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)