The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) allocates federal funds for use in construction of the highest-priority transportation projects in the near term of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The TIP must be consistent with the long-range objectives of the RTP and must be financially balanced.
FY 2014-2019 TIP Amendment #2
The TIP is the mechanism by which federal, state and local funds are approved for all significant transportation projects and programs in the region. The FY 2014-2019 TIP comprises the first six years of the Atlanta region’s long range PLAN 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). As the federally recognized Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for a 19-county region, ARC is responsible for developing and updating the TIP and RTP to meet federal planning requirements and address local needs. By definition, an amendment to the TIP also constitutes an amendment to the RTP.
The purposes of the amendment are to 1) adjust cost estimate and programmatic changes that are of a time sensitive nature or cannot be handled administratively, 2) inclusion of Forsyth County bond projects and, 3) address regional travel demand model clean up adjustments. All amendments require a conformity determination from the US DOT, in consultation with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). TIP Amendment #2 will involve a new air quality conformity determination by the United States Department of Transportation on the FY 2014-2019 TIP and PLAN 2040 RTP expected in September. The most recent conformity determination on the TIP and RTP was made on June 2, 2015.
Public comment closed at midnight on July 26, 2015. ARC Committees and Board will take action during August. The GRTA Board will take action in September. A conformity determination is expected in September.
Current FY 2014-2019 Atlanta TIP Information
The FY 2014-2019 Transportation Improvement Program is the $7.05 billion short range plan for the Atlanta region under the PLAN 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Update. Adoption by the ARC Board of the original FY 2014-2019 TIP occurred on March 26, 2014, with GRTA Board approval on April 9, 2014. A conformity determination on the FY 2014-2019 TIP was received from the US DOT on April 30, 2014.
An update to the FY 2014-2019 via TIP Amendment #1 was conducted in the Summer of 2014 and adopted by the ARC Board on August 27, 2014. A conformity determination for TIP Amendment #1 was received on September 29, 2014. ARC conducted an air quality technical analysis update in the Spring of 2015 to incorporate regionally significant initiatives for a new conformity determination. This update did not involve changes to the current PLAN 2040 RTP/TIP program list. These initiatives included the Gainesville-Hall County (GHMPO) 2040 MTP/TIP Update and the MARTA Bus Service Expansion into Clayton County. An updated conformity determination was received on June 2, 2015.