Transportation Improvement Program
Transportation Improvement Program
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) requires that the metropolitan transportation planning process include the cooperative development of a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) – a staged, multi-year program of projects. The TIP identifies the timing and funding of all highway, bridge, transit, intelligent transportation system, bicycle, and pedestrian transportation projects scheduled for implementation in the region during the next four years using federal transportation funds. Learn more details on the GTC Website.
Information about the current program is available below. The 2020-2024 TIP includes transportation projects funded with approximately $410 million of federal aid, supplemented by other state and local sources of funds. GTC and NYSDOT typically conduct a complete update of the TIP every three years. The previous TIP was adopted in 2016. The 2020-2024 TIP includes the last year of the 2017-2020 TIP (October 2019 through September 2020) plus four additional years (October 2020 through September 2024).
Information about the upcoming 2023-2027 TIP which is under development now through June 2022 is available below.
TIP Definition & Purpose:
The TIP is the spending and implementation plan for specific transportation improvements in the seven-county area that includes Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, and Wyoming counties, using federal funds, over at least the four Federal Fiscal Years from adoption. It lists specific projects, the lead agency administering the project, anticipated schedules, costs, and fund-sources for each phase of a project from preliminary engineering, right-of-way acquisition to construction, and inspection. The TIP is usually updated on a three-year cycle.
Although GTC serves a nine-county region, GTC is responsible for developing the TIP for the designated Rochester Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA), which includes all of Monroe County plus the adjacent developed areas of Livingston, Ontario, and Wayne counties.
NYSDOT is responsible for developing the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), including areas outside the MPA. However, GTC and NYSDOT Region-4 work cooperatively to develop the TIP for the seven-county area, which corresponds to NYSDOT Region-4.
The TIP must be consistent with the goals and objectives of the LRTP.
Members of the public can review and submit comments to GTC on the draft Program, the recommended list of transportation projects, and amendments presented to the GTC Board.
'20 - '24 Transportation Improvement Program
As a condition for receipt of transportation funding, the federal government requires that the metropolitan transportation planning process include the cooperative development of a Transportation Improvement...
'23-'27 Transportation Improvement Program
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) identifies the timing and funding of all highway, bridge, transit, bicycle, pedestrian, and other surface transportation projects scheduled for implementation...
Public Participation Process -- GTC Public Engagement Plan, Adopted February 2021
In coordination with NYSDOT’s efforts to update the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, GTC and NYSDOT Region-4 periodically reach out to leadership of member agencies, eligible counties, municipalities, and authorities seeking projects that will use federal funds in the engineering, right-of-way, and construction phases through a combination of written and electronic notifications.
Potential applicants can attend a workshop, consult the TIP Guidebook and the TIP Procedures Manual, and seek guidance from GTC staff to better understand the process and commitments for using federal funds.
The TIP Development Committee (TDC), a sub-committee of the Planning Committee, guides the development of the new TIP. The TDC is comprised of representatives from the MPA counties (Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, and Wayne), the City of Rochester, the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA), and NYSDOT Region-4. The TDC reviews and prioritizes the applications and recommends a list of projects to be funded for consideration by the Planning Committee.
The Planning Committee considers and approves a draft TIP for a 30-day public review period.
GTC will publicize the public review period by publishing a legal notice in the daily newspaper with the largest circulation in the region, currently the Democrat and Chronicle, notifying the local news media, sharing on social media, sending out mass e-mail campaigns, and other means as appropriate.
During the public review period, GTC will host at least two meetings to discuss the content and development process, and to solicit input about how the proposed list of projects reflects the goals of the LRTP.
The public will be able to review the draft document online or view hard copies in person or upon request. Alternative formats (e.g., Braille, text-based, etc.) that allow people with disabilities or limited proficiency in English to review the draft TIP and provide their comments will be available upon request.
People can submit written comments online by e-mail or US mail.
The Planning Committee will review a summary of the public comments and revise the draft TIP, if appropriate, prior to recommending to the GTC Board for consideration. Planning Committee and Board meetings are open to the public. Upon adoption, the TIP is incorporated into the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). GTC and NYSDOT-4 staffs work together to ensure consistency between the adopted TIP and the draft STIP while the draft STIP is available for public review.
Review, Updates and Amendments:
The TDC meets regularly to assist GTC and NYSDOT Region-4 to maintain the TIP between updates. The TDC reviews substantive changes to projects that may require amending the adopted TIP including new or removed projects, and significant changes in scope, limits, schedule, or Federal funding. The Amendments, as defined by the TIP Procedures Manual, are first reviewed by the Planning Committee prior to consideration by the GTC Board. All amendments are subject to public review and comment. Less significant changes to the TIP are considered Modifications and are approved by the Planning Committee or the TDC. Notification is provided to the Board of these changes, but public review is not required.