Transportation Improvement Program
What is the TIP?
As the designated metropolitan planning organization for the Kansas City area, MARC maintains a financially constrained Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the region. The TIP is an important document for budgeting the funds needed to make transportation improvements possible. It represents an agency's intent to construct or implement a specific project and the anticipated flow of federal funds and matching state or local contributions. Only the first three years are included in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
Area programmed by the TIP
The metropolitan planning boundary includes Wyandotte, Johnson and Leavenworth counties in Kansas, and Clay, Jackson, Platte and northern Cass counties in Missouri. Parts of the region are designated as maintenance areas for air quality. MARC must make sure that all capacity projects included in the TIP within Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Platte and Wyandotte counties meet air quality conformity requirements established by the Clean Air Act of 1990.
What does the TIP include?
The TIP contains all major surface transportation projects planned to receive federal, state and local funding within the metro area that will be carried out in the next five years.
The TIP incorporates all federally funded projects and all capacity projects — regardless of funding source — that will be carried out in the next five years.. Capacity projects include new roadways, addition of through lanes to existing streets and interchange construction or modification. The TIP identifies or safety improvements to intersections, such as new traffic signals and adding turn lanes. Transit projects, transportation enhancement projects, bike and pedestrian projects, and planning projects funded with sub-allocated Surface Transportation Program (STP) and Bridge funds are also included in the TIP.
How are projects selected?
MARC solicits project proposals from the Kansas and Missouri departments of transportation as well as all local jurisdictions and public transit providers. Priorities for the suballocated STP funds are set by MARC's Highway Committee for the next five years.
Updating the TIP
The TIP update process is on a two-year cycle. It begins in January and is completed by the end of October every other year.
Amending the TIP
MARC amends the TIP on a quarterly cycle upon approval of the Total Transportation Policy Committee and the MARC Board. Amendments are needed when adding new projects, or modifying or deleting existing projects that meet certain criteria. When an amendment is requested, a notice is published in local newspaper announcing a public review and comment period for the proposed amendment.
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