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Transportation Improvement Program

FYs 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is short-term multi-year work program that lists all regionally significant and federally-funded transportation projects in the MPO planning area. The program includes projects for all modes of surface transportation including highways and streets, public transportation, and walking and bicycling. Any project included in the TIP must be consistent with, or be selected from the adopted 2035 Regional Transportation Plan. Additionally, the TIP must be fiscally-constrained by estimated revenues.

The MPO has developed the draft Transportation Improvement Program for federal fiscal years 2014 through 2017 and is seeking public review and comment through the adoption hearing scheduled for December 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM as part of the regularly scheduled executive board meeting.

Call-for-Projects: Schedule of Activities

The MPO began accepting applications for funding for the FYs 2014-2017 TIP on October 17, 2012.

October 10, 2012 TCC TIP Kickoff Work Session
October 17 MPO Board Meeting: Call-for-Projects Announced
December 5 TCC Meeting: Review Project Evaluation Process
December 12 MPO Board Meeting: Review Project Evaluation Process
December 14 Deadline for Project Proposals
November/January Project Evaluation by MPO Staff
January 9, 2013 TCC Meeting: Endorse list of Candidate Projects & TDOT Priorities
January 16 MPO Board Meeting: Endorse list of Candidate Projects & TDOT Priorities
February/March TCC Workshops: Project Prioritization
April/May Receive/ Review State Projects from TDOT/ State 3-Year Work Program
May 1 TCC Meeting: Endorse Draft TIP and Project Priorities
May 15 MPO Board Meeting: Endorse Draft TIP and Project Priorities
May/July State Review of Draft TIP
August/October Federal Review of Draft TIP
November 6 TCC Meeting: Endorse Draft TIP for Public Review & Comment
November 20 MPO Board Meeting: Endorse Draft TIP for Public Review & Comment
December 4

TCC Meeting: Endorse Draft TIP (PUBLIC HEARING #1)

December 11 MPO Board Meeting: Endorse Draft TIP for Adoption (PUBLIC HEARING #2)

Project Evaluation Criteria

With little chance that there will be enough funding around to pay for all transportation improvements identified over the next few months, the MPO will evaluate each candidate project for its ability to fulfill regional goals for livability, sustainability, prosperity, and diversity. The following are some of the questions that will guide that analysis.

Congestion

  • What are the root causes of congestion in the vicinity of the project location? (e.g., traffic volume, physical design, crashes, regulations, behavioral, freight, etc.)
  • How well does the project address those causes?
  • How could the project be scoped to include congestion management solutions to optimize its benefit?

Safety

  • How well does the project address safety concerns?
  • Is the project in a high-crash corridor?
  • How can the project be scoped to increase safety of all users?

Security

  • How well does the project address security concerns?
  • Does the project aid/ harm important evacuation routes?
  • How can the project be scoped to features that help secure citizens and regional resources?

Availability of Transportation Choices

  • How well does the project introduce, support, or reinforce multiple transportation choices for people to access jobs, schools, food, entertainment, etc?
  • How can the project be scoped to incorporate facilities for and/or connections to non-motorized modes and transit?

Socio-Cultural Resources/ Natural Environmental

  • Does the project aid/ harm in the preservation of the region's natural or socio-cultural resources (e.g., open space, animal habitat, historic structures, churches, community centers, etc.)?
  • How can the project be scoped to mitigate the negative impacts to valuable resources?
  • How well does the project support efforts to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, particularly foreign oil?
  • How well does the project support efforts to improve air and water quality?

Title VI/ ADA Compliance

  • Does the project aid/ harm the advancement of social justice and equal opportunity to destinations throughout the region?
  • How can the project be scoped to mitigate any negative impacts to predominately low-income or minority communities or persons with a disability.

System Preservation/ Financial Sustainability

  • How well does the project make use of limited financial resources to ensure the continued productivity of the existing transportation system?
  • How can the project be scoped to include features the make the facility more efficient (e.g., ITS, design, materials, etc.).

Economic Benefit

  • How well does the project support or stimulate the local/ regional economy?
  • How well does the project support freight movements?
  • To what degree doe the implementation of the project create jobs?
  • How well does the facility connect people with opportunities to engage in economic activity?
  • To what degree does the project aid in the region's economic competitiveness with other metro areas of the nation?
  • Is the project supported by business leaders?

Consistency with Plans

  • Is the project consistent with local, state, or other regional plans for growth (economic development, land use, etc.)?
  • Has the project been endorsed locally through the adoption of a local major thoroughfare plan, transportation element of a comprehensive plan, or by resolution of the local governing body?
  • If on a state-route, is the project endorsed or supported by TDOT?


for more information

Transportation Improvement Program:

Felix Castrodad
Principal Transportation Planner
615-862-7157
castrodad@nashvillempo.org

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