Welcome to the NFRMPO TIP
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) presents a specific set of projects and activities to be funded in this transportation planning region over the next several years.
Projects in the TIP must come from an approved Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and emerge from the Congestion Management Process (CMP) identified therein. The TIP must be consistent with other transportation plans and programs within the region and it must show conformity with the Colorado State Implementation Plan (SIP) for air quality, a requirement for meeting standards of federal Clean Air Act. During its preparation and occasional amendments of the TIP, the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (NFRMPO) provides interested parties opportunities to review and comment on the projects identified in the TIP.
The federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users of 2005 (SAFETEA-LU) as amended, and Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) require that a TIP include:
- An “agreed to” list of projects and project segments to be carried out over a four-year period after the initial adoption of the TIP. In Colorado, the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) covers a six-year period. Federal legislation requires all federal-aid projects programmed in the NFRMPO's TIP to be included in the STIP. Regionally significant projects that might not involve federal funds are also listed in the TIP, particularly for reasons related to air quality.
- A financial plan that demonstrates how the TIP can be implemented, indicates resources that are reasonably expected to be made available to carry out the plan, and recommends any additional financing strategies for needed projects and programs.
- In air quality nonattainment and maintenance areas, the TIP shall give priority to timely implementation of eligible Transportation Control Measures (TCMs) contained in the approved SIP in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s transportation conformity regulation.
A latest version of the TIP addressing fiscal years 2012 through 2017 was initially approved March 3, 2011 and then updated on September 1, 2011 by the NFRMPO Planning Council. The September 1, 2011 update was done in conjunction with an update of the NFRMPO's 2035 Regional Transportation Plan.
A narrative and policy document about the TIP, listed as, *2012-2017 Transportation Improvement Program: Policy, along with its project funding table, *2012-2017 Transportation Improvement Program: Table (which includes the most recent project amendments), are available in the Library (see below).
The North Front Range MPO Council held a public hearing on September 1, 2011 regarding the updated version of the TIP but no comments were received that evening. The TIP was prepared in order to be consistent with the updated 2035 Regional Transportation Plan, which was adopted on the same date.
Call for Projects - Fall 2010
The process to prepare a 2012-2017 version of the TIP included a “Call for Projects,” which started in September 2010. The “Call for Projects” specifically addressed federal funds expected to be available through the following programs of the Federal Highway Administration: Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality; Surface Transportation – Metropolitan; and Transportation Enhancement Activities. Click here for more information, including two-page summaries about the projects selected for funding in Fiscal Years 2012-2015.
A guidance booklet entitled, 2010 TIP Project Submittal Guidebook FY12-15.pdf, noted below in the Library of TIP documents, describes the process by which projects were conceived, scored, and ranked. The TIP lists the projects for which funds were eventually assigned.
NFRMPO Annual List of Obligated Projects
After projects are programmed in the TIP and federal funding becomes available for new ones each fiscal year, one of the next steps involves funding agreements with the Federal Highway Administration or the Federal Transit Administration to obligate the funds for each project. Funds are typically obligated one step at a time for specific phases of highway improvement projects or programs, such as a design, right-of-way, utilities relocation, or construction phase.
The list of documents in the Library below includes the 2012 NFRMPO Annual List of Obligated Projects, which contains additional explanatory information. This report includes summaries and pie charts for the same funding programs that appear as sections of the TIP.
Questions or Comments?
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This text was last updated on 3/06/2013