Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

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The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is the five-year rolling capital plan for the 97 cities and towns in the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization's (MPO) planning area. The TIP documents all transportation projects that will receive federal funding in the region over the next five years. Projects in the TIP include those supported by Regional Target funds—the federal transportation dollars that the MPO has direct discretion over—and federally funded projects of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA), and the Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA). 

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Development of the FFYs 2025–29 TIP

Cover page of FFYs 2025-29 TIP featuring photographs of a tree-lined dirt road across an open field in the autumn and the skyline of Boston lit in the twilight and reflected in the Charles River Basin

The next TIP programs approximately $6.2 billion across five years for critical regional projects by the MPO, MassDOT, MBTA, MWRTA, and CATA. The Boston Region MPO has prioritized 70 projects for regional funding in this TIP, 32 of which are new projects. The FFYs 2025–29 TIP was endorsed by the Boston Region MPO Board on June 6, 2024 and will go into effect on October 1, 2024, the start of FFY 2025.

FFYs 2025–⁠29 TIP (PDF) FFYs 2025–29 TIP Appendices (PDF) FFYs 2025–29 TIP (HTML) FFYs 2025–29 TIP Appendices (HTML)

FFY 2025–29 Executive Summary Translations

Executive Summary (PDF) Executive Summary (HTML) Resumen Ejecutivo (PDF) Resumen Ejecutivo (HTML) Sumário executivo (PDF) Sumário executivo (HTML) 执行总结 (PDF) 执行总结 (HTML) 執行總結 (PDF) 執行總結 (HTML) Rezime Egzekitif (PDF) Rezime Egzekitif (HTML) Tóm Tắt Dự Án (PDF) Tóm Tắt Dự Án (HTML)

Current FFYs 2024–28 TIP

Cover page of FFYs 2024-28 TIP featuring photographs of the Boston Public Garden and Salem's House of the Seven Gables

The FFYs 2024–28 TIP programs approximately $6.5 billion for investment in critical transportation projects in the region by the MPO, MassDOT, MBTA, MWRTA, and CATA. The TIP contains 57 regionally prioritized projects slated to receive funding from the MPO between October 2023 and September 2028, including 21 new projects. The FFYs 2024–28 TIP went into effect on October 1, 2023, the start of FFY 2024, and will remain in effect until September 30, 2024.

Please submit any feedback to tip@ctps.org or reach out to Ethan Lapointe, Transportation Improvement Program Manager, at elapointe@ctps.org or 857.702.3703. to share your feedback.

Final FFYs 2024–⁠28 TIP (w. Appendices) (PDF) Final FFYs 2024–28 TIP (HTML) Final FFYs 2024–28 TIP Appendices (HTML)

FFY 2024–28 Executive Summary Translations

Executive Summary (PDF) Executive Summary (HTML) Resumen Ejecutivo (PDF) Resumen Ejecutivo (HTML) Sumário executivo (PDF) Sumário executivo (HTML) 执行总结 (PDF) 执行总结 (HTML) 執行總結 (PDF) 執行總結 (HTML) Rezime Egzekitif (PDF) Rezime Egzekitif (HTML) Tóm Tắt Dự Án (PDF) Tóm Tắt Dự Án (HTML)

Amendments and Adjustments

Amendment One

Amendment One proposed transferring six projects from FFY 2023 to FFY 2024 and a cost increase, due to design changes, for the Route 128 Guide Sign Replacement project in Peabody and Gloucester. The amendment also implemented raised crosswalks, pedestrian refuge islands, curb extensions, and other safety countermeasures at nine intersections in the City of Boston using the FFY 2022 Boston Safe Streets for All grant. For more information, refer to the Amendment One (PDF) table.

Adjustment One

Adjustment One proposed changes to the FFY 2024 program, including the reprogramming of MassDOT Community Transit Grant matching funds, cost adjustments for MWRTA CatchConnect Microtransit Expansion Phase 2, minor cost adjustments for two Bluebikes expansion projects, and minor cost adjustments and proposed scope changes for three bicycle parking projects. For more information, refer to the Adjustment One (PDF) table.

Amendment Two

Amendment Two proposed the addition of earmarks for design projects in Arlington, Brookline, Dover, and Needham; funding for new Bluebikes stations in Arlington, Newton, and Watertown; and changes to CATA’s FFY 2024 program, including a delay in the start year of the On-Demand Service Expansion project in Rockport.  For more information, refer to the Amendment Two (PDF) table.

Amendment Three

Amendment Three adjusted the scope of work for the FFYs 2024 and 2025 funding years of Newton’s Newton-in-Motion or “NewMo” Microtransit Service Expansion. The scope of work was adjusted to prioritize services to seniors and persons with disabilities, with less emphasis on workforce, commuter, and student service. For more information, refer to the Amendment Three (PDF) table.

Amendment Four

Amendment Four proposed cost and schedule changes for four roadway and bridge projects in the FFYs 2024 Regional Target and Statewide Highway Programs. The amendment also adjusted funding for the Reconstruction of the Interstate 90 and Interstate 495 interchange between FFYs 2025 and 2028. The amendment also proposed schedule changes for fleet procurement by the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority, and programmed multiple Boston Region awards for MassDOT’s State Fiscal Year 2024 Community Transit Grant Program.  For more information on Amendment 4, refer to the Amendment Four (PDF) table.

Amendment Five

Amendment Five proposed delays for two projects in the FFY 2024 Statewide Highway Program to FFY 2025. These projects were a Bridge Replacement for Route 62 over the Ipswich River in Middleton and preservation of five bridges carrying Route 1A in East Boston. For more information, refer to the Amendment Five (PDF) table.

TIP Project Cost Policies

In the spring of 2021, the MPO board voted to create an Ad Hoc Committee to explore the ongoing issue of cost increases for programmed TIP projects. The goal of the committee was to explore the causes and consequences of cost increases for projects that the MPO funds and recommend possible policy changes to the full MPO board. The committee was chaired by the MPO board’s vice chair, representing the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and had eight members representing MassDOT, the Regional Transportation Advisory Council, the MBTA Advisory Board, the City of Boston, the City of Everett, the City of Somerville, the Town of Medway, and the Town of Rockland.

The committee met six times, ultimately voting to recommend a set of policies to the full MPO board. This fact sheet (PDF) fact sheet (HTML) outlines proposed policy changes to the TIP process. This proposal is available in a more detailed format in a memo (PDF) memo (HTML) submitted to the MPO board for consideration at the board’s meeting on Thursday, September 23, 2021. At that meeting, the board voted to release this proposal for public review. The public comment period closed at 5:00 PM on Monday, October 18, 2021. The committee met on October 21, 2021, to review public comments. The MPO voted to endorse the new policies at its meeting on November 4, 2021. The MPO applied the new policies for the first time during the development of the FFYs 2023–27 TIP, which was endorsed by the MPO on May 26, 2022.

Key Materials

Past Meetings

Federal Reporting

The MPO must publish a complete list of obligated projects within 90 days after the close of the FFY. Obligated projects are projects that have funds committed to them through the approval of a construction contract. The list includes the amount of money approved in the TIP, the total amount obligated, and the remaining balance for each project or program. The FFY 2023 Federal Obligation Report (PDF) lists the MassDOT, MBTA, CATA, and MWRTA projects within the MPO area that spent federal funds during FFY 2022 (October 1, 2022–September 30, 2023). Federal obligation reports from previous FFYs may be found in the TIP Archive.

TIP Archive

Older TIP documents and the lists of projects that were advertised for construction in prior years are available in the archive.

Contact

Ethan Lapointe-TIP Manager                 
857.702.3703                 
tip@ctps.org