About the TIP

Transportation Council
Eoin Wrafter, Commissioner


The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is 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 a project's proposed scope, schedule, cost, and fund source. Both federal and State funded projects are shown in the TIP, in order to provide a comprehensive view of transportation projects in the county. Inclusion on the TIP allows environmental studies, project development, and construction to proceed according to the schedule presented. The TIP is developed in cooperation with State and local officials, regional and local transit operators, and other affected agencies. Projects on the TIP must be consistent with the goals in our Transportation Plan.

Developing the TIP

The TIP development process includes two main activities: 1) updating costs and schedules for existing projects carried over from the previous TIP, and 2) soliciting new highway and transit projects. For existing projects, we work with State and local highway agencies, municipalities, and transit operators to evaluate their projects and adjust them based on changes in funding availability, project schedules and scopes, and local priorities.

When funds are available, we issue a call for projects to local municipalities and transit providers. Our Planning Committee reviews eligible applications, and consulting with staff, determines which projects should be included in the draft TIP. The draft TIP is then presented to our voting members for final approval.

Final approval allows the TIP to be included in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which contains TIPs from all 14 NYSMPOs and the State’s program of projects for rural counties. Federal approval, effective October 1 of the applicable Federal Fiscal Year, concludes the TIP update process and results in the final Statewide TIP. Periodic TIP amendments are made as needed between update cycles.

Public Involvement

As required by our bylaws, we hold a 30-day public comment period and a public information meeting prior to adopting the TIP.

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