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 (LRTP), Charting Progress to 2040, guides the project selection process. For a better understanding of the TIP process, please explore these pages:

The Current TIP: FFYs 2019-23 Developing the FFYs 2020-24 TIP Interactive Project Database Municipal TIP Contacts

FFYs 2020–24 TIP Development

To see the current schedule for the federal fiscal years (FFY) 2020-24 TIP development, key upcoming MPO meetings, and relevant documents, visit the TIP Development Page.

FFYs 2019–23 TIP Amendment One: Public Comment Period

On November 15, 2018, the MPO board voted to release for public review a draft amendment to the FFYs 2019–23 TIP. Amendment One includes changes to highway funding in FFY 2019 and transit funding in FFYs 2019–23. The changes to highway funding impact two regionally prioritized projects. The amendment moves federal earmarks for project #606226 (Reconstruction of Rutherford Avenue in Boston) from FFY 2021 to FFY 2019, to be used for project design costs, and adds a new regionally prioritized project. The new project uses remaining MPO funds in FFY 2019 to provide seed capital for Middlesex 3 TMA to run second shift and weekend shuttle service between Lowell and Burlington. Other changes to highway funding include the addition of two new projects, an increase in funding for one project, and an increase in cost for another project. For a summary of the changes to highway funding proposed as part of Amendment One, refer to the simplified Amendment One Highway table.

The changes to transit projects reflect funds carried over from FFY 2018 to FFY 2019, and align the TIP with the Capital Investment Program approved in June 2018. The amendment reflects the addition of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) projects including Automatic Train Control for Commuter Rail, Green Line track upgrades, Red Line interlocking upgrades, Alewife Crossing improvements, additional funding for battery-electric buses, and the procurement of maintenance vehicles. The amendment removes the North Station Draw 1 bridge project, which will be completed without federal funds. In addition, the amendment removes the Elevator and Escalator Program and includes elevator and escalator initiatives under the overall Stations and Facilities Program. For a summary of the changes to transit funding proposed as part of Amendment One, refer to the simplified Amendment One Transit tables.

The 21-day public comment period for TIP Amendment One begins November 27, 2018, and ends at 5:00 PM on December 17, 2018. The MPO is expected to vote to approve Amendment One on Thursday, December 20, 2018. Submit questions and comments to Ali Kleyman, Certification Activities Manager, at akleyman@ctps.org or 857.702.3709 or via the feedback form.

FFYs 2019–23 TIP (Current) 

On May 24, 2018, the MPO endorsed a TIP (pdf) (html) that allocates funding for federal fiscal years (FFYs) 2019-23. For the complete list of regional- and state-prioritized projects, please refer to the TIP tables. The FFYs 2019-23 TIP went into effect on October 1, 2018. Thank you to those who submitted comments and participated in the document’s development. To review the development of the FFYs 2019-23 TIP, visit the archived TIP development page.

What You’ll Find in the TIP:

  • Tables of projects programmed, by federal fiscal year [as endorsed on 5/24/2018] (pdf)
  • 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

Full Document (pdf) (html)

Executive Summary (pdf)

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 about federally funded transportation projects throughout the state. Federal obligation reports from previous FFYs may 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, Manager of Certification Activities, at 857.702.3709 (voice), 617.570.9193 (TTY), or akleyman@ctps.org (email).