The FY 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program

 
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Breaking: The preliminarily approved TIP Report is now available! See the document here: FY 2020-2023 MATS TIP.

Announcing the Development of the new Transportation Improvement program for fiscal years 2020-2023

The TIP is a four-year, fiscally constrained, rolling, four-year capital investment program, which provides a prioritized list of multi-modal transportation projects (including road, resurfacing, signalization, bridge, bicycle & pedestrian, transit, and safety) within the Metropolitan Planning Area. Its cooperatively developed every four-years and approved by the MATS Policy Committee. The TIP provides an overview of how transportation revenues will be invested over a four-year period by state and local agencies that have legal responsibility to build, operate, and maintain that state's highway, street, and public transit systems. 

A transportation improvement program (TIP) is a United States federally mandated requirement (49 U.S.C. § 5303 (j)) for all metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). The TIP, also known as a short-range plan, lists all transportation projects in an MPO's metropolitan planning area that seek federal transportation funding within at least a four-year horizon.[1]

The vision established in the MPO’s Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Towards 2045, guides the project selection process, along with performance measures adopted or supported by MATS.

As you can see from the graphic above, this is an involved process. As we proceed through the major phases of this project, we’ll post more information here on this page. Bookmark it for easy access, and look for a notification on the front page of our website.

Public Outreach

Throughout the MATS' TIP development process, consideration needs to be given to public participation so that citizens, affected public agencies, transportation agency employees, private providers of transportation, and other interested parties have an opportunity to comment on the proposed TIP. The Public Participation Plan outlines who will be notified of MATS activities. It also provides an outline for participation activity within the context of the TIP development, the Long Range Transportation Plan, and for planning and corridor studies.

Per the requirements of the updated Public Participation Plan, the development of the TIP must involve the general public throughout the entire process by providing a public comment period and addressing any general public inquiries regarding the draft TIP. These comments are taken into consideration while making changes to the draft TIP. Also, a public open house is held to solicit comments from the general public and affected agencies of the future transportation projects.

In accordance with those requirements, MATS has solicited public comment on the proposed 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program and advertised the Open House related to the TIP document. This was done by means of public notices in April of 2019 in the Midland Daily News as well as on the MATS website. A copy of the public notice is included in the Appendix. MATS has also posted the TIP and other related documents on the MATS website. An informational flyer regarding the TIP was provided to local agencies to post/advertise at their respective offices.

A public review period took place from April 17, 2019 - May 22, 2019. The Open House to discuss the proposed TIP took place ­­­­May 2, 2019 from 5 to 7 PM in the Atrium of Midland County Services Building, 220 W. Ellsworth Street, Midland, MI 48640. Prior to adoption of the TIP, a public hearing was held at the MATS Policy Meeting on June 4, 2019 in the Midland County Services Building, 220 West Ellsworth Street, Midland, MI 48640.

There were no public comments received during the 30-day plus review period, during the May 2, 2019 TIP Open House or during the June 4thth Public Hearing.   Check our Calendar, Meeting Notices and the Minutes pages for upcoming meetings and materials. Keep up to date with MATS as well by following us on Facebook and Twitter too.

 

Proposed FY 2020-2023 STUL-funded Projects

The table below shows the projects that have been preliminarily selected to be funded with Federal funding allocated specifically to the MATS urban area. These funds are called STUL funds, and MATS is directly responsible for their planning and programming. Other types of transportation projects, such as transit projects and interstate highways, are programmed by agencies such as the Michigan Department of Transportation, and MATS is only indirectly responsible for their approval to use other Federal funds. Those other projects will be presented here near the end of February, 2019. To open the table in another window and larger size, click the picture.

Keep in mind that these are only some of the projects that will eventually be represented in the TIP. Throughout the month of February, 2019 MATS received and programed into our database project updates from local agencies, transit systems and MDOT. These projects, funded from a variety of Federal sources, still need to be in the TIP, and “fiscally constrained”, i.e. realistically programmed in terms of probable available funding.

The TIP is not so much a construction timeline as it is a financial program for scheduling and obligating federal funds. As such it represents the intent to construct or implement a specific project.