Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

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Each year, approximately 150 transportation infrastructure projects, collectively costing more than one billion dollars, are submitted as candidates to receive funding through the Boston Region MPO’s rolling, five-year capital investment program, the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The types of projects that are eligible for TIP funding include intersection improvements, Complete Streets redesigns, bicycle and pedestrian connections, highway reconstruction, transit maintenance, and transit expansion. Typically, approximately $95 million is available in any given year for such projects. Each year, the MPO gathers project ideas, evaluates and prioritizes the candidate projects, and then selects which projects will receive the region’s share of federal and state roadway funding. The vision established in the MPO’s Long-Range Transportation Plan, Charting Progress to 2040, guides the project selection process. To better understand the TIP process, explore these pages:

FFYs 2019–23 TIP Endorsement

At the MPO meeting on May 24, 2018, the board voted to endorse federal fiscal years (FFYs) 2019–23 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) (pdf) (html). The MPO expects to receive approval of the TIP from its federal partners in the fall of 2018. The FFYs 2018-22 TIP will remain in effect until the start of the new fiscal year, October 1, 2018.

There was approximately $521 million of Regional Target funding available for FFYs 2019–23. After a robust outreach and evaluation process, the MPO selected a preferred program of 12 new projects to add to the TIP. For the complete list of regional- and state-prioritized projects, refer to the TIP tables.

Municipality Project
Malden Exchange Street Downtown Improvement Project
Beverly Rehabilitation of Bridge Street
Peabody Rehabilitation of Central Street
Winthrop Revere Street Roadway Improvements
Ipswich Resurfacing and Related Work on Central and South Main Streets
Bellingham South Main Street (Route 126) - Douglas Drive to Mechanic Street Reconstruction (Route 140)
Quincy Reconstruction of Sea Street
Cohasset/Scituate Corridor Improvements and Related Work on Justice Cushing Highway (Route 3A) from Beechwood Street to Henry Turner Bailey Road
Dedham Pedestrian Improvements along Bussey Street
Wrentham Construction of I-495/Route 1A Ramps
Reading Intersection Signalization at Route 28 and Hopkins Street
Littleton/Ayer Intersection Improvements on Route 2A at Willow Road and Bruce Street

To see the current schedule for FFYs 2019–23 TIP development, key upcoming MPO meetings, and relevant documents, visit the TIP Development Page.

FFYs 2018–22 TIP Amendment Six: Public Comment Period

On July 19, 2018, the MPO board voted to release for public review a draft amendment to the FFYs 2018–22 TIP. Amendment Six includes four changes to Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) highway programming in FFY 2018. The amendment accommodates cost changes for three MassDOT projects. Two cost changes are the result of refined estimates during final project design. One cost change is the result of revisions in project scope. The fourth change is the removal of a bridge project because it needed additional design and review. Amendment Six does not affect any MPO target-funded projects. For a summary of the changes proposed as part of Amendment Six, refer to the simplified Amendment Six table (html).

The 21-day public comment period for TIP Amendment Six begins July 23, 2018, and ends at 5:00 PM on August 13, 2018. The MPO is expected to vote to approve Amendment Six on Thursday, August 16, 2018. Questions and comments may be submitted to Ali Kleyman, Certification Activities Manager, at or 857.702.3709 or via the feedback form.

Adopted Amendments to the Current TIP (FFYs 2018–22)

Amendment Five

On June 21, 2018, the MPO board voted to approve Amendment Five to the FFYs 2018–22 TIP. Amendment Five includes changes to the MBTA’s programming in FFY 2018. The Amendment shifts funds between Federal Transit Administration (FTA) programs in the TIP and accelerates several projects to accommodate changes in project cost and readiness, including the schedule delay of a bridge project. The MBTA was recently awarded two discretionary grants for ferry-related projects in Hingham. Amendment Five adds both projects to FFY 2018. For a summary of the changes endorsed as part of Amendment Five, refer to the simplified Amendment Five table.

Amendment Four

On May 24, 2018, the MPO board voted to approve Amendment Four to the FFYs 2018–22 TIP. Amendment Four includes changes only to the highway programming in FFYs 2018–22. Most of the changes relate to statewide bridge programming and are the result of cost increases for project #605287 (Chelsea Route 1 Viaduct Rehabilitation). Amendment Four affects one MPO target-funded project: #605110 (Brookline, Intersection and Signal Improvements at Route 9 and Village Square [Gateway East]); this project has increased in cost, which will be covered by statewide funds. For a summary of the changes endorsed as part of Amendment Four, refer to the simplified Amendment Four table.

Amendment Three

On March 1, 2018, the MPO board voted to approve Amendment Three to the FFYs 2018–22 TIP. All of the changes proposed concern highway projects in FFY 2018. Amendment Three adds two new MassDOT-prioritized projects and incorporates cost increases for two projects (including the MPO target-funded project #600518: Hingham Intersection Improvements at Derby Street, Whiting Street [Route 53], and Gardner Street). For a summary of the changes proposed as part of Amendment Three, please refer to this table.

Adjustment Three

On February 15, 2018, the MPO board voted to approve an adjustment to the FFYs 2018-2022 TIP. Adjustment Three makes minor changes to the transit programming for Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA) and MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA). The adjustment changes the name of one CATA project in order to better reflect the work undertaken by the Authority and to allow them to apply for a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant. The adjustment also shifts MWRTA funds from Capital Expenses to Operating Expenses to cover over-provided services to MBTA’s The Ride and reflect the delay of a scheduled solar project. For a summary of the changes endorsed as part of Adjustment Three, please refer to this table.

Amendment Two

On January 18, 2018, the MPO board voted to approve Amendment Two to the FFYs 2018–22 TIP. Amendment Two incorporates several changes to the MBTA capital investment program, and reflects what the MBTA expects to receive in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) formula funds in each year of the TIP. The most significant changes in funding occur in FFY 2018 because of funding carried over from the original FFY 2017 funding allocation. There are six MBTA projects added into the five-year plan for the TIP; these projects were already planned to be undertaken as part of the Commonwealth’s Capital Investment Plan (CIP), and adding them to the TIP dedicates federal funding for their implementation.These tables show overall funding in each MBTA capital investment program over the five years of the TIP, and specific projects currently planned for implementation throughout FFYs 2018–22.

Adjustment Two

On December 7, 2017, the MPO board voted to approve an adjustment to the FFYs 2018–2022 TIP. Adjustment Two incorporates additional funds that the FTA granted to the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA). In addition, as a result of an audit by the FTA, MWRTA transferred some funding from capital programs to operating programs. For a summary of the changes endorsed as part of Adjustment Two, please refer to this table.

Amendment One

On November 16 , 2017, the MPO board voted to approve an amendment to the Federal Fiscal Years (FFYs) 2018–22 TIP. Amendment One includes changes and additions to the highway programming in FFYs 2018–22 and the transit programming in FFY 2018.The changes in the highway programming are primarily associated with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) bridge maintenance program. The additions to the transit program are primarily associated with new grants awarded by the MassDOT Rail and Transit Division under its annual competitive process, the Community Transit Grant Program.

For a summary of the changes to the highway program endorsed as part of Amendment One, please refer to this table.

FFYs 2018–22 TIP (Current)

On May 25, 2017, the MPO endorsed a TIP (pdf) (html) that allocates funding for FFYs 2018-22. Thank you to those who submitted comments and participated in the document’s development. To review the development of the FFYs 2018-22 TIP, visit the archived TIP development page.

What You’ll Find in the TIP:

  • Tables of projects programmed, by federal fiscal year [CURRENT] (pdf)
  • Tables of projects programmed, by federal fiscal year [as endorsed on 05/25/2017] (pdf) (html)
  • Details about the projects
  • Summary of the process by which projects were evaluated
  • Universe of Projects from which the programmed projects were selected
  • Status of projects programmed in the previous fiscal year
  • Air quality conformity determination
Endorsed FFYs 2018−2022 TIP

Federal Reporting

The FFY 2017 Federal Obligation Report lists the transportation projects on which federal funds were expended during FFY 2017 (October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2017). Table 1 (pdf) includes transportation projects located entirely within the Boston Region MPO area. Table 2 (pdf) includes information on federally funded transportation projects throughout the state. Federal obligation reports from previous FFYs can be found in the TIP Archive, link below.

TIP Archive

View older TIPs and lists of projects that were advertised for construction in prior years in our archive.

For more information, please contact Alexandra Kleyman, MPO staff, at 857.702.3709 (voice), 617.570.9193 (TTY), or (email).