Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

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Each year, approximately 150 potential transportation infrastructure projects totaling more than one billion dollars are submitted to the MPO for possible funding in the MPO’s rolling, five-year capital funding document. Intersection improvements, Complete Streets redesigns, bicycle and pedestrian connections, highway reconstruction, and transit maintenance and expansion projects all are eligible.

Because there is usually only $75-to-$90 million available, the MPO must select which projects and programs will receive federal and state roadway funding over the next five years. It falls upon the MPO to gather, evaluate, and prioritize all possible projects for its share of federal transportation dollars. This is no easy task!

The MPO strives to facilitate fair and effective decisions through technical analysis, collaborative planning, and community engagement. The long-range plan also serves to guide the decision-making process: the visions, goals, objectives, and investment framework established in Charting Progress to 2040 come to life in the criteria we use to evaluate projects.

The MPO publishes its final decisions in a document called the Transportation Improvement Program and Air Quality Conformity Determination, or the TIP. Explore our TIP Interactive Database of projects to find projects that are either programmed or being considered for programming in the TIP.

FFYs 2017–21 TIP Amendment Two

On January 19, 2017, the MPO board voted to release draft Amendment Two to the FFYs 2017–21 TIP for public review. Amendment Two would program funds, in the highway element of the TIP, that have come to the Boston region from a federal redistribution of funds, which occurred last August. Other proposed changes in Amendment Two include the programming of project cost increases, repurposed earmarks, funds transferred to the Federal Highway Administration’s Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division, and funding for new roadway construction projects. For a summary of the proposed changes in Amendment Two, please refer to this table, which explains the potential effect of the amendment on each project. The table also shows adjustments already approved by the MPO: the addition of project identification numbers for earmarks repurposed in Amendment One, and the addition of information about the years during which the advanced construction financing method will be used for the Green Line Extension project. Other approved adjustments to the transit element of the TIP are shown here.

The public review period for TIP Amendment Two begins Tuesday, January 24, 2017, and extends for 30 days until 5:00 PM on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Questions and comments can be submitted to Ali Kleyman, TIP Manager, at or 857.702.3709.

FFYs 2017–21 TIP Amendment One

On December 15, 2016, the MPO board voted to approve an amendment to the FFYs 2017-21 TIP. Amendment One includes changes and additions to the transit elements in FFYs 2017-21 in order to better align the Boston Region MPO’s TIP with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Capital Investment Plan, while providing additional project-level detail for MBTA capital investment programs in FFY 2017. (For some additional information on the MBTA’s funding programs for FFYs 2017-21, please refer to this table.) Other changes that were incorporated in Amendment One include the repurposing of earmark funds in the highway element of the statewide program.

The Current TIP (FFYs 2017–21)

On July 28, 2016, the MPO endorsed the new TIP (pdf) (html), which allocates funding for the next five federal fiscal years (FFYs), 2017–21. Thank you to those who submitted comments and who participated in the document’s development. The MPO received approval of the TIP from the Federal Highway and Federal Transit Administrations on October 20, 2016.

What You’ll Find in the TIP:

Endorsed FFYs 2017−2021 TIP

Stay Informed

Whether you represent a municipality, state transportation agency, advocacy organization, interested party, or simply yourself, we want to hear from you!

Federal Reporting

The FFY 2016 Federal Obligation Report (pdf) (html) lists the transportation projects on which federal funds were expended during FFY 2016 (October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016). Table 1 includes transportation projects located entirely within the Boston Region MPO area. Table 2 includes statewide transportation improvement programs and transportation projects that span the Boston Region MPO area and neighboring MPO regions. Federal obligation reports from previous FFYs can be found in the TIP Archive, link below.

TIP Archive

If you’d like to view older TIPs and lists of projects that were advertised for construction in prior years, look no further!

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