Transportation Improvement Program

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The Transportation Improvement Program is a federally-mandated document maintained by the Charlottesville-Albemarle MPO Policy Board that coordinates the scheduling of transportation projects which receive federal funds. [1] The current document spans from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2015.

The TIP is incorporated into the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan, a document tracked by the Federal Highway Administration. Projects in the STIP must first appear in the Virginia Department of Transportation's Six Year Improvement Program.

Purpose

Federal planning for improvements to transportation includes many layers of paperwork to track the status of the hundreds of projects planned for any one given MPO area. If new money becomes available, the changes must be reflected in an MPO’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Any change to the TIP must be accompanied by a public hearing.

Exceptions

Just because a project is listed in the TIP does not mean that the local MPO has endorsed it. For example, the Western Bypass remained in the TIP for years because approximately $47 million had been spent on the preliminary engineering and right-of-way phases of planning. Completed projects, such as the Downtown Transit Center, remain on the TIP until all allocated funds have been spent.

FY12 through FY15

Urban Road Projects

Secondary road projects

Miscellaneous Projects

Illustrative transportation projects (not scheduled to receive funds)

There are also several categories of grouped projects

  • Bridge rehabilitation and replacement
  • Rail
  • Safety/ITS/Operational Improvements
  • Transportation enhancements, byways, and non-traditional
  • Preventative maintenance and system preservation
  • Preventative maintenance for bridges
  • Traffic and safety operations

There is also a section set aside for park and ride lots, Charlottesville Area Transit funding, JAUNT funding.

Amendments

The MPO has amended the TIP three times in order to accommodate additional funding that came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as the stimulus package.[when?]

External links

TIP page on MPO's website

References

  1. Web. [http://www.tjpdc.org/pdf/TIP/TIP_FY12_FINAL.pdf Fiscal Year 2012 Transportation Improvement Program], Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization, retrieved November 18, 2013.