State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
STIP is a five-year investment plan for state transportation money and updated every two years.
The most recent STIP was adopted in 2022 and development of the 2024 STIP will begin in spring 2023.
STIP projects are funded in large part by the state excise tax on gasoline. Any capital project — from a new roadway or new bike path to a highway expansion or rail line extension — may be included in the STIP to receive state funding.
RTIP + ITIP = STIP
Regional spending plans developed by MTC for the Bay Area and by other agencies elsewhere in California account for 75% of the STIP. These are known as Regional Transportation Improvement Programs (RTIPs).
The remaining 25% of the STIP is a statewide spending plan known as the Interregional Transportation Improvement Program (ITIP). The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) develops the ITIP to fund projects that connect metro areas or cross regional boundaries.
Together, the ITIP and the various RTIPs make up the STIP.
Bay Area Investments
MTC prepared the 2022 RTIP by working with Bay Area county transportation agencies and Caltrans.
The 2022 RTIP provides $152 million in new programming capacity for fiscal years 2022-23 through 2026-27.
Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), stabilized the funding for the State Highway Account that is directed to fund the STIP. Thanks to SB 1, the counties of the San Francisco Bay Area and MTC are now able to program STIP funds to new and previously deleted projects.
Overall, MTC’s 2022 RTIP includes funding for eight new projects in four of the nine Bay Area counties.
The 2022 RTIP focuses on a “Fix It First” strategy to keep transit assets in a state of good repair. In San Francisco, SFMTA programmed $10 million for the third phase of their Communications Based Train Control System throughout the City. In Alameda and Contra Costa counties, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District programmed $6 million for station modernization improvements. The 2022 RTIP also includes focused investments on the highway system supporting proposed SB 1 Cycle 3 competitive program nominations.
The Commission approved the 2022 RTIP Program of Projects on December 15, 2021. The California Transportation Commission (CTC) held two hearings for the 2022 STIP (of which the 2022 RTIP is a part) in early 2022, and adopted the 2022 STIP on March 16, 2022.
Karl Anderson, Funding Policy and Programs
Phone: (415) 778-6645
The following documents and links provide further information on the 2022 RTIP:
- Final 2022 RTIP, December 15, 2021 (MTC Resolution No. 4488)
- Resolution of Local Support
- New & Existing Projects – Electronic Project Programming Request (ePPR) Form
Every California county receives a designated amount of STIP funding known as a county share.
MTC receives STIP investment proposals from the county transportation agency in each of the nine Bay Area counties, and reviews them for consistency with the goals of Plan Bay Area 2050, the region's long-range plan for transportation investment and land-use priorities through the year 2050.
If all the county proposals are approved, MTC compiles them into a single Bay Area RTIP.
Once MTC assembles the Bay Area RTIP, it then forwards the proposal to the California Transportation Commission (CTC) for review.
The CTC must either accept the RTIP in its entirety or send it back to MTC for revision. The CTC similarly reviews the ITIP proposal submitted by Caltrans.