT: Union Pacific Expansion in Des Moines

The Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) offers this letter of support of the Union Pacific Railroads plan to expand the Union Pacific rail yard in Des Moines and make other improvements to the infrastructure in the surrounding area. Increased access to rail and rail capacity are vital to the overall success of the transportation system and to the areas economy. The proposed project is in compliance with goals 1.3 and 2.7 of the Horizon Year 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, which call for improvements to rail infrastructure in the region and the decrease of impedances to freight transportation. Based on these factors the MPO supports Union Pacifics plans to expand and improve the Union Pacific rail yard in Des Moines.

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R. Todd Ashby Executive Director Cc: Chris Coleman, MPO Policy Committee Chair

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MPO Executive Committee January 2013 Item No. 10 ISSUE: Appointment to the Statewide Urban Design and Specifications Board of Directors REPORT and OPTIONAL VOTE: Consider re-appointing Duane Wittstock, City of West Des Moines, as the MPOs representative to the Statewide Urban Design and Specifications Board of Directors. BACKGROUND: Iowa's Statewide Urban Design and Specifications (SUDAS) is an effort among cities, counties, the Iowa Department of Transportation, and Iowa State University's Institute for Transportation (InTrans) to develop and maintain common standards for public improvements. Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Regional Planning Affiliations, and the Iowa DOT currently fund the SUDAS program, which is managed by InTrans. A Board of Directors comprised of licensed engineers that serve two-year terms governs SUDAS. Each MPO is provided an appointment to the Board of Directors. Duane Wittstock, City of West Des Moines, has served as the MPO's representative since 2005. Mr. Wittstock's two-year term expires at the end of 2012. RECOMMENDATION: Re-appoint Duane Wittstock, City of West Des Moines, as the MPOs representative to the SUDAS Board of Directors. STAFF CONTACTS: Dylan Mullenix, dmullenix@dmampo.org; (515) 334-0075.

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MPO Executive Committee January 2013 Item No. 11 ISSUE: Federal Highway Administration Weather Vulnerability Adaptation Options Analysis REPORT and OPTIONAL VOTE: Consider allowing MPO staff to submit an application for a Federal Highway Administration grant to conduct an adaptation options analysis of selected areas within the MPO boundary prone to flooding. BACKGROUND: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is soliciting applications for a Weather Vulnerability Adaptation Options pilot project to study the adaptation options for locations that are vulnerable during extreme weather events and/or the impacts of climate change. The minimum funding the MPO could request is $75,000, and a 100% local match is required. In-kind staff hours may be counted toward the local match. FHWA approximates that four to ten projects will be funded nationwide. The deadline to submit an application to FHWA is January 22, 2013. In December, the MPO staff solicited project locations from the MPOs TTC representatives. The MPO staff received submittals from Des Moines, Johnston, Polk County, and West Des Moines. These submittals included over 40 locations. The MPO staff selected from this list four of the most heavily traveled and impacted routes for the grant application. These routes are: Fleur Drive from George Flagg to Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway (Des Moines); Northwest 66th Avenue from Kempton Bridge to Northwest 26th Street (Polk County/Johnston); Beaver Drive from Johnston Drive to Meredith Drive (Johnston/Polk County); and, Grand Avenue at Raccoon River Park, at 1st Street, and west of Interstate 35 (West Des Moines).

The entire list of roadways provides the MPO with valuable information that can be utilized for other purposes regardless of whether the grant application is successful. If there are other roadways that should be on the overall informational list, please send those routes to MPO staff. RECOMMENDATION: Allow the MPO staff to submit an application to the FHWAs Weather Vulnerability and Adaptation Options pilot program. STAFF CONTACT: Nathan Goldberg, ngoldberg@dmampo.org; (515) 334-0075.

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MPO Executive Committee January 2013 Item No. 12 ISSUE: Transloading Facility Project Update REPORT: Report on the progress of bringing a transloading facility to the Des Moines Region. BACKGROUND: MPO staff, members of the Freight Roundtable and the Greater Des Moines Partnership have been working together with the City of Des Moines to bring a transloading facility to the Des Moines region. A private transloader is currently in negotiations with the City of Des Moines on a location on the east side of the City. Transloading is not currently done in the region and local businesses requiring the service must travel to Ottumwa or Omaha to transload goods. The addition of transloading to the region would be a major benefit to freight and goods movement and to the local economy. RECOMMENDATION: None. Report and discussion only. STAFF CONTACT: Nathan Goldberg, ngoldberg@dmampo.org; (515) 334-0075.

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MPO Executive Committee January 2013 Item No. 13 ISSUE: US 65/Iowa 5 Interstate Designation Update REPORT: Report on efforts to re-designate the US 65/Iowa 5 corridor to an interstate. BACKGROUND: The MPO, on behalf of the Purple Heart Highway Coalition, requested the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) consider designating the US 65/Iowa 5 corridor (i.e., the Purple Heart Highway) as an interstate. The Iowa DOT released a draft report analyzing the feasibility of interstate designation in June 2012. A final version of the study was provided to the MPO in August 2012. On August 8, 2012, representatives from the MPO, the Des Moines International Airport, the Purple Heart Highway Coalition, and the Greater Des Moines Partnership met with the Iowa DOT, including Director Paul Trombino III, to discuss the study and to identify steps to move forward. Director Trombino noted three primary issues to address before moving forward, including determining impacts to local farmers; analyzing any potential impacts to permitting of heavy vehicles; and, determining the proper decision making authority with the Iowa DOT and the Iowa Transportation Commission. On November 27, 2012, MPO staff and the Purple Heart Highway Collaborative held a public meeting with local property owners and farmers to discuss how these parties may be affected by the interstate designation. MPO staff will present additional information about feedback received from property owners and farmers at the January meeting. RECOMMENDATION: None. Report and discussion only. STAFF CONTACT: Todd Ashby, tashby@dmampo.org; (515) 334-0075.

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MPO Executive Committee January 2013 Item No. 14 ISSUE: Horizon Year 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Amendment REPORT: Report and discussion on a requested amendment to the Horizon Year 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (HY 2035 MTP) concerning the Planning Area Boundary update. BACKGROUND: The MPO staff recently received a request from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to amend the HY 2035 MTP to reflect the changes made to the MPOs Planning Area Boundary. Plan amendments require the MPO staff to provide a 45-day comment period and to hold a public input meeting on the amendment. The MPO staff has scheduled a public meeting for Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the MPO office. Staff will provide a summary of comments received regarding the amendment following the meeting and comment period at the February meeting. RECOMMENDATION: None. Report and discussion only. STAFF CONTACT: Zach Young, zyoung@dmampo.org (515) 334-0075.

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MPO Executive Committee January 2012 Item No. 15 ISSUE: Chicago to Omaha Passenger Rail Update REPORT: Report and update on the Chicago to Omaha Passenger Rail initiative. BACKGROUND: In November 2012, the Draft Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Chicago to Council Bluffs-Omaha passenger rail study was completed. The Draft EIS is available for review on the Iowa Department of Transportations (DOT) website at www.iowadot.gov/chicagotoomaha/. The Iowa DOT and the Federal Railroad Administration hosted two public meetings in Iowa to collect comments on the Draft EIS. These meetings provided the DOT with an opportunity to present the findings of the Draft EIS, including the purpose and need for the study, potential environmental impacts, and the basis for the recommend preferred alternative route. The MPO staff has requested that the DOT provide information concerning the outcome of these public engagement meeting and will present more details at the January Meeting. Additionally, the Greater Des Moines Partnership has organized an event to promote passenger rail in central Iowa. The event will feature Patricia Quinn, Executive Director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority. Ms. Quinn will be speaking about the success of passenger rail in their region. The event will also feature Iowa Citys Assistant City manager, Geoff Fruin. Mr. Fruin was formerly with the City of Normal, Illinois and will be discussing how communities can leverage public investment in passenger rail to attract private development and revitalization in their Central Business Districts. The event will take place on January 31, 2013, at 7:30 a.m., at the Renaissance Hotel, Savery Ballroom in downtown Des Moines.

RECOMMENDATION: None. Report and discussion only. STAFF CONTACT: Zach Young, zyoung@dmampo.org; (515) 334-0075.

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MPO Executive Committee January 2013 Item No. 16 ISSUE: Southwest Connector Facility Classification REPORT: Discussion regarding the type of facility the Southwest Connector southwest of Iowa 5 should be to enhance the regional transportation system. BACKGROUND: A corridor study for the Southwest Connector southwest of Iowa 5 is underway. In order to advance the projects basic design concepts, particularly access spacing, a determination must be made about the type of facility the Southwest Connector should be. Consideration must be given to both localized traffic and land use needs, as well as how the facility will fit within the regions long-range transportation system. The Iowa Department of Transportations District staff has asked that the MPO initiate these discussions. The project consultant team seeks input from the MPO on the following questions: What role should the Southwest Connector play to aid in alleviating anticipated regional travel demand on the existing metropolitan highway infrastructure? What type of facility design and character is desired between Iowa 5 and Interstate th 35, and between Interstate 35 and 105 Street (e.g., access-controlled, at-grade intersections vs. access-controlled, grade-separated intersections)? What multimodal elements should be considered in the general Southwest Connector corridor and on the facility itself?

The MPO staff will take any input from committee at the January meeting or via email. RECOMMENDATION: None. Report and discussion only. STAFF CONTACTS: Dylan Mullenix, dmullenix@dmampo.org; (515) 334-0075.

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MPO Executive Committee January 2013 Item No. 17 ISSUE: Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Surface Transportation Program Projects REPORT: Brief report on the Surface Transportation Program Federal Fiscal Year 2017 project applications. BACKGROUND: The deadline for submission of Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2017 Surface Transportation Program (STP) applications was Friday, December 7, 2012. The MPO staff received 24 applications. Included, immediately following, is a listing of the projects that applied for FFY 2017 STP funding. The MPO staff is currently developing preliminary scores for the FFY 2017 STP projects. After the scores are developed, the MPO staff will schedule a meeting of the MPO TTC Engineering Subcommittee to review the preliminary scores. Projects that score 50 points or higher will be considered eligible to receive FFY 2017 STP funding. After the scoring process is complete, the STP Funding Subcommittee will meet in March/April to hear presentations from sponsors with projects that scored 50 points or higher. This workshop provides project sponsors the opportunity to discuss their projects and to answer specific questions from the STP Funding Subcommittee. Following this workshop, the STP Funding Subcommittee will meet to develop a funding recommendation for consideration by the MPO Executive Committee and the MPO Policy Committee. RECOMMENDATION: None. Report and discussion only. STAFF CONTACT: Luke Parris, lparris@dmampo.org; (515) 334-0075.

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Table1:RegionallySignificantMajorConstructionNew ProjectID Sponsor ProjectName 1 DesMoines SoutheastConnector Termini Southeast30thStreettoUS65 East42ndStreettoEast56thStreet $1,000,000 $9,000,000 $1,000,000 $4,450,000 $7,000,000 $63,450,000 STPRequest TotalCost $5,000,000 $50,000,000 EastDouglasAvenueWidening NortheastBeaverbrookeBoulevard Iowa141toNorthJamesStreet Construction

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Table2:RegionallySignificantMajorConstructionExisting ProjectID Sponsor ProjectName Northeast36thStreet 4 Ankeny Reconstruction ParkAvenueWidening

$2,000,000 $6,100,000 $2,200,000 $5,000,000 $3,000,000 $6,500,000 $1,200,000 $2,500,000 $1,400,000 $3,600,000

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6 7 Iowa141toSouthJamesStreet

DesMoines DesMoines

MonarchCementrailroadtracksto Southwest63rdStreet EastArmyPostRoadtoUS69 6thAvenueto10thStreet

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IndianolaAvenueWidening UniversityAvenueWidening Southeast37thStreetWidening andReconstruction

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IntersectionofMerleHayRoadandNW Northwest62ndAvenue/MerleHay 62ndAvenueandNW62ndAvenuewesterly $2,000,000 $4,100,000 RoadIntersectionImprovements toMeadowCrestDrive

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Northwest26thStreettoNorthwestBeaver $4,000,000 $24,748,000 Drive $1,688,900 $4,237,900 $546,000 $1,370,000 $1,200,000 $3,885,000 $2,000,000 $10,500,000 $2,500,000 $5,000,000 $4,325,000 $8,650,000 $8,500,000 $17,000,000 $4,450,000 $8,900,000 $41,009,900 $112,090,900

11 12 13 GrandAvenue 50thStreetWidening GrandTechnologyGateway South60thStreet 105thStreet

Urbandale Urbandale Waukee

Northwest66thAvenue Reconstruction/KemptonBridge Replacement MeredithDriveReconstruction 142ndStreetWidening WideningofAlice'sRoad

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WestDesMoines

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WestDesMoines

128thStreetto142ndStreet HickmanRoadtoWalnutCreek HickmanRoadtoUniversityAvenue RaccoonRiverParkEntrancetoSouth50th Street MillsCivicParkwaytoEPTrueParkway SouthJordanCreekParkwaytoSouth88th Street South60thStreetfromMillsCivicParkway toGrandAvenue Interstate80toMillsCivicParkway

STPRequest

TotalCost

Table3:OtherProjectsMinorConstruction ProjectID Sponsor ProjectName Termini SouthJamesStreetandSoutheast IntersectionofSouthJamesStreetand 19 Grimes 37thStreetTurnLanesand Southeast37thStreet Signalization Total $300,000 $1,000,000 $300,000 $1,000,000

Table4:OtherProjectsPreservation ProjectID Sponsor ProjectName 20 DesMoines EvergreenAvenueBridge Termini OvertheEasterLakeSpillway Interstate35/80toMerleHayRoad RehabilitationofU.S.Highway6 Northeast46thStreetResurfacing

STPRequest TotalCost $400,000 $750,000 $431,000 $5,000,000

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IowaDOT

22

PolkCounty

Northeast94thAvenuetoElkhartCityLimits $380,000 $965,000 $1,211,000 $6,715,000

Total

Termini N/A

STPRequest

TotalCost $1,500,000 $2,640,468 $1,500,000 $2,640,468

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Table5:OtherProjectsAlternativeTransportation ProjectID Sponsor ProjectName DesMoinesArea DARTReplacementVehicle 23 RegionalTransit Purchase Authority Total

Table6:SmallMemberGovernmentPreservation ProjectID Sponsor ProjectName Termini UniversityAvenueResurfacing

STPRequest

TotalCost $197,579 $395,951 $197,579 $395,951

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WindsorHeights

69thStreetto73rdStreet

Total

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MPO Executive Committee January 2013 Item No. 18 ISSUE: Priority Project Solicitation Process REPORT: Discussion regarding the process to develop a list of projects for inclusion in the Greater Des Moines Partnerships Policy Book for the annual trip to Washington, D.C. BACKGROUND: The MPO staff annually works with MPO member governments and participating agencies to develop a list of priority transportation projects to discuss with congressional members during the Greater Des Moines Partnerships annual trip to Washington, D.C. The MPO staff presented a list of projects submitted for consideration at the November meeting. On November 27, 2012, the Surface Transportation Program (STP) Funding Subcommittee met to discuss identifying priority projects from the assembled listing. The STP Funding Subcommittee requested that MPO staff acquire further guidance from congressional staffers and tabled action until this information could be obtained. MPO staff was in Washington, D.C., during the week of December 3, 2012, and met with congressional staffers on this topic. The MPO staff scheduled a meeting of the STP Funding Subcommittee for January 10, 2013. MPO staff will provide additional information at the January meeting. RECOMMENDATION: None. Report and discussion only. STAFF CONTACT: Todd Ashby, tashby@dmampo.org; Luke Parris, lparris@dmampo.org; and, Nathan Goldberg, ngoldberg@dmampo.org; (515) 334-0075.

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MPO Executive Committee January 2013 Item No. 19 ISSUE: MAP-21 and Transportation Alternative Program Funding Updates REPORT: Update on potential funding changes under MAP-21 and the proposal for the Transportation Alternatives Program. BACKGROUND: At its September meeting, the MPO approved a recommendation to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding how funds should be distributed to MPOs and Regional Planning Affiliations (RPAs) under the new transportation bill, MAP-21. The Iowa DOT is working with MPOs and RPAs, as well as other stakeholders, to develop funding scenarios for the allocation of federal funds. MPO staff will provide an update of the process the Iowa DOT is taking to address potential changes, as well as funding options discussed by the Iowa DOT, at the January 9, 2013, Executive Committee meeting. Additionally, the MPO staff is working with the Surface Transportation Program (STP) Funding Subcommittee to review the Iowa DOTs proposal for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Staff notes that under the Iowa DOT proposal, total funds for the TAP would be higher than targets previously identified under the STP Transportation Enhancement set aside. However, the $3.4 million in statewide TAP funds would be available for any other eligible activities (roads, bridges, trails, etc.). The TAP would also provide funds to cover activities previously eligible under the Safe Routes to School program. The MPO staff will meet with the STP Funding Subcommittee on January 10, 2013 to discuss how TAP funds should be distributed.

RECOMMENDATION: None. Report and discussion only. STAFF CONTACT: Dylan Mullenix, dmullenix@dmampo.org; (515) 334-0075.

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MPO Executive Committee

January 2013 Item No. 20 ISSUE: The Tomorrow Plan Update REPORT: Update on activities related to The Tomorrow Plan. BACKGROUND: Beginning in November 2012, the planning team worked to draft The Tomorrow Plan. The MPO received a nearly complete draft of the plan in early January and continues to work with the various committees to review the draft. Comments will be submitted to the consultant team by mid-January. Revisions then will be incorporated into the materials for outreach series #5, Here Comes Tomorrow. The Here Comes Tomorrow events will be open houses around the metro area. The open houses will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm during the last week of January and the first week of February. A flyer with additional details is included on the following page. RECOMMENDATION: None. Report and discussion only. STAFF CONTACT: Bethany Wilcoxon, bwilcoxon@dmampo.org; (515) 334-0075.

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MPO Executive Committee January 2013 Item No. 21 ISSUE: Smart Growth America Technical Assistance REPORT: Report on free technical assistance from Smart Growth America. BACKGROUND: In October, MPO staff submitted an application for free technical assistance to Smart Growth America. In November, staff received word that the MPO was awarded assistance; a copy of the award letter is included on the following page. This assistance provides an introduction to transportation system performance measurement and reporting. Communities can establish objectives-driven planning, programming, and design processes coupled with monitoring and reporting methods that improve the accountability and effectiveness of their transportation programs and systems. The transportation system performance measurement will help build upon the momentum of The Tomorrow Plan as the MPO moves into creating the next long-range transportation plan (LRTP); it will ensure that all projects included in the plan support smart growth and are performance driven. The transportation performance measurement tool will help the MPO strategically select regional priority projects necessary to meet the vision outlined by The Tomorrow Plan; that is, a sustainable future that includes mixed uses, walkable neighborhoods, infill development, and environmental protection, among others. Smart Growth America will bring in an expert team for a workshop on transportation system performance measurement. Staff is working with Smart Growth America staff to finalize the details of the event and will provide any updates available at the January 9, 2013, meeting. RECOMMENDATION: None. Report and discussion only. STAFF CONTACT: Bethany Wilcoxon, bwilcoxon@dmampo.org; (515) 334-0075.

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Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization 420 Watson Powell, Jr., Parkway, Suite 200 Des Moines, IA 50309 ATTN: Bethany Wilcoxon Dear Bethany, It is my pleasure to inform you that your application for the Transportation Performance Measurement workshop has been selected by Smart Growth America for free technical assistance. Demand for this program is very high nationwide. While all of the applications were worthy, yours in particular stood out as among a select few that exhibited the strongest interest in and need for smart growth tools and clearly demonstrated a commitment from local business, community and political leaders to implement local smart growth solutions. We are excited about working with you to develop local solutions to help your community grow in ways that will provide benefits now and for generations to come. Thanks to a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency this technical assistance is offered free of cost to your community. Smart Growth America will pay the costs of the expert team, including salary, travel, materials, etc. The only costs that you may expect will be the costs of participation by your staff, the cost of any local advertising/outreach regarding the workshop itself, and the cost of any refreshments at the workshops. We will work with you to find the right time to conduct the technical assistance workshop. Staff at Smart Growth America will be in contact with you soon about scheduling logistics and next steps. If you have any questions, please direct them to me by email at rmillar@smartgrowthamerica.org or feel free to call me at (406) 544-1963. Once again, congratulations and we look forward to working with you! Sincerely,

Roger M. Millar, PE, AICP Vice President c. Geoff Anderson, President and CEO, Smart Growth America

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MPO Executive Committee January 2013 Item No. 22 ISSUE: MPO Executive Director Annual Review REPORT: Report on the Fiscal Year 2013 MPO Executive Director Annual Review. BACKGROUND: The MPO Chair annually appoints an Executive Director Review Committee (Review Committee) to complete an evaluation of the Executive Directors performance over the past year. Additionally, the MPO staff provides all MPO TTC and Policy representatives with a copy of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 MPO Executive Directors Annual Review Survey. Surveys are also provided to the Chairs of the MPOs multiple subcommittees, the primary representatives of the MPOs advisory and associate member organizations, the MPO staff, and key personnel of the following partner organizations that the MPO works closely with: the Iowa Department of Transportation, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, and the Transportation Management Association. Surveys will be distributed in early January. MPO staff requests that all responses be submitted by February 15, 2013. MPO staff will deliver the responses to the Review Committee for their consideration. RECOMMENDATION: None. Report and discussion only. STAFF CONTACT: Stephanie Muller, smuller@dmampo.org; (515) 334-0075.

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