Special Transportation Studies

In recent years, TCRPC has set aside $90,000 of annual MPO funds to be programmed for local jurisdictions in the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA) to undertake special transportation planning projects. Jurisdictions may apply for all or part of the $90,000, but may not request any amount beyond $90,000. Projects must be complete by the end of the fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). A project may be phased, but there is no guarantee that additional funding will be made available in future years.

Eligible Activities/Projects

Funds must be used for transportation planning projects that meet the requirements of the FAST Act, in particular, 23 USC 134. (These are the same requirements that PPUATS staff uses under its responsibilities as an MPO.)

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Traffic operation – planning studies
  • Corridor plans and feasibility studies,
  • Bicycle/pedestrian plans,
  • Transit planning, including para-transit,
  • Travel demand modeling or GIS,
  • Data collection and analysis,
  • Storm water planning as it applies to transportation,
  • Freight planning, including air
  • Asset management,
  • Transportation system management (environmental mitigation)

This is not a complete list of eligible projects. To determine if your project is eligible, please discuss with staff. Engineering and construction are NOT eligible. Completed projects from past years can be found at the bottom of this page. 

Eligible Applicants

Dues-paying members of PPUATS are eligible to apply for funding. Non-member local jurisdictions within the MPA must be sponsored by a PPUATS member.


FY 19 Application Period will close on August 6, 2018. 

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Past and Ongoing Projects

Bicycle Wayfinding Guide

The City of Peoria worked with Alta Planning + Design to enrich the active transportation experience with enhanced navigation along the Rock Island Greenway.

Click here to view or download the document

Downtown Wayfinding Guide

The City of Peoria sought the assistance of Corbin Design to enhance the downtown pedestrian experience through thoughtful navigation within and between the City Center, Riverfront, and Warehouse Districts.

Tazewell Co. Communities Non-Motorized Wayfinding Study

The Cities of East Peoria, Pekin, and Washington and Village of Morton worked with Farnsworth Group to identify points of interest for non-motorized travel between these communities.

Commercial Area Studies - Village of Peoria Heights

Four Corners Parking and Traffic Study - City of East Peoria

Four Corners was the local name given to the business district established over 100 years ago in East Peoria, Illinois at the intersection of Washington St. and Main St. (Illinois Route 116). The purpose of the Study was to define ways to create a pedestrian-friendly, landscaped corridor with improved access to mass transit and improved nearby parking for adjacent businesses around the historic Four Corners District.

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Corridor Planning and Revitalization Study - Village of Peoria Heights

Derby Street Corridor Study - City of Pekin

Fourth Street Corridor Revitalization Study - City of Chillicothe

Transportation Plan - Cities of East Peoria and Washington

Sterling Avenue Signal Coordination and Timing - City of Peoria

Greater Peoria Multimodal Freight Growth Studies - City of Pekin

The goal of the study was to analyze multimodal freight opportunities in the Greater Peoria Region by (1) identifying existing and/or planned infrastructure; (2) exploring current and/or future freight movement; and (3) identifying and engaging current/future stakeholders.

Both Studies are available on the Freight page of Our Work.

Productive Streets Symposium - City of Peoria

Sidewalk Inventory - City of East Peoria