The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has approved the 2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Transportation-Air Quality Conformity Analysis for the Amended Plan Bay Area 2040 and the 2019 TIP (Conformity Analysis). The 2019 TIP has been forwarded to Caltrans to be included in the Draft 2019 Federal-Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (FSTIP). Once approved, the Final 2019 FSTIP, including MTC’s 2019 TIP, will be provided to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for final review. The Conformity Analysis has also been provided to FHWA and FTA for final review. Federal approval of these documents is expected in December.
The TIP lists the near-term transportation projects, programs and investment priorities of the region’s surface transportation system 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. A regionally significant project, generally large scale, changes travel patterns over a relatively large geographic area. The TIP signifies the start of implementation of the programs and policies approved in the Bay Area’s long-range transportation plan. It does this by identifying specific projects over a four-year timeframe that will help move the region toward its transportation vision. Locally funded transit operations, roadway maintenance projects, planning efforts and minor sidewalk or intersection improvements are generally not included in the TIP.
The Bay Area’s 2019 TIP includes more than 500 transportation projects with more than $13.6 billion in committed federal, state, and local funding for federal fiscal years 2018-19 through 2021-22, as well as over 200 projects shown for informational purposes.
MTC has developed the 2019 TIP and Draft Conformity Analysis in cooperation with the county Congestion Management Agencies, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), individual cities, counties, transit operators, and other project sponsors, and in consultation with the FHWA, FTA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). All projects included in the TIP are consistent with the long-range Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), the Amended Plan Bay Area 2040. Per federal conformity regulations, the 2019 TIP, along with the Amended Plan Bay Area 2040, was analyzed by MTC to determine if it is consistent with (“conforms to”) the approved federal State Implementation Plan (SIP), or meets other emissions tests for criteria pollutants and precursors for which the Bay Area air basin is designated as a nonattainment or maintenance area. This includes ground-level ozone and fine particulate matter. It also includes a discussion of how investments described in the TIP make progress towards achieving the region’s federally-required performance targets.
Public Review and Comment
The Draft 2019 TIP and Draft Transportation-Air Quality Conformity Analysis were released for review and comment on June 18, 2018 and were presented at the Programming and Allocations Committee Meeting on July 11, 2018. The review and comment period closed on July 18, 2018. MTC received 2 comments from the public during this period. These comments as well as staff’s responses to comments were presented to the Programming and Allocations Committee on September 12, 2018. A third comment was received prior to this meeting and responses to all three comments were forwarded to the Commission.
2019 TIP Documents
- Guide to the TIP
- 2019 TIP Table of Contents
- Volume I:
- Volume II and III: Appendices
- Transportation-Air Quality Conformity Analysis
- 2019 TIP Investment Analysis
- 2019 TIP Federal Performance Report
- Public Notifications and Hearings
- Staff’s responses to comments received on the Draft 2019 TIP and Draft Conformity Analysis
- Approval Letters