The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a culmination of various transportation planning activities undertaken by the MPO as well as individual jurisdictions in the metropolitan area, including ITD, WSDOT, Lewiston Transit and the Asotin County Public Transportation Benefit Area (PTBA). The TIP fulfills state and federal requirements for having coordinated and reviewed prospective transportation projects for consistency with local and regional goals and finds the projects within this document to be beneficial to the growth and livelihood of the metropolitan area. Adoption and approval of this program permits the individual projects to compete for federal and state funding. Projects with secured funding are sent to either WSDOT for inclusion into the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) in Washington or ITD for inclusion into the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (ITIP) in Idaho, allowing for the obligation of these secured funds to move forward.
All projects using federal funds are required to be in both the Metropolitan TIP and State TIP. Furthermore, any project that is considered regionally significant is required to be in both TIPs, even if it is not receiving any federal funds. SAFETEA-LU requires MPOs to consider eight (8) planning factors (23CFR450.306(a)) in their consideration of projects.
The Metropolitan TIP is in effect at the beginning of the first fiscal year of the program. The TIP is typically approved by the Policy Board each September and is in effect October 1st of each year. The STIP in Idaho is typically not approved until January or February of each year. Additionally, the Washington STIP is by calendar year. Contact your MPO office if you need assistance or questions on when your project is approved to move forward.