Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a comprehensive four-year regional spending plan for near-term transportation projects, programs and investment priorities.

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The TIP lists projects or programs that have a federal interest — meaning projects or programs for which federal funds or actions by federal agencies are anticipated — along with locally and state-funded projects that are regionally significant.

MTC encourages public comment on the TIP and on any proposed revisions.

MTC approved the 2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Transportation-Air Quality Conformity Analysis for Plan Bay Area 2050 and the 2023 TIP on September 28, 2022.  MTC forwarded the 2023 TIP to Caltrans to be included in the 2023 Federal-Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (FSTIP) by reference. The State is expected to approve the 2023 FSTIP in November 2022. FHWA and FTA are expected to approve the 2023 FSTIP in December 2022.

The Draft 2023 Federal Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (FSTIP) is now available for public review at the following website: https://dot.ca.gov/programs/financial-programming/office-of-federal-programming-data-management-ofpdm.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) prepared the Draft 2023 Federal Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (FSTIP) in coordination with the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and the Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs) in California. The FSTIP is a federally mandated document required to be updated every two years. The Draft 2023 FSTIP includes phases of capital and non-capital transportation projects prioritized to receive federal funding under Titles 23 and 49 of the United States Code during federal fiscal years 2023 through 2026. The FSTIP also includes regionally significant projects regardless of the funding source.

Each of the State’s eighteen MPOs prepares a Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP), which includes federal, state, local, and transit projects within its boundary. These FTIPs are included in the FSTIP by reference.

The Draft 2023 FSTIP is available for public review and comment beginning October 10, 2022 through October 31, 2022.  Please provide comments via email to jacqueline.kahrs@dot.ca.gov.

Adoption & Approval

MTC must adopt a new TIP at least once every four years, and state statute requires the Bay Area to update its TIP every two years.

The Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration must approve the TIP.

TIP Revisions

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

What’s Included in the TIP?

The TIP lists transportation projects and programs for which an action by a federal agency is expected — not just funding.

The TIP also includes major regional projects (those that change travel patterns over a relatively large geographic area) funded with local or state dollars, even those with no federal money.

The TIP covers all modes — transit, highways, bridges, local streets and roads, bicycle, pedestrian and freight movement projects.

Costs & Schedules

The TIP shows estimated project costs and schedules.

Project funding in the four year TIP period must be committed or reasonably expected to be available.

Inclusion in the TIP does not guarantee that construction on a project will begin; and does not represent an allocation or obligation of funds.

Fund Management System (FMS)

Search for TIP projects, generate reports and track funding.

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Digital Library

Previous TIPs are archived in the online Digital Library. Just enter the keyword “TIP.”

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