The Rochester-Olmsted Council of Governments (ROCOG) was established in November 1971 to provide comprehensive planning services to member local government units. It was organized to comply with the Federal Aid Highway Act, which requires that all urbanized areas with a population of more than 50,000 have an organization designated by the Governor of the state that is responsible for implementation and maintenance of a regional transportation planning program.
Draft 2022-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
The Rochester-Olmsted Council of Governments (ROCOG) has released a draft of the 2022-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), for a 30-day public comment period. The TIP is a multi-year program of federally funded transportation improvements in the Rochester-Olmsted County region.
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Every year, the MPOs in Minnesota assemble for a workshop to exchange knowledge and ideas. Topics usually include federal and state funding programs, major construction and technology projects, and key planning efforts that look to the future. ROCOG hosted the 2020 Summer Workshop, held virtually because of the social-distancing requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a prioritized list of transportation projects proposed for implementation in the Rochester Olmsted Council of Governments (ROCOG) planning area over the next four years. TIP projects are taken either directly from the current ROCOG Long Range Transportation Plan or from local projects that conform to the Plan. Local units of government, along with state and federal transportation agencies, use development of the TIP to designate short-term transportation priorities for the planning area.
This ROCOG 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) represents another step in the ongoing evolution of regional planning for transportation in the Olmsted County area that began in 1971 with the creation of the Rochester-Olmsted Council of Governments.
As a sub-recipient of federal funds, ROCOG is subject to the requirements of Title VI and the associated laws and orders related to non-discrimination. Guidance on how to meet the intent of these statutes is provided through Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Circular FTA C 4702.1B issued in October, 2012. ROCOG staff has prepared the Rochester-Olmsted Council of Governments (ROCOG) Title VI Non-Discrimination and Limited English Proficiency Plan consistent with the guidance of Circular C 4702.1B.
Active Transportation serves an important access and mobility role for bicyclists and pedestrian modes of transportation. It serves both utilitarian and recreational needs on a stand-alone basis or as a component of a multi-modal trip in combination with a primary vehicular or transit trip.
ROCOG Annual Transportation Planning Work Program
The ROCOG Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP) provides a summary of planning activities proposed by the Rochester-Olmsted Council of Governments for each Calendar Year and an overview of prospective work activities for the following calendar year.