The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a required document listing all federally-funded highway, transit, and enhancement projects to take place in the metropolitan planning area in the next four years. TCRPC staff prepares the TIP annually in cooperation with the Peoria-Pekin Urbanized Area Transportation Study (PPUATS) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).
The FY 2018-2021 TIP includes all transportation improvements programmed within the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA) that will utilize federal funds. Many transportation projects listed in the TIP are implemented by IDOT, but some projects are implemented by counties and villages throughout the region. The purpose of the TIP is to assist with coordinating the use of federal funds for transportation improvements, as well as to ensure that projects receiving federal funds are in conformance with Envision HOI, the Heart of Illinois Long-Range Transportation Plan. The TIP is a fiscally-constrained document, meaning that all projects listed can be successfully implemented using committed or available revenue sources.
The FY 2018-2021 TIP was approved by the PPUATS Policy Committee on July 19, 2017. All projects listed in the TIP have been selected in cooperation with PPUATS, IDOT, and local units of government within the MPA. These projects have been reviewed for consistency with Envision HOI, responsiveness to local and regional needs, and cost reasonableness.
The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) passed by Congress in 2016 outlines the requirement for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to publish an annual listing of obligated projects for which Federal funds have been given in the preceding year, including a listing of pedestrian and bicycle projects. From MAP-21, 23 U.S.C., Sec. 1201:
An annual listing of projects, including investments in pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities, for which Federal funds have been obligated in the preceding year shall be published or otherwise made available by the cooperative effort of the State, transit operator, and metropolitan planning organization for public review. The listing shall be consistent with the categories identified in the [Transportation Improvement Program].
This report is published in response to the above-mentioned criteria by listing all federally funded transportation projects in the MPO’s urbanized area that were obtained during the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. The word obligated refers to the Federal government’s financial commitment to pay or reimburse the lead agency for the federal share of a project’s cost. Obligation in no way refers to the expenditure or project completion; but only that the specific project has been marked and approved for federal reimbursement. This report’s second purpose is to provide increased transparency of government spending on transportation projects and strategies to state and local officials, and to the public.