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. The BFCG 2020-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) was adopted by the BFCG Board on October 18, 2019.
- 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.
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)
BFCG Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Policies and Procedures
The TIP Policies and Procedures is a transportation programming resource for BFCG’s member agencies. The purpose of the document is to outline the goals and objectives of BFCG’s program and to identify the policies and procedures to implement the program. The BFCG TIP Policies and Procedures was adopted by the BFCG Board on October 18, 2019.
2020 TIP Amendments
Once the TIP is approved by the Board, projects in that year’s TIP can be amended or administratively modified. An amendment requires a TAC recommendation followed by Board approval. Administrative modifications do not require Board approval and can be submitted directly to WSDOT through the Secure Access Washington (SAW) software. In either case a request is sent to BFCG explaining what the project is and why it needs to be amended/administratively modified.
An annual listing of federal obligations can be accessed by the links below: