NWARPC is the designated recipient for the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers AR-MO Urbanized Area for the Urbanized Area Formula Grants that are apportioned by FTA. The apportioned Section 5339 and Section 5307 FTA Urbanized Area Formula funds are utilized by Ozark Regional Transit and Razorback Transit for capital, operating assistance, preventative maintenance, ADA paratransit service and enhancements.
Surface Transportation Block Grant Program-Attributable (STBGP-A) Funding
In 2012, the FTA and the FHWA designated the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO urbanized area as a Transportation Management Area (TMA). This TMA designation provides STBGP-A funds to the NWARPC based on the 2010 Census Urbanized Area population of 295,083.
The Regional Planning Commission/Policy Committee (RPC/Policy Committee) selects projects through a competitive process for STBGP-A funding. The current policy has a focus on selecting projects of regional significance which is defined as an improvement to major routes such as north/south corridors and the east/west corridors and frontage roads that improve access, reduce crash rates, and/or relieve congestions to the north/south routes.
Projects have been selected for FFY 2013 to 2017. These projects have been programmed as part of the NWARPC FFY 2016-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) which has been made part of the 2040 MTP. A list of potential other STBGP-A projects was approved, in 2013, by the RPC/Policy Committee and potentially could be funded with STGBP-A funds.
Additional projects will be selected by the RPC/Policy Committee for FFY 2018 to 2020 and are considered to be made part of the MTP once approved by the RPC/Policy Committee.
Transportation Alternatives Program
The RPC/Policy Committee selects projects through a competitive process for TAP funding. TAP funds are awarded for the construction phase of a selected project. Preliminary Engineering and Final Design, Environmental, Right-of-way, and Utility Relocation is the responsibility of the applicant and must meet federal-aid requirements.
The NWARPC has focused on implementing the NWA Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan projects. Projects have been selected for FFY 2013 through 2017 and have been programmed as part of the NWARPC FFY 2016-2020 TIP which has been made part of the 2040 MTP. Additional projects will be selected by the RPC/Policy Committee and are considered to be made part of the MTP once approved by the RPC/Policy Committee. Funded projects are shown below:
- Mercy Way Trailhead – Razorback Regional Greenway – Rogers
- Town Branch Trail – Fayetteville
- Lake Springdale Trailhead – Razorback Regional Greenway – Springdale
- New Hope Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge – Razorback Regional Greenway – Rogers
- Gordon Long Park Trailhead – Razorback Regional Greenway – Fayetteville
- North Walton Trail – Bentonville
- Dean’s Trail Phase 1 – Springdale
- Riordan Road Trailhead – Bella Vista
- Cave Springs Trail – Cave Springs