This definition of the region would require a larger territorial boundary more closely approximating the full KIPDA region to allow for adequate planning of rural areas before they become urban and to ensure that limits are placed on urban expansion into exurban areas.
The TPC is autonomous from the KIPDA governing board.
In the rural counties, the TPC played no role and KIPDA played only a limited role in providing technical assistance to the state transportation department or to those governments in its region with less professional expertise that sought its assistance in economic development, land-use planning, and transportation planning.
The TPC and KIPDA more generally lacked a mandate for comprehensive regional planning or action, and local governments used it as a planning resource rather than as a forum for regional decision-making.
Neither the TPC nor KIPDA are well understood in the community.
KIPDA transportation staff provides travel data to support development of air-quality models and participates in cooperative efforts to develop transportation-control measures for the State Air Quality Implementation Plans (SIPs).
An MIS of the northeast corridor was begun by KIPDA staff, but was held in abeyance until completion of the Ohio River MIS.
This 50-member committee (16 voting members) was made up of "representatives of the transportation department from each state, TARC, the KIPDA citizen advisory committee, and other environmental, economic development, public works organizations and agencies from throughout the local community." (43) The ORMIS committee, with the aid of the transportation staff and a hired consultant, was to make a recommendation on the bridge to the TPC.
The executive director of KIPDA has indicated that the lack of regional collaboration is not related to KIPDA's institutional competence but to regional divisions that divide Indiana and Kentucky, on the one hand, and Louisville and Jefferson County on the other.
Part of the problem may be that the TPC's and KIPDA's organizational structures are not amenable to their assigned role in the MPO process.
The TPC and KIPDA rely on the good-will of their member clients.
Neither KIPDA nor the TPC are regional governments, nor do they provide a broader forum for identifying a metropolitan or regional interest.