Transportation Project Feasibility Studies (APPLE)
Transportation Project Feasibility Studies also known as “Advanced Planning, Programming and Logical Engineering (APPLE)” is a program designed to educate local governments about the project development process, assist them in their decision making process, and provide resources to help develop and advance transportation projects.
Key outcomes of the program are intended to:
Provide information to decision makers about whether or not a project is technically and financially feasible
Assist local governments to clearly define transportation problems
Aid local governments to articulate a project’s Purpose and Need
Help local governments to clearly define a project’s scope
Assist local governments to better understand the potential environmental challenges benefits, and burdens
Aid local governments to better understand the financial costs and impacts of pursuing potential projects
Request for Qualifications for Consulting Firms for the Program – FY2018-2020
The RFQ was due back in October 2017. The next RFQ will not be until the Fall of 2020.
Birmingham Commuter Rail Study, August 2019
Vestavia Hills Traffic Operations, July 2019
Jefferson County Cahaba River Road Study, April 2019
UAB Parkside North South Streets Study, March 2019
Springville SR-174 Traffic Study, December 2018
Vestavia Hills Crosshaven Drive Corridor Study, August 2018
Hollywood Blvd Pedestrian Bridge Study, July 2018
Mountain Brook Traffic Study – Phase 2, August 2018
Gardendale New Road Study, February 2018
City of Birmingham 20th Street Study, January 2018
Shelby County Dunnavant Valley Greenway, October 2017
Shelby County CR-47/CR-39 Intersection Study, September 2017
Helena Schools Intersection Study, August 2017
Mountain Brook Sidewalks Study, August 2017
UAB Road Diets
Mountain Brook Bridges Study, July 2016
Mountain Brook Traffic Operations, August 2015
Pelham Trails Study, July 2015
US-411 St. Clair County, February 2015
Cahaba Liberty Trail Feasibility Study, February 2015
Homewood Oxmoor Road Traffic Operations, April 2014
Please browse the FAQ’s below and if you still have any questions contact:
Mike “Kaz” Kaczorowski
F.A.Q’s about the Program
How does the program work?
The RPCGB will contract with the local government to conduct an assessment. The RPCGB will:
Hire a planning or engineering consultant on behalf of the municipality
Manage the consultant for the municipality, and
Assist the local government through the initial project feasibility process
How does local government support the program?
The local government will assist the program by:
Providing a 20% match to the federal funding that the Birmingham MPO will apply to
Actively participating in the project development process
Who should use the program?
It is designed for use by local governments that do not have the technical capacity to develop and/or manage transportation project development activities. These governments along with projects identified as part of a Building Communities planning effort will be given first priority.
Why would we want to use the program?
It is ultimately meant to help local governments determine whether or not to pursue a project, and whether or not federal funding is appropriate.
How much funding is available?
MPO participation in these projects is capped at $60k total ($48k federal/$12k local).
What do we get for our money?
Advanced Planning Report (APR) i.e. Feasibility Analysis, complete with recommendations
Pre-NEPA screening to include (a) problem identification, (b) purpose and need, and (c) project scope.
*Note: Pre-NEPA work will fold right into NEPA analysis conducted in the preliminary engineering process.