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What is the TIP?

Transportation Council
Eoin Wrafter, Commissioner

 

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) represents the formal capital program that assigns federal funds to highway, bridge, pedestrian, bicycle, and transit projects over a five-year period (by federal fiscal year). Each listing identifies the proposed scope, schedule, cost, and fund source for a project. Both federally and non-federally funded projects are shown in the TIP, so as to provide a comprehensive view of transportation projects in the county. Inclusion on the TIP allows environmental study, project development, and construction to proceed according to the schedule presented in the detailed project listing. The TIP is developed in cooperation with State and local officials, regional and local transit operators, and other affected agencies. Projects in the TIP must be consistent with the goals in the long-range Transportation Plan.


Developing the TIP

The TIP development process covers two major activities: 1) updating costs and schedules for existing projects carried over from the previous TIP, and 2) soliciting for new highway and transit projects. The Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC) Planning Committee and DCTC staff cooperatively work on these activities when developing the TIP.

For existing projects,
state and local highway officials, transit operators, and other transportation agencies, revaluate their projects and reprioritize them based on changes in funding availability, project schedules and scopes, and local infrastructure goals.

When funds are available, the DCTC will issue a call for projects to local municipalities and transit providers. The Planning Committee will review eligible applications at one or more of their regular meetings, and upon consultation with staff, make a final determination as to which projects should be included in the Draft TIP. The Draft TIP is then presented to the DCTC for final approval.

Final approval by the DCTC allows the TIP to be included in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which contains the TIPs from all 14 NYSMPOs and the State‚Äôs program for rural counties. Federal approval, effective October 1 of the applicable Federal Fiscal Year, concludes the TIP update process, and except for changes made through periodic amendments, results in the final STIP.

Public Involvement

As required by its Bylaws, the DCTC must hold a 30-day public comment period and a public information meeting prior to adopting the TIP.


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