Mark Debald, Transportation Program Administrator
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) represents the formal capital program that assigns federal funds to highway, bridge, bikeway, pedestrian, transit, and demand management projects to be undertaken over five federal fiscal years (for example, from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2021). Individual project listings identify the proposed schedule, scope, and costs, plus federal, State, and local fund source assignments. Both federally and non-federally funded projects are shown in the TIP, so as to provide a comprehensive view of transportation capital and operating projects in the county. Inclusion of a project 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 transportation and regional planning and implementing agencies. Projects in the TIP flow from recommendations in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan.
Developing the TIP
The DCTC Planning Committee and staff cooperatively develop the TIP, generally beginning in the summer of the year before the TIP takes effect and continuing into the spring of the following year. 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.
If funds are available, the DCTC solicits for new projects by distributing application packets to DCTC members. If necessary, a public TIP application workshop is also held at the Dutchess County Planning Department. Project solicitation ends in the fall, resulting in the submittal of project applications. The DCTC Planning Committee initiates a review of those applications at a fall meeting and in the spring makes a final determination as to which projects will be included in the Draft TIP. The draft project listings are presented to the DCTC for approval in the early summer.
The DCTC approves the TIP for inclusion in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which includes the approved TIPs from all 14 NYS MPOs, plus the capital programs for the State’s rural counties. Federal approval, effective October 1st of the applicable Federal Fiscal Year, concludes the TIP update process, and except for changes made through normal amendment procedures, results in the official STIP.
As required by its Bylaws, the DCTC holds a formal 30-day public comment period and a public information meeting for the Draft TIP.