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Transportation Improvement Program

The Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP, is a comprehensive four-year regional spending plan — and required by federal law.

But this just begins to tell the tale of the TIP. Here are nine more facts:

  1. MTC must adopt a new TIP at least once every four years; and the  California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) requires our region to update its TIP every two years.
  2. The Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration must approve the TIP.
  3. The TIP lists all transportation projects and programs for which any action by a federal agency is expected — not just funding.
  4. The TIP includes major regional projects funded with local or state dollars, even those with no federal money.
  5. The TIP covers all modes — transit, highways, bridges, local streets and roads, bicycle, pedestrian, and freight movement projects.
  6. The TIP shows estimated project costs and schedules.
  7. All TIP projects must be covered by funds reasonably expected to be available in the four-year TIP period.
  8. Inclusion in the TIP does not guarantee that construction on a project will begin; and does not represent an allocation or obligation of funds.
  9. MTC encourages public comment on the TIP and any proposed revisions.

TIP Revisions

The TIP is frequently changed after adoption, with projects added or deleted; accelerated or delayed; re-scoped or re-phased.

The current 2015 TIP covers fiscal 2014-15 through 2017-18.  It contains 1,004 projects totaling about $9.5 billion over the four-year period.

Fund Management System

Search for TIP projects, generate reports and track funding.

Group Listings

Find TIP projects grouped by function, work type or geographical area.

Appendices to TIP

Find TIP appendices.

Visit Our Digital Library

Previous TIPs are archived in our online Digital Library. Just enter the key word TIP.

Follow the path of a transportation project from idea (when the project is first conceived) to implementation (when construction is completed), and identify the stages in a project's lifecycle where you can get involved!

The Federal Highway Administration in 2011 issued new procedures for revising the TIP. These provisions are in effect as of the date hereof and are subject to amendment from time to time.

Download our 2015 TIP Focus on Minority and Low-Income Communities analysis and report.