Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Metropolitan and Regional Transportation Improvement Program

The BFCG M/RTIP is a planning document of current transportation projects planned to be completed or constructed in the upcoming four years in the Benton-Franklin region.

The federal requirements for the TIP development process are established in federal surface transportation legislation, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Signed into law on December 4, 2015, the FAST Act continues many of the parameters for TIP development from previous legislation, the most recent being the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act from 2012. The FAST Act mandates MPO’s to approach planning and programming with a performance-based approach.

  • Include any projects with federal funding under 23 U.S.C (Federal Highway Administration) and projects that are considered regionally significant;
  • Ensure consistency between projects in the TIP and the projects in the M/RTP;
  • Include a demonstration that the projects included in the TIP can be implemented with reasonably available resources;
  • Certify that the National Highway System (NHS) facilities are in adequate condition;
  • Provide reasonable opportunity for public comments, including a formal public meeting;
  • Be developed at least every four years by the MPO in cooperation with the State and any affected public transportation operators.

Washington State law requires that a regional TIP be updated at least every two years and include a program of projects for at least six years.

 2019-2024 Draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
         Tri-Cities MPO and the Benton-Franklin RTPO
                        2019 DRAFT TIP DOCUMENT

2019 TIP Whole Document

2019 TIP Map


West Richland
Benton County
Franklin County
Benton City
Port of Pasco
Port of Benton
Ben Franklin Transit

   2018-2023 Final Draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
         Tri-Cities MPO and the Benton-Franklin RTPO

                                      2018 FINAL ADOPTED TIP DOCUMENT

APPENDIX A – Public and Agency Participation Process
APPENDIX B – Certification of Private Enterprise Participation Process & Financial Capacity of Transit Operator
APPENDIX C – TIP/STIP Amendments and Administrative Modifications
APPENDIX D – Metropolitan/Regional Planning Area List of Obligations and Closures – FFY 2017
APPENDIX E – Secured Projects 2018 – 2021
APPENDIX F – Planned Projects 2018 – 2023
APPENDIX G – BFCG Regional Projects

Please send comments to the Benton-Franklin Council of Governments
Transportation Office: Mailing address: 1622 Terminal Dr, Richland, 99354 or email us at:

Amendments to the 2017 TIP

Periodically, amendments to the TIP may alter, add or delete projects within the TIP. Amendments can be made throughout the calendar year by submitting a written request to BFCG staff. Amendments to the TIP may include adding a new project, deleting a project, adding a new phase, increasing federal funds, changing funding from non-federal to federal, or major scope change. Once BFCG staff receives a written request the amendment request will be reviewed for consistency with the M/RTP and State and Federal regulations. The TAC/PAC meet monthly and make recommendations to the BFCG Board for approval. The Board action is then sent to the appropriate state and federal agencies for review and approval. Amendments take approximately forty-five to sixty days.

For monthly amendment details click on links below:

2018 Amendment


January  2/16/2018
March  4/11/2018
April  5/16/2018
June 7/12/2018
July 8/15/2018
September 10/17/18
October 11/14/18

For more information regarding the BFCG Metropolitan/Regional TIP or TIP amendments contact Geoff Wagner at (509) 943-9185 or email Geoff Wagner

Washington State Department of Transportation maintains a database dedicated to the secured projects within all statewide TIP’s. Information about projects can be obtained by accessing this site: WSDOT Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)

An annual listing of federal obligations can be accessed by the links below:

2017 Annual Listing of Federal Obligations
2016 Annual Listing of Federal Obligations
2015 Annual Listing of Federal Obligations

Ben Franklin Transit Transit Development Plan (TDP) & Program of Projects (POP)

The TDP BFT logois a six-year transit plan required by the Washington State Legislature and Federal Transit Administration. The TDP includes a summary document which shows the size of the fleet, costs, revenue, service revenue hours, revenue miles, expenses, operating characteristics and capital expenditures.

Public hearings and a thirty-day comment period are held to obtain input from the public on the TDP. The POP is a listing of planned capital expenditures including construction, vehicles, equipment and consulting support that are funded with FTA grants, state and local funding.

TDP (Current and Past)