The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has approved the 2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Transportation-Air Quality Conformity Analysis for the Amended Plan Bay Area and the 2017 TIP (Conformity Analysis). The 2017 TIP has been forwarded to Caltrans to be included in the Draft 2017 Federal-Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (FSTIP). Once approved, the Final 2017 FSTIP, including MTC’s 2017 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 and pavement maintenance are generally not included in the TIP.
The Bay Area’s 2017 TIP includes approximately 700 transportation projects, and a total of approximately $6.3 billion in committed federal, state, regional and local funding over the four-year TIP period through fiscal year 2020.
MTC has developed the 2017 TIP and 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), Plan Bay Area. Per federal conformity regulations, the 2017 TIP, along with Plan Bay Area, 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, carbon monoxide and fine particulate matter.
Public Review and Comment
The Draft 2017 TIP and Draft Transportation-Air Quality Conformity Analysis were released for review and comment on Friday, June 24, 2016, a public hearing to receive testimony on the documents was held on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, and the review and comment period closed on Thursday, July 28, 2016. MTC received 16 comments from the public. These comments as well as staff’s responses to comments were presented to the Programming and Allocations Committee on September 14, 2016, and forwarded to the Commission.
2017 TIP Documents
- Guide to the TIP
- 2017 TIP Table of Contents
- Volume I:
- 2017 TIP Appendices
- Volume II: Appendices A-01 to A-35
- Volume III: Appendices A-36 to A-75
Draft 2017 TIP and Draft Conformity Analysis
The documents pertaining to the Draft 2017 TIP and Draft Conformity Analysis may be found here.