The MATS 2017 - 2020 Transportation Improvement Program
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is an integral part of the planning process. According to joint regulations of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the TIP is “a prioritized listing/program of transportation projects covering a period of four years that is developed and formally adopted by a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) as part of the metropolitan transportation planning process, consistent with the metropolitan transportation plan, and required for projects to be eligible for funding under Title 23 U.S.C. and Title 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53”. The major purpose of the TIP is to identify and prioritize Federal-Aid projects and programs in local urbanized areas. An equally important objective of the TIP is to ensure that scheduled transportation improvements are consistent with current and projected financial resources. A TIP developed in consideration of the purposes mentioned above provides for the efficient use of available financial resources in addressing the area's transportation needs in an orderly and efficient manner.
This document represents the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for MATS for Fiscal Years 2017 – 2020 (October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2020). It was approved by the Policy and Technical Committees on June 7, 2016. The minutes of the June 7, 2016 Policy Committee meeting, including discussion of the TIP and motion regarding resulting resolution, are included in Appendix A of the report, together with the MATS Resolution regarding TIP, and a Planning Process Certification.
The selection of all projects to be included in the TIP is primarily the responsibility of the Technical Committee in consultation with MATS staff. The merits of each project are examined, based on local needs, priorities, and importance within the area-wide transportation system, and also on factors delineated in current federal transportation legislation. The Technical Committee evaluates the collection of proposed projects, selects, schedules, and sets overall program strategies for the four-year program. The entire TIP project list (including the selected Federal-aid projects and recommendations established by the Technical Committee and staff) is forwarded to the Policy Committee for review before release of the preliminary list for public comment. Following an appropriate comment period as required by law, it is then the responsibility of the Policy Committee to grant final approval of the project list that is included in the TIP document.
Transportation Projects described in the 2017 - 2020 Transportation Improvement Program