Welcome to the home page for Transportation Planning for the Kankakee Urbanized Area! We hope that the material on this website is informative, and helpful to you in understanding the number of different facets of transportation in our area. If you have questions about transportation in general, please feel free to contact Geoff Olson.
Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
Federal legislation creates Metropolitan Planning Organizations in areas where the urbanized population is over 50,000. The Kankakee Urbanized Area achieved this population threshold as a result of the 1980 Census, and the area was designated as an MPO in 1983.
The communities which are a part of the MPO since the inception in 1983 are Aroma Park, Bourbonnais, Bradley, Kankakee, and portions of unincorporated Kankakee County. Sun River Terrace was added as a result of the 2000 Census, and changes are predicted as the result of the 2010 Census. The map showing the current boundaries of the MPO area are shown here: Urbanized Area Map.
The name of the entity created as the MPO is the Kankakee Area Transportation Study (KATS), and two committees are created as a result. The Policy Committee of KATS consists of the Chief Executive Officer of the communities of Aroma Park, Bourbonnais, Bradley, Kankakee, and Kankakee County, the Regional Engineer for Region 2 of the Illinois Department of Transportation, and the General Manager of the River Valley METRO Mass Transit District. The Engineer of each agency sits on the Technical Advisory Committee. The list of the current membership of each committee is shown here: Membership.
The Planning Department of the Kankakee County functions as staff for the MPO, and as fiscal agent for the federal and state funding provided for the operation of the MPO.
The current Bylaws of the two committees, and the detailing of responsibilities of staff to the two committees are shown here: Bylaws.
Contracts are signed each year between Kankakee County and the Illinois Department of Transportation that require certain reports and documents to be published. Every year a Unified Work Program must be published that details the work envisioned for the upcoming program year, and which programs staff for that work. Every year a Transportation Improvement Program must be published that details those projects which are planned to use federal transportation funds over the next four program years. A Long-Range Transportation Plan document is required (on a four year cycle) which attempts to look at the transportation needs of the Kankakee Urbanized Area for a period of 30 years into the future.
The recent copies of each of these documents can be found here: Documents.
Also found on the documents page are other items, such as the current Public Participation Plan, past Obligated Projects Listing, and Resolutions covering the past three program years.
One of the most important aspects of the Documents page is at the very bottom, those documents which are currently in the Public Comment Phase. Every document produced by the Kankakee Area Transportation Study must spend time in a phase collecting public comments. These comments are analyzed, and if necessary, documents are altered to respond to the comments. Comments can be forwarded to Geoff Olson, or by mail to the Kankakee County Planning Department, Transportation, 189 E. Court Street, Kankakee, Illinois 60901.
Transit service is provided in the Kankakee Urbanized Area through the River Valley METRO Mass Transit District. Service in the rural area is provided by Kankakee County, through its service provider, SHOW BUS. Details on the service provided can be found here: Transit.
The Kankakee County Planning Department published a Transportation Brochure in 2008, detailing the current state of transportation planning in 2008. This Brochure can be found here: 2008 Transportation Brochure.
This Brochure will be updated in 2011, and will be found here: 2011 Transportation Brochure.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
In January 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act became law. Projects that were funded under this Act are shown here: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The States of Illinois and Indiana have jointly sponsored and funded a study to determine the need and location for a transportation corridor running from Interstate 55 in Illinois to Interstate 65 in Indiana. The Study is underway, and the project website is illianacorridor.org.