Via Ira’s email list… an item about advising ODOT on how they prioritize projects. ODOT (Ohio Dept of Transportation) has an advisory council called TRAC (Transportation Review Advisory Council). I haven’t had time to read through the proposal in detail, but obviously the scoring process TRAC uses ends up affecting ODOT projects.
Comments are due to the ODOT people (see below) by November 19th, which is this Wednesday.
ODOT Seeks Comments on TRAC Process
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is seeking comments on revisions to its Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) scoring process. The main proposed changes are to the scoring criteria and weights in the areas of Community Economic Growth and Development Factors and Local Match.
Read the proposal: “Proposed Major New Project Scoring_v3”
Comments must be submitted by November 19, 2008 to:
Thom Slack, Planning & Programs Administrator, ODOT District 6 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Gwinn, Planning & Programs Administrator, ODOT District 5 at email@example.com
The Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) is the entity which ranks and selects all Major/New Program projects in the state of Ohio, which request funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) whether from state or federal sources. The Major/New Program includes projects that request more than $5 million from ODOT funds, and which add capacity or support economic development. The TRAC is composed of nine members from throughout the state. Six members are appointed by the Governor, and one member each by the speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, and the president of the Ohio Senate. The TRAC is chaired by the ODOT Director. Each member has a five-year term. The TRAC director produces a biennial forecast of funds available for Major/New capacity projects. Until recently, this has been projected at $300 million per year. For the last several years no new projects have been added to the Major/New Program because of funding shortages brought on by construction inflation and declining motor fuel tax revenues and other reasons.
More information about TRAC is available via ODOT’s TRAC website.