Metropolitan Planning Organization FY 2024 – 2027 Transportation Improvement Program Amendments and Modifications.

The MPO Policy Board will be voting on the following TIP amendment at the upcoming meeting on March 7, 2024:

  1. Sioux City Transit System Bus #1341 (TPMS #10298) 35′ Heavy Duty Low Floor ZEB needs to be programed for a total estimated cost of $1,200,000 with $960,000 Federal participation (Section 5339) in FY 2024.
  2. South Dakota DOT Statewide Traveler Communications Strategy needs to be programmed for a total estimated cost of $119,000 with $95,000 Federal participation (State Transportation Innovation Grant) in FY 2024.

In addition, the MPO Policy Board will be informed on the following modification to the TIP:

  1. Sergeant Bluff 1st Street from Faraway entrance to Old Lakeport Road PCC pavement grade and replace to be programmed for a total estimated cost of $2,760,000 with $1,1794,000 Federal participation (STBG) in FY 2024.

The meeting will be held on March 7, at 1:30 p.m. in the SIMPCO Board Room (6401 Gordon Drive, Sioux City) and via Zoom.   To participate electronically, please email or call SIMPCO to obtain the meeting ID and password.   simpco@simpco.org  or by phone at 712-279-6286

Questions or comments on the proposed TIP amendments or modifications should be directed to Michelle Bostinelos, Executive Director, 712-279-6286

To view the current TIP, visit the SIMPCO website: click here and scroll down to the  MPO TIP section.

The MPO Policy Board meetings are open to all individuals.  Any person with a special need requiring reasonable accommodation or transportation to participate in a Policy Board meeting should contact the SIMPCO office at 712-279-6286 at least two (2) business days prior to the Policy Board meeting.


The SRTPA is in the process of developing the draft Long Range Transportation Plan for 2050. SIMPCO staff is seeking public input during the development of this plan. Residents of the region are encouraged to fill out the survey at the link below to contribute their comments between December 1st, 2023, and March 31st, 2024.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Transportation2050

Staff will also be conducting focus groups with residents throughout the region to gather feedback about desired changes and needed improvements in the transportation system. Residents interested in participating in a focus group can reach out to Corinne Erickson, Regional Planner, SIMPCO, at corinne@simpco.org.


Siouxland Regional Transit System Introduces New Partnership to Encourage Shared Rides for Commuters in Our Service Areas

Sioux City, Iowa (May 1, 2023) – As businesses in the area continue to grow and commute costs continue to increase, Siouxland Regional Transit System is creating improvements to the transit system to attract workers to the area while reducing expenses for commuters. In partnership with Commute with Enterprise, Siouxland Regional Transit System is helping to continue to provide an innovative and sustainable shared mobility option: vanpooling.

The Enterprise Commute program, established many years ago, is a coordinated vanpool program available to people who live inside or outside of the service areas of Siouxland Regional Transit System and wish to access jobs in the area.  The program coordinates participants who indicate their interest through various channels such as at their jobsite or via an online portal. The program then matches riders who have similar work shifts in similar areas and who are interested in riding together. Once four or more people are matched, a Commute with Enterprise representative will contact the group to begin working out the details.  Commute with Enterprise then provides a 7-15 passenger vehicle, insurance, maintenance, and ongoing support. Each vanpool is customized to the specific needs of its four or more vanpoolers.

“Our new partnership with Enterprise allows Siouxland Regional Transit System to support the vanpool program and employment needs of local businesses in our community. The vanpool program will be partially subsidized by Siouxland Regional Transit System using local, state, and federal grant funds. The remaining cost is split among the employer and/or participants, with each vanpool rider paying a set fee per month.  Enterprise will provide coordination services and technology, vehicles, liability insurance, scheduled vehicle maintenance, and 24-hour roadside assistance, as well as best practices for cleaning and Complete Clean Starter Kits for new Commuters.

Participants can choose a qualifying vanpool vehicle from Enterprise’s selection of makes and models, including crossovers, SUVs, minivans, and large passenger vans. Vanpoolers may choose to upgrade their vehicles with optional high-end features such as satellite radio and in-vehicle Wi-Fi service.

People who commute to or from the service areas of Siouxland Regional Transit System and are interested in joining the program can visit:

https://simpco.org/divisions/siouxland-regional-transit-system/ and click on landing page link: https://www.commutewithenterprise.com/content/commute/en/partners/SRTS.html

For more information, contact Brian Pearson with Siouxland Regional Transit System at BPearson@simpco.org or Abby Wilcox with Commute with Enterprise at abigail.e.wilcox@ehi.com.