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Special Transportation Studies

Beginning in Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16), Tri-County has set aside MPO funds annually to be programmed for local jurisdictions in the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA) to undertake consultant-led special transportation planning projects. TCRPC receives funding requests during an annual call for projects, scores them based on set evaluation criteria, prioritizes them with a review committee, and ultimately approves them for funding.

Jurisdictions may apply for all or part of the Special Transportation Studies set aside but may not request any amount beyond the available funding. Projects must be complete by the end of the fiscal year (July 1st to June 30th). 

A project may be phased, but there is no guarantee that additional funding will be made available in future years. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to include two or more jurisdictions and provide local match.

Available Funding

Tri-County requests proposals from local jurisdictions within the Peoria-Pekin Urbanized Area for special transportation planning projects. A total of $123,000 of FY 2023 Planning Funds have been programmed for special transportation studies. Proposals will be accepted until July 15, 2022, at 4:00 pm CDT. Proposals received after that date and time will not be considered.

You can download the FY 2023 Special Transportation Studies Call for Projects here.

Project Schedule



June 15, 2022

Staff releases Call for Projects

July 15, 2022

Project proposals due to staff by 4:00 pm

July 20, 2022

Staff establishes a Review Subcommittee

Week of August 1, 2022

The Review Subcommittee reviews proposals and makes recommendations to Technical Committee

August 17, 2022

Technical Committee makes a recommendation for selected project(s) to Commission

September 7, 2022

Commission approves the selected project(s)

Application Procedure

Tri-County’s Special Transportation Studies require a simple application. The application process requires two documents: 

  1. Special Studies Application – Fillable .pdf that requests sponsoring agency information, joint agency information (if applicable), funding request amount, project title, project summary, and the selection of goals the proposed project meets in the IIJA and LRTP 2045. You can download the FY 2023 Special Studies Application here.  
  2. Scope of Work and Detailed Budget – Along with the Special Studies Application, please submit a proposed Scope of Work with a detailed budget (including local match, if applicable). The Scope of Work and detailed budget can be no more than two pages. The formatting should be 1-inch margins with Calibri font sized at 12-points.

Application Submittal 

All applications should be saved as a .pdf document and emailed to Michael Bruner at 

Eligible Applicants

Funds must be used for transportation planning projects that meet the requirements of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), in particular, 23 USC 134. These are the same requirements that Tri-County 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 it with staff. Engineering and construction are NOT eligible.

Previously funded Projects

Below is a listing of previously completed projects organized by funding year.

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