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KIPDA Newsletter November 2015

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MONTHLY MEETING NOTICE
 
Meeting Date Time Location
       
KIPDA Municipal Clerks Association Wednesday, Nov. 4 11:30 a.m. KIPDA Burke Room
Transportation Technical
Coordinating Committee Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 10 1:00 p.m.  
KIPDA Burke Room
 
Healthy Reentry Coalition Tuesday, Nov. 17 10:00 a.m. KIPDA Burke Room
Transportation Policy Committee Meeting Tuesday, Nov. 24 9:30 a.m. Louisville Marriott East
Regional Transportation Council Meeting Tuesday, Nov. 24 10:00 a.m. Louisville Marriott East
KIPDA Board of Directors’ Meeting Tuesday, Nov. 24 11:00 a.m. Louisville Marriott East

           
 
*** Email jarrett.haley@ky.gov if you have any questions. ***
 
*Since there is the possibility that a meeting could be canceled, relocated or rescheduled please call the KIPDA office at (502) 266-6084 to confirm a meeting prior to attending.
 
Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency will make every reasonable accommodation to assist qualified disabled persons in accessing available services or in attending agency activities.  If there is a need for KIPDA to be aware of a specific accommodation, you are encouraged to contact this agency at least one week in advance of the meeting so that suitable arrangements can be considered for the delivery of the service or attendance requirement prior to the activity.
 
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
 

Public Administration Division

Kentucky EPA FY15 Brownfield Grant
Guidance Released

FY 2016 Brownfield Grant Guidance
Announced—Due
Dec. 18, 2015


Guidance for the FY 2016 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfield Grants is available at the links below. Applications must be submitted through grants.gov this year. Check out the EPA’s grants.gov tip sheet. 

Assessment

Cleanup

Revolving Loan Fund

Guidance and more valuable information, including Frequently Asked Questions, will be posted on the EPA Brownfield funding page soon and can be found at http://www2.epa.gov/brownfields/apply-brownfields-grant-funding. Grant Writing Resources including checklists, sample support letters and successful grant applications can be found on the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program website at http://dca.ky.gov/brownfields/Pages/grantwritingresources.aspx.

If you are interested in submitting a grant, you must have a letter of support from the state program. Contact amanda.lefevre@ky.gov or herb.petitjean@ky.gov for more information. 

 

Grant Review
 

The Brownfield Redevelopment Program will be holding its annual grant review party to help applicants strengthen their applications. Participants will bring several copies of their grants for review and will leave with feedback from program staff, consultants and peers. There is no charge for this event.

 

Brownfield Grant Review Party

Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (EST)

300 Fair Oaks Lane

Frankfort, KY 40601

Conference Rooms 301B and 301C

 

You must register to attend. Contact Amanda LeFevre at 800-926-8111 or envhelp@ky.gov to register. 

The program will also be offering individual grant reviews either by teleconference or by appointment at our office. To set up an appointment, contact Amanda LeFevre or Herb Petitjean by e-mail or by phone at 800-926-8111.

Informational Resources

The following resources can provide some good stats and data for your application.

U.S. Census Bureau                           www.census.gov

Kentucky State Data Center               http://ksdc.louisville.edu/

National Clandestine Laboratory Register
                                         http://www.justice.gov/dea/clan-lab/clan-lab.shtml

Disaster Declarations                         http://www.fema.gov/disasters

Bureau of Labor Statistics                  http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.ky.htm

Annie E. Casey Foundation               http://www.aecf.org/work/kids-count/

America’s Health Rankings                http://www.americashealthrankings.org/

Rural Data Portal                                http://www.ruraldataportal.org/

Sustainable Communities HotReport
http://thedataweb.rm.census.gov/TheDataWeb_HotReport2/EPA2/EPA_HomePage2.hrml

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Urban Waters Small Grants
 

The EPA is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants for projects that will advance the EPA’s water quality and environmental justice goals. Proposed projects will address urban runoff pollution through diverse partnerships that produce multiple community benefits, with emphasis on underserved communities. Visit our Urban Waters Small Grants website for details on the Request for Proposals (RFP) including eligibility criteria. Proposals must be submitted by Nov. 20, 2015.

Urban Waters Small Grants Information Session

Join the EPA on Thursday, Oct. 22, for a webinar to learn and ask questions about this RFP and how your community or organization can get involved! Click here to register for the Urban Waters Small Grants Information Session. 

Kentucky Environmental Justice Workshop–Oct. 30, 2015
 

The EPA is hosting a no-cost Environmental Justice (EJ) workshop for various stakeholder groups in Kentucky. The workshop will provide attendees with fundamental knowledge of EJ, best practices for addressing EJ concerns, benefits of considering EJ throughout the decision making process, community engagement techniques and effective stakeholder communication.

 

Who should attend? Environmental regulators, industry representatives, city administrators, public officials, educators and community members

 

What will you learn? Why you should consider EJ in decision making, policy development, etc.; innovative ways of community engagement; how to prepare for stakeholder engagement; how to get involved in the regulatory process; and what opportunities there are for community involvement. You must register for this event.

 

The Center for Environmental Policy & Management at the University of Louisville has in the past partnered on USEPA Brownfields Assessment and Area-wide Planning grants as a provider in planning and technical assistance, community and stakeholder engagement, and community profile reports. Please contact us for more information: Carol Norton, AICP, 502-852-8042, carol.norton@louisville.edu or Dr. Lauren Heberle, 502-852-4749, lauren.heberle@louisville.edu .


 
Kentucky Infrastructure Authority
2017 SRF Call for Projects
The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) and the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) are announcing the 2017 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the 2017 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Call for Projects. The 2017 Call for Projects will be open from October 1, 2015 to December 11, 2015. Project submittals will happen electronically and will be coordinated through the Area Water Management Councils. No paper submittals will be accepted.
To view the Call for Projects announcement letters please click on one of the following links:

2017 Clean Water SRF Call for Projects

2017 Drinking Water SRF Call for Projects

The State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs are low interest loan programs for drinking water, wastewater, stormwater or nonpoint source projects. If you are interested in receiving funding from either SRF loan program, you must coordinate with your Area Water Management Council to update information on your project. WRIS project information will be used by the Division of Water to rank the projects based on the published set of criteria.

If you have questions about completing the questionnaire or project eligibility for priority list inclusion, please contact Cindy McDonald (cindy.mcdonald@ky.gov) or Jory Becker (jory.becker@ky.gov) of the Water Infrastructure Branch at (502) 564-3410. For more information on loan requirements, terms or eligibility contact Jami Johnson (jami.johnson@ky.gov) or Brandi Norton (brandi.norton@ky.gov) of KIA at (502) 573-0260.

Other important links associated with KIA and DOW funding programs:

KIA Loan Programs
Federally Assisted Wastewater Revolving Loan (CWSRF)
Federally Assisted Water Revolving Loan (DWSRF)

WRIS Portal - Project Profile
WRIS Portal - System Information
Clean Water Project Profile Pre-Application
Drinking Water Project Profile Pre-Application

DOW Clean Water State Revolving Fund
DOW Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
DOW Nonpoint Source Grants
 
How Demographics Are Changing
Our Communities Presentation
This presentation by Taylor Siefer Williams Design Group looks at emerging trends in America and the impacts on design and planning. This demographic report by Amy Williams was first given at the Regional Planning Council on October 13, 2015. Please click here for full presentation.

Social Services Division

Kynect Open Enrollment 2016 is Ready to Begin!

Kynect Open Enrollment for 2016 is ready to begin.  November 1, 2015 -January 31, 2016 you may apply, browse plans and choose a health care plan for you or your family for 2016.  If you are not eligible for Medicaid and do not have a qualifying event, this is your only opportunity to enroll in health care coverage.
 
Depending on the county where an individual lives, kynect enrollees could choose from as many as seven insurance companies with expanded provider networks offering a total of 86 private health insurance plans. The insurance carriers for 2016 are Aetna, Anthem, Baptist Health, CareSource, Humana, United Healthcare and WellCare. Two insurers, Anthem and United Healthcare of Kentucky, will offer plans to residents in all 120 Kentucky counties.

The Kentucky Health Cooperative will not offer plans on the exchange for 2016. Current policyholders with the Kentucky Health Cooperative will continue to be covered through their existing policies, most of which expire Dec. 31, 2015. To ensure their coverage remains uninterrupted, co-op members will need to enroll in one of the other private insurance options available to them on kynect prior to Dec. 15, 2015. 

New this year, kynect now features a shopping tool that will further assist consumers in targeting their search for the plan that best fits their unique insurance needs. The shopping tool can help estimate the annual medical cost for a household and help determine the most cost-effective plans available for individuals and families on kynect.

Also new this year, kynect offers stand alone dental insurance plans for consumers of any age, including those already receiving Medicare.  There are eleven (11) dental policies offered by 6 insurance companies to cover a variety of dental needs.  Low monthly rates from $15.71-$38 per month.

Many Kentuckians qualify for special discounts and subsidies on their health insurance, which are only available for plans purchased through kynect. Individuals can determine if they qualify for discounts or tax credits by visiting the kynect website and using the pre-screening tools.

All plans sold on kynect must offer 10 essential health benefits, including doctor visits, hospitalization and emergency care; maternity and newborn care; pediatric care, including dental and vision coverage; prescriptions; medical tests; mental health care and substance abuse treatment; physical, speech and occupational therapy; and wellness checks. All plans must cover preventive care at no extra cost to the consumer, including flu and pneumonia shots and routine vaccinations. Plans must also cover most cancer screenings, such as mammograms and colonoscopies.

Building upon the success of kynect and Medicaid expansion, in February 2014, Governor Beshear launched the kyhealthnow initiative to track the progress of health care reforms and advance the well-being of Kentucky’s citizens. The initiative identifies seven major health goals and detailed strategies to meet those goals by 2019.

In March 2015, the kyhealthnow oversight team, chaired by Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen, released its first annual report, which cited measurable improvements in six of the seven major kyhealthnow goals, including reduced smoking and tobacco use, increased cancer screenings and prevention and a decline in the number of cardiovascular deaths.
A reminder that health coverage is required by law.  Those who are uninsured three or more months of the year may have to pay a penalty, and the penalties are increasing again for 2016.

Individuals who need health insurance are encouraged to contact a KIPDA kynector to see their options for quality, affordable health coverage in 2016. Medicaid enrollment is open at any time.  Find out where we will be by using the kynect mobile app, or at kipda.org Social Services Calendar page with the kynect calendar.  We will be at the Mall of St. Matthews Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm at the retail store accepting applications and assisting clients.  You may also call KIPDA at 502-266-5571 and be matched with a kynector.

Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period
The Medicare Open Enrollment Period each fall is the time of year when you can change your Medicare coverage. Even if you are happy with your current coverage, it is important to explore other options because another plan may better suit your individual needs during the upcoming year. Open enrollment is also the time of year when agents and brokers are marketing Medicare health plans. Marketing can begin October 1st. It’s important to know ways of identifying and preventing marketing violations and fraud.
 
Know the changes you can make during Open Enrollment.
 
During Open Enrollment, you can change the way your Medicare health coverage is delivered (through Original Medicare versus a Medicare Advantage Plan), and add, drop or change Medicare drug coverage (Part D). You can join a new Medicare Advantage Plan or Part D plan and also return to Original Medicare with or without a stand-alone Part D plan. Open Enrollment lasts from October 15th to December 7th each year, and the changes you make during this time will take effect January 1st.
 
Understanding your current coverage will enable you to make an informed decision about your coverage for 2016. Read your plan’s Annual Notice of Change (ANOC), which you should have received by September 30. The ANOC lists any upcoming changes in your plan, including costs for health and drug benefits. It is critical to review the revised formulary and pharmacy/provider network listing to ensure that all of your drugs will still be covered next year and that your providers/pharmacies are still in the plan’s network. Because plans can make changes in their offerings every year, your current plan may not be your best choice for 2016. It is important to remember that membership in your plan automatically renews each year unless you choose to change your coverage.
 
Match your needs with the appropriate plan choice.
 
Contact the KIPDA State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) at 502-266-5571 for one-on-one assistance with reviewing your 2016 plan options. When comparing plans, we will look first at whether the plan covers all the drugs you take and has all of your providers and pharmacies in its network. Next, we will look at the plan costs:  premium, deductible, and copayments. Select the best plan for your needs then call the plan to confirm the information before you enroll. Keep a record of your conversation with the plan representative. This may help protect you if you later have any problems with your enrollment.
 
We can also help review the star ratings of plans. Medicare reviews plan performance each year and releases new star ratings each fall. The Five-Star Quality Rating System is used to measure how well Medicare Advantage Plans and Part D plans perform. Medicare scores how well plans did in several categories, including quality of care and customer service. Ratings range from 1 to 5 stars, with five being the highest and one being the lowest score. It is important to note that a plan’s star rating is only one factor to look at when you compare plans in your area. Even though a plan has a high star rating, it may not be right for you.
 
Protect yourself from marketing violations and fraud.
 
Medicare has rules about how plans can market themselves and their services during Open Enrollment. Knowing about some of these rules can help you protect yourself from dishonest agents or brokers -- or scam artists posing as agents and brokers. Though plans are allowed to send you mail, plans are not allowed to call, e-mail, visit your home, or approach you in public to market their plan without your permission. Plan agents and brokers are not allowed to give you gifts in exchange for your enrollment into a plan.
 
Verify everything a plan agent or broker tells you before making your final decision. For example, if a broker tells you that your doctor is part of the plan's network, call your doctor to double-check. Importantly, you should never feel pressured to join any plan. To ensure you are not being misled, be particularly suspicious of plan representatives or people who:
 
  • Pressure you with time limits, seeking to enroll you in their plan, regardless of whether or not it meets your needs
  • Tell you they represent Medicare and request your Medicare number, Social Security number, or bank account number, such as in exchange for a gift or service.
  • Say you will lose your Medicare benefits unless you sign up for a certain plan
As an added safeguard before you enroll, make sure you understand what a plan is offering you and get it in writing. How does it affect your Medicare and other health benefits (like Medicaid or your retiree/union coverage)? Does it cover the drugs you need? Review the facts before you enroll, and contact KIPDA SHIP at 502-266-5571 for trusted and unbiased source for assistance
November is National Diabetes Month

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are about 30 million people in the United States living with diabetes. In addition to this staggering number, an additional 86 million individuals have prediabetes, which puts them at risk for developing diabetes. Some estimates state that diagnosed diabetes will cost the United States about $245 billion, which doesn’t take in account the large amount of people who go undiagnosed. These numbers help show that the United States, and in our case Kentucky, need to work hard to address the large prevalence of diabetes.

National Diabetes Month was created in an effort to raise awareness of the disease, and to help people prevent or manage their diabetes. KIPDA has been actively involved in chronic disease management in our community, and created diabetes coalitions in three of our counties as well. These coalitions have had diabetes day events every November for the last few years, and will continue to do so even though grant funding has ended. See the flyer below to see how you can get involved with diabetes care and prevention in your community. 

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are about 30 million people in the United States living with diabetes. In addition to this staggering number, an additional 86 million individuals have prediabetes, which puts them at risk for developing diabetes. Some estimates state that diagnosed diabetes will cost the United States about $245 billion, which doesn’t take in account the large amount of people who go undiagnosed. These numbers help show that the United States, and in our case Kentucky, need to work hard to address the large prevalence of diabetes.

National Diabetes Month was created in an effort to raise awareness of the disease, and to help people prevent or manage their diabetes. KIPDA has been actively involved in chronic disease management in our community, and created diabetes coalitions in three of our counties as well. These coalitions have had diabetes day events every November for the last few years, and will continue to do so even though grant funding has ended. See the flyer below to see how you can get involved with diabetes care and prevention in your community. 

National Information and Referral Day
November 16, 2015

 
November 16, 2015 is National Information and Referral Day affirmed by the U.S. Senate to raise public awareness to the existence and importance of information and referral being available to all people in the United States.  Every day hundreds of people across the country find the help they need quickly, conveniently and free of charge because of information and referral services provided by the Aging and Disability Resource Centers and other similar agencies.

This national day recognizes just how important the I&R process is in serving as a vital link between community members and the social, human and health service agencies available to assist them. There are fifteen Aging and Disability Resource Centers in Kentucky.  They are all housed in the fifteen Area Development Districts.  KIPDA is the Aging and Disability Resource Center for Jefferson, Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties.

KIPDA has three full time Information & Referral specialists that work diligently to assist callers who are in search of critical services and often don’t know where to begin looking for help.  Within the Aging and Disability Resource Center, staff support each caller, assisting with their unique needs and providing resources and referrals to the programs that are designed specifically to aid.  Individuals in our community are in need of critical services such as financial assistance, food, shelter, child care, jobs, aging services and support and often do not know where to begin to find them.  Often, the caller has become overwhelmed in trying to locate services they or a family member need, sometimes running into dead ends. The KIPDA ADRC assist each caller in researching services available and directing them to the right path.

Take time to recognize the thousands of Information and Referral Specialist throughout the country on November 16th, but don’t forget to recognize KIPDA’s Aging and Disability Resource Center as well.

 Contact KIPDA SHIP at 502-266-5571 for trusted and unbiased source for assistance
R·E·S·P·I·T·E”    
The Theme for National Family Caregivers Month
November 2015
 
Respite: Care for Caregivers”
Respite is the chance to take a breather, the opportunity to reenergize and it is an important item on a caregiver’s to-do list.  Respite is the key to a caregiver’s own well-being.  Respite protects a caregiver’s health, strengthens family relationships, prevents burn-out and allows loved ones to stay home up to three times longer.  Respite is one of the most frequently requested support services for family caregivers.

R       is for “Rest and Relaxation”
          Everyone needs a little “R and R’ – especially family caregivers.  Relaxing is the
best way to returned refreshed to handle your many responsibilities as a caregiver.
 
E       as in “Energize”
Caregiving is often 24/7.  Respite is necessary to help you reenergize, reduce stress and provide care for your loved one.
 
S       as in “Sleep”
Caregivers often have sleep problems.  Address sleep problems before they take too great a toll on your health.
 
P       is for “Programs that can help”
Respite – can be in the home or out of the home – can be hard to find but there are programs available to help.
 
I         as in “Imagination”
Let your mind run free; read a book, talk a walk, see a movie.  Refreshing your mind will help you be a better caregiver.
 
T       as in “Take Five”
          You need a reprieve – a few minutes to temporarily disengage.
 
E       is for “Exhale”
          A few deep breaths can give you more energy, reduce stress and lift your mood.

 

Transportation Division

1st Business Expo Draws Big Turnout

KIPDA’s Transportation Division and Ticket-to-Ride had an eventful day during this year’s One Southern Indiana (1st) Business Expo. The event, held October 22, 2015 at Kye’s in Jeffersonville, attracted professionals from Southern Indiana and Louisville. The Business Expo is considered Southern Indiana's largest business to business expo. From noon until 6 p.m. it featured opportunities to benefit businesses through relationship building, networking, tastings and a silent auction.

Our representatives talked with community leaders, business owners, transportation activists, and area high school students about what they would like to see in Southern Indiana in the future. It was also great to meet teachers who want their students to learn more about transportation planning.

The theme this year was a sporty "Welcome To The Big Leagues." Many of the 100 exhibitors decorated their booth with football or baseball flair and even dressed in jerseys and referee gear! The Business Expo drew more than 500 attendees to an interactive trade show, offering all who participated the opportunity to expand beneficial relationships with other Southern Indiana and Louisville businesses.

KAGC Fall Conference Gets Spirited
On October 23, 2015 members from around the Commonwealth gathered for the fall conference of the Kentucky Association of Government Communicators (KAGC) at My Old Kentucky Home State Park, in Bardstown. The theme of the conference was Kentucky Spirits and featured speakers in the booming bourbon industry and others. The Community Outreach Specialist for the KIPDA Transportation Division and the Marketing Representative for Ticket-to-Ride were part of the conference.
 

After a light breakfast and opening remarks from KACG President, Rob Weber, the group listened to Kristin Meadors, the Director of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs for the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. Meadors’ topic was “The Campaign Heard Around the World: The Success of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®.” The Kentucky Distillers’ Association took conference attendees behind the scenes of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® to bring the history, heritage and highlights of the worldwide media campaign to life. Meadors offered tips for using the media to cover events and ways to cultivate creative campaigns for other government agencies. She also discussed how the Kentucky Distiller’s Association’s is working with federal officials on trade issues and expanding global opportunities for Kentucky’s signature Bourbon industry.
 

The Legislative Research Commission’s photo director, Mike Sunseri, spoke next and taught participants how to take quality photographs with your phone or camera while covering a government event or meeting. Sunseri gave a humorous list of “11 Steps to Amp Up Your Photography Skills”. Following his slideshow, he challenged the group to go on a photo safari throughout the grounds of My Old Kentucky Home, using the tips he gave. Later he provided feedback after the safari and reviewed the pictures. The beautiful fall weather provided an excellent background for the photo safari.
 



The guests enjoyed lunch and went on a guided tour of Historic Federal Hill, the 1795 Colonial mansion and former home of U.S. Senator John Rowan and known throughout the world as “My Old Kentucky Home.” The grounds were decorated for Halloween and there were interesting tidbits about the season throughout the tour.

After the tour, Carla Carlton- “The Bourbon Babe” gave a presentation on “Spirited Blogging” and how to gain followers on social media. The award-winning bourbon journalist, speaker and celebrity shared her tips for crafting and cross-promoting an industry blog with savoir faire.

 

The day was very educational and a great way for all government communicators to network and cultivate new relationships around the Commonwealth!

Metro Opens Section of the Louisville Loop
on the Levee
A new section of the Louisville Loop bicycle path, the Watson Lane Trailhead, opened to great enthusiasm October 13, 2015. Mayor Greg Fischer, District 14 Metro Councilperson Cindi Fowler, Metro Parks Officials, LG&E representatives and Louisville Bike Club members were there for the dedication and ribbon-cutting of the new 2.66 miles segment from Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, to the Mill Creek Generating Station in southwest Louisville.


Planning for this new segment began in spring 2009, when the KIPDA
Transportation Division and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet secured funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“By traveling on this section of the Loop, you get a really interesting sense of our community.” Fischer said during the press conference. “You’ve got a lot of diversity. It’s probably the most diverse part of the Loop in terms of visual scenery.”
The Louisville Loop is proposed as a 100-mile paved shared-use path encircling the city of Louisville. The newly-opened portion is the first new addition to the Ohio River Levee Trail section in seven years.


The Ohio River Levee Trail section of the Louisville Loop now stretches almost 26 miles from the Big 4 Bridge east of downtown Louisville, through downtown; west Louisville and the historic Portland neighborhood; Lannan, Chickasaw and Shawnee parks; and then through Rubbertown, Greenwood, Pleasure Ridge Park and Valley Station before connecting with Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, and the new segment.


With this new section complete and an additional segment added in the Parklands of Floyd’s Fork in east Louisville last year, almost 40 percent of the Loop is complete.
When completed, the Louisville Loop will pass within a mile of the majority of the city’s population and will connect directly to some of the largest employment centers in the city.
The project also includes a new trailhead near the LG&E Mill Creek Generating Station that includes a parking area with accessible parking spaces, a drinking fountain, bike racks, benches, trash receptacles, Louisville Loop signage/wayfinding information, and even a TARC bus turnaround.
 
UofL’s Sustainability Day Raises Awareness During Homecoming Week.
 
The KIPDA Transportation Division and Ticket-to-Ride Program were happy to take part in the Campus Sustainability Day Fair at the University of Louisville October 21sr. The event took place from 10am-2pm under the big sustainability tent on the main Belknap campus Quad between the Ekstrom Library & the Humanities Building. It was an excellent way to hear from students and staff about their concerns and see their enthusiasm for sustainable transportation. 

The school bills the event as: "A celebration of all things sustainable at UofL and in our community! Learn about what various campus and community groups are doing to create a sustainable revolution.

Sign-up to get involved. Leave with some freebies, great information, and a smile on your face!"

We were excited to hand out bicycle lights, information about ride sharing and collecting valuable feedback from students about their thoughts on transportation in the region. It was a great opportunity to raise awareness about what KIPDA Transportation Division and Ticket-to-Ride have been doing to advance social, environmental & economic stewardship.
 
TIGER Grants Awarded to Regional Projects
 
The U.S. Department of Transportation will provide $500 million for 39 transportation projects in 34 states, some projects spanning several states, from its 2015 TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) program.  Among the projects selected are three from the KIPDA region. They include:

APPLICANT/SPONSOR: Ports of Indiana
TIGER GRANT AWARD: $10,000,000
TOTAL PROJECT COST: $17,000,000

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This TIGER grant will provide funding to construct a double rail loop and rail-to-barge transfer facility with additional rail and turnouts. The project also includes construction of a nearly mile-long rail siding extension that will allow rail carriers to deliver a 90-car unit train to the port. The project will also construct a truck-to-rail intermodal facility in the vicinity of Connector Road to accommodate increasing truck traffic expected from the East End Bridge over the Ohio River.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS AND BENEFITS: The project will increase the Port of Indiana – Jefferson’s freight handling capacity to help the Port meet increasing global demand for agricultural commodities and other bulk materials. The rail loops and intermodal facility will increase the loading and unloading capacity of the port and enhance multimodal freight connectivity, which improves long-term efficiency, reliability, and costs in the movement of goods.

APPLICANT/SPONSOR: Kansas Department of Transportation Indiana Department of Transportation Iowa Department of Transportation Kentucky Department of Transportation Michigan Department of Transportation Minnesota Department of Transportation Ohio Department of Transportation Wisconsin Department of Transportation
TIGER GRANT AWARD:
$25,000,000
TOTAL PROJECT COST: $28,666,364

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This TIGER grant will provide funding to implement a regional truck parking information management system using existing ITS technology on major truck freight routes in eight states. The information will be disseminated through smartphone applications, dynamic road signage, websites, and parking facilities. This innovative project will help truckers more quickly and reliably identify accurate and up-to-date information about the availability of safe truck parking for needed rest and overnight stays.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS AND BENEFITS: This project optimizes the usage and performance of existing facilities. Safe and reliable access to truck parking reduces overcrowding at rest areas and truck stops and decreases the number of unsafe incidents involving commercial vehicles parked on the shoulders and ramps of highways. Additionally, the multi-state coalition using the system across an eight-state region represents one of the largest geographic areas of ITS deployment of truck parking technology.

APPLICANT/SPONSOR: Louisville Metro Government
TIGER GRANT AWARD: $16,910,000
TOTAL PROJECT COST: $28,910,000

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This TIGER grant will provide funding to install Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) infrastructure, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) upgrades (including transit signal priority), and complete streets improvements along approximately 15 miles of Dixie Highway (US 31W), a congested regional transportation corridor. The ITS improvements include transit signal priority equipment and signal phasing improvements to prioritize transit. The complete streets roadway and safety improvements include pedestrian facilities, intersection improvements, and new roadside urban design elements including raised medians and driveway consolidations, turn lanes, signage, and striping upgrades.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS AND BENEFITS: By implementing ITS upgrades and complete streets improvements along Dixie Highway, the project will contribute to the future development of Louisville's first BRT system. The complete streets components of this project will improve safety on a corridor where 34 fatalities have occurred since 2010. The project enhances transportation efficiency, which will help the corridor continue to develop, attract new businesses and connect residents to destinations, resulting in greater economic competitiveness. More efficient travel along the corridor will reduce travel costs for users, improving quality of life. The project also enhances environmental sustainability by incorporating permeable surfaces to more effectively manage storm water runoff.
 
The Department received 627 eligible applications from 50 states and several U.S. territories, including Tribal governments, requesting 20 times the $500 million available for the program ( or $10.1 billion) for needed transportation projects.

“Transportation is always about the future. If we're just fixing today's problems, we'll fall further and further behind. We already know that a growing population and increasing freight traffic will require our system to do more," said Secretary Foxx. “In this round of TIGER, we selected projects that focus on where the country’s transportation infrastructure needs to be in the future; ever safer, ever more innovative, and ever more targeted to open the floodgates of opportunity across America.”

This is the seventh TIGER round since 2009, bringing the total grant amount to $4.6 billion provided to 381 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, including 134 projects to support rural and tribal communities. Demand for the program has been overwhelming, with the Department of Transportation receiving more than 6,700 applications requesting more than $134 billion for transportation projects across the country.

The GROW AMERICA Act, the Administration’s current surface transportation legislative proposal, would keep TIGER roaring with $7.5 billion over six years for additional grants.

Click here for additional information on individual TIGER grants.
and Ticket-to-Ride have been doing to advance social, environmental & economic stewardship.
 
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