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Office of Planning and Programming

The Office of Planning and Programming develops plans and programs aimed at improving the state’s transportation system. Core functions include: oversight and coordination of the state’s planning efforts, developing the annual multi-year and multimodal programs, monitoring and surveillance of the physical condition of the transportation system, evaluation of costs and benefits of new infrastructure investments, and to provide data, mapping and research to support these and other projects across the department.
The Office of Planning and Programming consists of six bureaus: Planning, Programming, Innovative Project Delivery, Data Collection and Mapping, Research, and Local Roads and Streets.

Director

Holly Bieneman
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Holly Bieneman assumed the role of director of OPP in 2020 after four years in the Bureau of Planning, including three as bureau chief. She has more than 15 years of experience conducting planning and programming at the local, regional and state levels.

Prior to working at IDOT, Bieneman worked for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, where she managed numerous transportation programs, coordinated with local jurisdictions and assisted in the development of their first long-range transportation plan. Bieneman also worked for McHenry County managing their Surface Transportation Program funds.

Bieneman has a bachelor’s in public administration and economics from Northern Illinois University as well as a master’s in public policy and administration from Northwestern University.
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Bureaus

  • The Bureau of Planning is responsible for proactively planning for the future of the state’s transportation system. This includes long-range planning and overseeing capital grants budgets related to aviation and public transportation. This bureau also administers the Metropolitan Planning Program in cooperation with various state and local planning agencies and is responsible for transportation data and support activities.
  • The Bureau of Programming develops the annual and multi-year Transportation Improvement Programs, and the construction and grants budget for multimodal elements of the transportation system.
  • The Bureau of Innovative Project Delivery oversees the department’s initiatives to explore the leveraging of private resources in project implementation and agency operations. The bureau coordinates with private sector and public entities to expedite project delivery and maximize innovation in the financial, design, construction, operation and maintenance of major transportation infrastructure projects.
  • The Bureau of Data Collection and Mapping maintains transportation data systems such as roadway and bridge data, roadway condition information, traffic data, and crash reports filed by motorists and law enforcement officers. The bureau is responsible for preparing the annual crash facts report, state highway map and other transportation maps for rail, ports, transit, counties and scenic byways.
  • The Bureau of Research coordinates the department’s federally and state funded research activities, including all Strategic Highway Research, National Cooperative Research and Transportation Research Board programs. Research activities are primarily conducted through an intergovernmental agreement with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which funds the Illinois Center for Transportation.
  • The Bureau of Local Roads and Streets coordinates with local governments in all matters pertaining to highway transportation. The bureau assists local agencies with planning, finance, design, construction and maintenance of local transportation systems and promotes the coordination and cooperation of counties, townships, municipalities in the development of transportation systems.