Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
What is the TIP?
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a compilation of significant surface transportation improvements scheduled for implementation in the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area during the next four fiscal years. The fiscal year (FY) begins October 1st and ends September 30th of the following year. The TIP provides a staged, multiyear, intermodal program of transportation projects, which is consistent with the most current Metro COG Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).
Metro COG, as part of the metropolitan area’s comprehensive, coordinated, and continuous transportation planning process (3-C process), develops the TIP annually. It is also developed in cooperation with the multiple Metro COG planning partners; the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the North Dakota of Department of Transportation (NDDOT), Metro Area Transit (MATBUS) of Fargo-Moorhead, local municipal and county jurisdictions, and other organizations and agencies eligible for project sponsorship.
The TIP includes an Annual Element component for projects implemented during the first year of the TIP. Projects included in the Annual Listing of Obligated Projects constitute the agreed-to listing of Federal-Aid and Regionally Significant improvements approved by the Metro COG Policy Board.
The Metro COG TIP includes projects funded by the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) and its associated administrations. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provide funding for roadways and trails, and public transit projects respectively. The Metro COG TIP includes basic project information such as the location, type of improvement, length, anticipated cost estimates, proposed funding sources, and schedule for each phase of federally funded projects. Non-federally funded, local projects are shown with less-detailed listings that provide information.
Federal legislation requires a TIP be updated every four years however, Metro COG updates the TIP annually. After approval by the Metro COG Policy Board, the TIP is forwarded for approval by the governors of Minnesota and North Dakota (or their representatives) and is incorporated, by reference or verbatim, into the respective State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The FHWA and FTA review STIPs for conformity with federal transportation laws.