Transportation Improvement Program
Federal transportation legislation requires MAPA to create and maintain a fiscally-constrained Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) that lists all federally funded and "regionally significant" transportation projects programmed for at least the next four fiscal years. The TIP includes federally funded projects for roadways and trails, public transit, and aviation. It also shows locally funded projects for informational purposes.
The TIP includes basic project information such as the anticipated cost estimates, proposed funding sources, and schedule for each phase of federally funded projects. Non-federal projects are shown with less-detailed listings that provide basic project information.
The projects listed in the TIP must be financially realistic and achievable. Therefore, the TIP is a fiscally constrained program for 2011 through 2014. Projects listed in 2015 are considered "illustrative," indicating that there are long-term plans to move forward with the projects, but they are not part of the four-year, fiscally constrained program.
The TIP is developed in cooperation with state and local governments and public transit operators. There is a 30-day public comment period to review the TIP, although comments may be submitted on an ongoing basis. After approval by the MAPA Board of Directors, the TIP is approved by the governors of Iowa and Nebraska. The TIP is also reviewed and approved by the Federal Highway and Transit Administrations (FHWA/FTA).