Transportation Improvement Program

Federally-funded transportation improvements for the region

The Twin Cities Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) describes all proposed federally-funded transportation projects within the metropolitan planning area, including highway, transit, bike and pedestrian improvements. The program is pulled together yearly and spans a four-year period.

The Met Council, as the Metropolitan Planning Organization, is federally required to prepare the TIP as a short-range program that complements its long-range transportation plan. The estimated project costs described in the program must not exceed anticipated revenues in any given fiscal year. The Met Council prepares the TIP in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).

Program components and process

The TIP must include all federal funds proposed to be spent in the urbanized area. This includes funds granted through the Regional Solicitation process; federal funds programmed by MnDOT for the Metro District; federal transit funds programmed by the Met Council and transit providers; and federal funds programmed for the urbanized portions of Wright and Sherburne Counties and the town of Houlton, Wisconsin.

The projects program must be consistent with and implement the region’s Transportation Policy Plan and meet the State Implementation Plan for air quality. The TIP and its amendments are reviewed and recommended by the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) and its technical advisory committee, and approved by the Met Council.

TIP amendments

Sometimes it is necessary to make project changes that cannot wait for the next annual adoption of the TIP. These changes require amendments. The two most common amendments are changes in project scope and changes in project cost. TIP amendments are reviewed and recommended by the Transportation Advisory Board’s Funding and Programming Committee, the board, and then moved to the Met Council for approval.

If an amendment request is for a project that is not funded through the Regional Solicitation and not regionally significant, it is eligible for a streamlined amendment process. This allows the TAB Technical Advisory Committee’s Executive Committee to approve the amendment and move the request directly to TAB.