The Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) FY 2024-2027 Transportation Improvement Program Amendments.

The MPO Policy Board will be voting on the following TIP amendment at the upcoming meeting on May 2, 2024:

  1. Sioux City Transit System Heavy Duty Bus 40’ Bus #1352 (TPMS # 11140) programmed for a total estimated cost of $639,300 with $543,405 (Section 5339) needs to be deleted.
  2. Sioux City Transit System LoNo 50 kW mobile plug-in charger (TPMS #11168) needs to be programmed for a total estimated cost of $70,000 with $56,000 Federal participation (LoNo 5339) in FY 2024.
  3. Sioux City Transit System Install (2) Level II Charging Stations at MLK Jr. Parking Ramp (TPMS #11164) programmed for a total estimated cost of $75,000 with $60,000 (Section 5307) needs to be deleted.
  4. South Dakota DOT County pavement marking at various locations regionwide needs to be deleted from the program FY 2024 – 2027

The meeting will be held on May 2, 2024 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

Due to road construction, there are only two access points to the SIMPCO/SRTS facility. Directions and a map can be found on the SIMPCO/SRTS website:  https://simpco.org/

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.


Iowa Region IV LEPC is issuing a Request for Proposals from qualified agencies to prepare, administer, and evaluate a Region-wide Full Scale Training Exercise addressing transportation-related hazardous materials incidents. A full RFP can be viewed here. Submitted proposals are due May 1, 2024.

We appreciate your consideration of this request to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of response teams in our region. Please direct inquiries and proposals to:

Dawn Kimmel, Region IV LEPC Facilitator

Email: dkimmel@simpco.org

Subject Line: RFP – Region IV LEPC Regionwide Training Exercise (2024)

Cell: 712.333.4911


The Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the Siouxland Regional Transportation Planning Association (SRTPA) FY 25 Transportation Planning Work Program

Both the SIMPCO MPO and the SRTPA are in the process of developing the Draft FY 2025 Transportation Planning Work Programs (TPWP) with approval scheduled for the MPO on May 2, 2024, and May 23, 2024 for the SRTPA.  The TPWP describes the transportation planning activities staff will undertake during the next fiscal year. Each major activity is described in detail to include the task, objective, previous work, project description, future products, and budgets on each activity. Draft FY 2025 TPWPs are now available for public comment.   The documents may be viewed at SIMPCO: 6401 Gordon Drive, Sioux City IA 51106.  The documents may also be viewed on the SIMPCO website: https://simpco.org/divisions/transportation-planning/transportation-planning-work-programs-tpwp/

The SIMPCO MPO planning area includes the Sioux City Metro:  Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, portions of Woodbury Co., and portions of Plymouth Co. in Iowa; South Sioux City, Dakota City, and portions of Dakota County in Nebraska; and North Sioux City, Dakota Dunes, and portions of Union Co. in South Dakota.

The SRTPA planning area includes the rural portions of Woodbury, Plymouth, Cherokee, Ida and Monona counties in Iowa.

Please submit all comments on the Draft FY 2025 TPWPs on or before April 30, 2024 to Michelle Bostinelos, Executive Director, SIMPCO 712-279-6286 or by email at mbostinelos@simpco.org

The SIMPCO MPO Policy Board meeting will be held on May 2, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. at SIMPCO (6401 Gordon Drive, Sioux City) AND via Zoom video/conference call.  The SRTPA Policy Board meeting will be held on May 23, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. at SIMPCO (6401 Gordon Drive, Sioux City) AND via Zoom video/conference call.  To participate electronically please contact SIMPCO by email at simpco@simpco.org or 712-279-6286 to obtain Zoom meeting ID and passcode.

Due to road construction, there are only two access points to the SIMPCO Office. Directions and a map can be found on the SIMPCO website:  https://simpco.org/

The MPO and SRTPA Policy Board meetings are open to all individuals.  Any person with a special need requiring a 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 meeting.


The Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the Siouxland Regional Transportation Planning Association (SRTPA) Draft Passenger Transportation Plan for FY 2025-2029 (PTP) | April 1, 2024

The Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the Siouxland Regional Transportation Planning Association are in the process of developing the Draft Passenger Transportation Plan for FY 2025-2029 (PTP).  The purpose of the PTP is to incorporate the federal requirement for coordinated planning, as well as address the need-based project justification for all transit projects.  The Draft PTP is now available for public comment.  The document can be viewed at SIMPCO: 6401 Gordon Drive, Sioux City IA 51106 or on the SIMPCO website at:

http://simpco.org/divisions/transportation-planning/passenger-transportation-plan/

In addition, copies of the Draft PTP for FY 2025-2029 will be available for viewing at the following city halls: Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, city of Cherokee, and Le Mars, Iowa; Dakota City and South Sioux City, Nebraska; and the Dakota Dunes Welcome Center and North Sioux City, South Dakota.

The Draft PTP can be found at the following county courthouses: Woodbury County, Plymouth County, Cherokee County, Ida County, and Monona County, Iowa; Dakota County, Nebraska; and Union County, South Dakota.

The public comment period ends May 1, 2024.  Please submit all comments on the Draft PTP for FY 2025 – 2029 to Dawn Kimmel, Regional Planner II (712) 279-6286, FAX (712) 279-6920 or by email at dawn@simpco.org.

Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) will generally, upon request, provide reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in the public process.


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.