Ever wonder how the region’s transportation agencies prioritize and fund major projects and programs? Or which projects are scheduled for funding and construction in the next few years? On July 12, the TPB will host a public forum to shed greater light on the project funding and prioritization process and to take a closer look at the region’s six-year transportation spending document, known as the Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP.
The TIP Forum will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 12. TPB planners along with state and regional transportation officials will be on hand to present information and answer questions. The TPB’s planners will present highlights from the current TIP and the new TIP under development, which will cover spending from FY 2019 through FY 2024. The planners will also explain the federal regulations governing development of the TIP and the TPB’s relationship to the District and states’ processes.
Then, officials from the three state-level departments of transportation (DOTs) and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will discuss their project prioritization processes, funding mechanisms, and opportunities for public involvement at the state and regional levels.
A few major projects expected to be included in the draft FY 2019-2024 TIP include Maryland’s Purple Line and Traffic Relief Plan on the Capital Beltway, I-66 inside and outside the Beltway in northern Virginia, and the Benning Road reconstruction and streetcar extension, and rehabilitation of the South Capitol Street bridge in the District of Columbia.
The TIP is an important regional planning document because it identifies the major transportation projects and programs for which local, state, and regional agencies have identified and committed funding over the next six years. As such, it’s a reflection of the transportation priorities of those jurisdictions and agencies. It also provides information on the sources of funding for major projects and can be analyzed to determine what share of spending is going to certain project types or travel modes.
The TPB will consider the draft FY 2019-2024 TIP for approval at its October meeting. A federally required 30-day comment period ahead of that meeting will give the public a formal opportunity to comment on the draft spending document. At the same time, the TPB will also invite comment on the draft Visualize 2045 long-range plan. Visualize 2045 is a longer-term plan that identifies projects and programs that area transportation agencies expect to be able to afford in coming decades but that have not been prioritized for funding in the next few years.
The TPB holds a public forum on the TIP every two years as required by federal law.