During FY2005, KYOVA revised the Public Participation Process by
reducing the length of time for receiving comments for Amendments to
the Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
from the present 30 day comment period to a 10 day comment period,
effective July 1, 2005. In accordance with Federal Regulation 23 CFR,
Part 450, a 45 day review period has been established prior to the
adoption of any revision to the KYOVA Public Participation Process.
The following procedure is established to fulfill public participation
and comment requirements for all transportation plans and
transportation improvements developed by KYOVA Interstate Planning
Commission. In accordance with 23 CFR Part 450, KYOVA is modifying
existing public involvement procedures, so that citizens, affected
public agencies, representatives of transportation agency employees,
private providers of transportation, and other interested parties have
a reasonable notice of and opportunity to comment on proposed plans
and programs. As part of the metropolitan planning process, a
proactive process has been developed which provides for "complete
information, timely public notice, full public access to key
decisions, and supports early and continuing involvement of the public
in developing plans and programs." Specific planning requirements in
the development of a public involvement process are as follows:
A minimum public comment
period of 45 days before the public involvement process is initially
adopted or revised.
information about transportation issues and process to all interested
parties affected by transportation plans, programs, and projects
within the MPO.
public access to technical and policy information used in the
development of plans and TIPs, and open meetings where matters related
to the Federal-aid highway and transit programs are being considered.
Require adequate public
notice of public involvement activities and time for public review and
comment at key decision points, including but not limited to, approval
of plans and TIPs.
consideration and response to public input received during the
planning and program development process.
Seek and consider the
needs of those traditionally underserved by the existing
transportation system, including but not limited to, low-income and
When significant written
and oral comments are received on the draft transportation plan or TIP
(including the financial plan) as a result of the public involvement
process or the interagency consultation process required under the
U.S. EPA's conformity regulations, a summary, analysis, and report on
the disposition of the comments shall be made part of the final plan
If the final
transportation plan or TIP differs significantly from the one which
was made available for public comment by the MPO and raises new
material issues which interested parties could not reasonably have
foreseen from the public involvement efforts, an additional
opportunity for public comment on the revised plan or TIP shall be
The public involvement
process shall be periodically reviewed by the MPO in terms of their
effectiveness in assuring that the process provides full and open
access to all.
These procedures will be
reviewed by the FHWA and FTA as necessary for all MPOs, to assure that
full and open access is provided to the MPO decision making processes.
The metropolitan public
involvement process shall be coordinated with the statewide public
involvement process wherever possible, to enhance public consideration
of the issues, plans, and programs and reduce redundancies and costs.
Effective July 1, 2005, the period for receiving comments for new
Amendments to the Transportation Plan and the Transportation
Improvement Program was reduced from a comment period of 30 days to a
comment period of 10 days.
Utilizing the above referenced planning requirements, KYOVA
has developed specific procedures to insure full accessibility to all
technical information during the development of plans and TIPs. The
following procedure is established to fulfill these requirements:
I. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
Prior to the development of the draft TIP and Long Range
Transportation Plan, a notice will be placed in the local newspapers
requesting input and/or participation in the development of the
documents. The notice will state the nature of the request with an input
period of thirty (30) days from the date the notice was published. All
comments and/or suggestions received will be documented and included in
the preparation of the preliminary documents.
KYOVA is entering the new millennium in style with a web site
of its own. The site has been under development for the last several
months and is the agency’s latest, and perhaps most technical approach
to promote public involvement. Visitors to this web site can view pages
concerning the mission, organization, and role of KYOVA in the area
transportation process. Visitors may view other pages concerning
transportation information, Transportation Improvement Program and
Regional Transportation Plan. Using material prepared by KYOVA, the
staff created the layout and design of the KYOVA web site. The KYOVA
staff is responsible for maintaining the accuracy of information in the
site. The KYOVA’s web site is at
Prior to the development of the 2006-2009 TIP and 2030 LRTP,
a notice was placed in the local newspapers requesting input and/or
participation in the development of those documents. All comments or
suggestions received were documented and included in the documents.
KYOVA requested airing of the public meeting announcement on public
II. ADDITIONAL PROCEDURES
In addition to public notice in the local newspapers, a
mailing list of all known interested parties will be maintained by the
KYOVA staff. The list will include the KYOVA Policy Board and Technical
Advisory Committee, private providers of transportation, and
representatives of transportation agency employees. Prior to amendments
of the 2004-2007 TIP and amendment of the current LRTP as well as
development of the 2006-2009 TIP and the 2030 LRTP, notices were placed
in the Herald Dispatch and Ironton Tribune, the local newspapers, as
well as in public service announcements for the beginning of next fiscal
year as a part of the public involvement process. Those notices and
announcements requested input and/or participation in the development of
the documents. All comments or suggestions received were recorded and
included in the document. Refer to Appendix c- Evidence of Public
Notification and Participation.
TIP CONFORMITY FOR FY 2006-2009 and 2030
The TIP and Transportation Plan must be in conformance with the CAAA of 1990. This requires that
the projects as shown in the TIP cannot create a situation which will worsen
the quality of the air for ozone during the period of the TIP.
With the issuance of the new Transportation Conformity Regulations, the
Transportation Improvement Programs will address the final regulations
The regulations require that the following be addressed:
51.412 The conformity determination must be based on the latest planning
The conformity analysis for the 2006-2009 is based upon the most recent
available planning data for our region. The assumption used in the conformity
determination address five major categories: Socioeconomic Data, Transportation
Forecasting, Financial Restrictions, Emission Modeling Factors, Transportation
Project Development. For further details consult the KYOVA Transportation
All Transportation projects in the TIP FY 2006-2009 are from the approved
year 2030 Long Range Transportation Plan. Local projects are from the Capital
Improvement Programs of the Local jurisdictions.
51.414 The conformity determination must be based on the latest emission
estimation model available.
The study used the U.S. EPA Mobile 6.1 model.
51.416 The MPO must make the conformity determination according to the
consultation procedures of this rule and the implementation plan revision
required by 51.396.
The Interagency Consultation Process was specified in the Memorandum Of
Understanding (MOU) among KYOVA, WVDOT, and WVAEP, effective August 8, 1994
as part of an DAQ submitted to the U.S. EPA SIP Revision in November, 1994.
52.418 The Transportation Plan, TIP or FHWA/FTA project, which is not from
a conforming plan and TIP, must provide for the timely implementation of
TCMs from the applicable implementation plan
No specific Transportation Control Measures are included in the TIP because
none are required by the federally approved SIP.
51.428 The transportation plan must be consistent with the motor vehicle
emissions budget(s) in the applicable implementation plan or implementation
The Transportation Plan was submitted to the U.S. EPA in April 2005 for
review for Conformity and approved in June 15, 2005. The data submitted was in conformity with the regulations
at that time.
51.430 The TIP must be consistent with the motor vehicle emissions budget(s)
in the applicable implementation plan or implementation plan submission.
The mobile budget, which must be used to test conformity, is specified
in the Huntington area redesignation request as part of the Maintenance
Plan by WVOAQ to the U.S.EPA in March 1994.
51.436 The transportation plan must contribute to emissions reductions
in ozone and CO non attainment areas.
The plan, as indicated above, satisfies the requirement because the area
now has a federally approved emissions budget and is no longer subject to
the interim transitional period requirements.
51.438 The TIP must contribute to emissions reductions in ozone
non attainment areas.
Request for a waiver of the requirements for NOx was made to the U.S. EPA
The plan satisfies the requirement because the area now has a federally
approved emissions budget and is no longer subject to the interim transitional