How are Projects Selected for the TIP?
In many cases, municipal planners and engineers generate lists of potential improvements based on their needs, analyses, previous studies, and citizen input.
The local proposals are then reviewed at the city, county, and regional level in consultation with the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Once each implementing agency has developed its own list of projects and priorities, it presents this list to MATS, where the Technical Committee reviews each proposal before making recommendations to the MATS Policy Committee. The Policy Committee seeks to ensure that the highest priorities of the region are being addressed within the limits of available resources.
Finally, MATS provides the forum through which its Policy Committee members determine the TIP. After considering the recommendations of the Technical Committee and the public comment, the Policy Committee determines the final list of projects, and adopts the multi-year TIP for advancement.
Criteria for TIP Project Selection
MATS uses a set of agreed upon criteria to determine which projects are selected for inclusion in the TIP. These criteria include such things as Safety, Pavement Condition, Economic Vitality/Congestion Relief, Traffic Volume/Functional Classification, NMT Capabilities, Local Priority/Funding Support. The relatively small amount of funding has driven the selection process to be concise and uncomplicated, but with a degree of flexibility.