The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which the Madison Area TPB updates annually, is a coordinated listing of short-range transportation improvement projects anticipated to be undertaken in the next five-year period. The TIP is the mechanism by which the long-range transportation plan is implemented, and represents the transportation improvement priorities of the region.
Projects within the Madison Area TPB Planning Area must be included in the TIP in order to be eligible to receive federal funding assistance. Outer county area projects are also listed for information and coordination purposes. The list is multi-modal. In addition to streets/roadways, it includes transit, pedestrian and bicycle, parking, and rideshare/transportation demand management projects.
The coordinated listing of projects in the TIP is prepared as a cooperative effort by state and local implementing agencies and the staff of the Madison Area TPB, and is primarily based upon capital improvement programs and budgets. Implementing agencies submit their listings of proposed projects to TPB staff to coordinate into a comprehensive listing of proposed transportation improvements, with indications of project scope, cost timing, etc The listing is subject to review by the Madison Area TPB, Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), Madison Area TPB, local units of government. Opportunities are also provided for public involvement and comments.
The TIP is not a final schedule of project implementation. The time frame shown in the TIP is a "best estimate" at the time of TIP development. The timing of projects can change due to lack of available federal or local funds, delays in project development activities, changes in implementation priorities, and other factors. The annual updating of the TIP allows for these adjustments to project schedules and changes in relative priorities of transportation improvement. In addition, the TIP may be amended after it is adopted in order to add or delete projects, advance a project into the first year, or accommodate cost, phasing, or scope changes to a project. These amendments are usually minor. If a major change were to be adopted, an opportunity for review and comment would be provided for the TPB, TCC, TPB Board, local governments, and the general public.