Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 41-11. Transportation Improvement Program Revision Process

Federal legislation specifies that a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) be developed and maintained by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in consultation with the State, public transportation operators, and any other interested parties (Title 23, Chapter 1, § 134). Federal transportation legislation endowing MPOs with funding authority through the Surface Transportation Program (STP) and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) has provided MPOs with almost twenty years of experience in managing the TIP and the flow of federal funds to projects. Activities by the TRB Transportation Programming, Planning and Systems Evaluation Committee (ADA50) reveal distinct variations across the country in the way the TIP is managed once adopted. A mini-peer exchange conducted at the 2008 mid-year meeting highlighted some of these differences. It raised questions as to why TIP amendment processes approved in one part of the country are disallowed in other parts of the country. It pointed out efficiencies practiced in some regions that are not familiar to other regions. This synthesis of approved Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) amendment processes in practice by MPOs, States, and regional FHWA and FTA offices is needed to further the current state of the practice. Over the last three transportation acts MPOs have used flexibility inherent in the legislation to develop a number of different approaches to amending the TIP and keeping it current. This in turn is accompanied by a number of different relationships between the State, the MPO, and the regional FHWA and FTA offices in managing the TIP. Efficiencies realized in the TIP amendment process would be of value to those looking to minimize non-productive time between the allocation and obligation of funds, and the level of effort required to respond to changing project needs. But the ability to learn about approved practices and evaluate them for applicability is a hit-or-miss endeavor for MPOs, States, and regional FHWA and FTA offices. A compendium of approved real-world practices will be a valuable resource to regional, state, and federal practitioners.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC    20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Gause, Jo

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Start Date: 20090701
  • Source Data: RiP Project 22398

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464165
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:37PM