Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

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Each year, approximately 150 transportation infrastructure projects, collectively costing more than one billion dollars, are submitted as candidates to receive funding through the Boston Region MPO’s rolling, five-year capital investment program, the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The types of projects that are eligible for TIP funding include intersection improvements, Complete Streets redesigns, bicycle and pedestrian connections, highway reconstruction, transit maintenance, and transit expansion. Typically, approximately $95 million is available in any given year for such projects. Each year, the MPO gathers project ideas, evaluates and prioritizes the candidate projects, and then selects which projects will receive the region’s share of federal and state roadway funding. The vision established in the MPO’s Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), Charting Progress to 2040, guides the project selection process. For a better understanding of the TIP process, please explore these pages:

The Current TIP: FFYs 2019-23 Developing the FFYs 2020-24 TIP Interactive Project Database Municipal TIP Contacts

FFYs 2020–24 TIP Endorsed

At the MPO meeting on May 30, 2019, the board voted to endorse the FFYs 2020–24 TIP (pdf) (html). The FFYs 2020-24 TIP will be reviewed by the MPO’s federal partners and go into effect on October 1, 2019.

To review this year’s TIP development process and relevant documents, visit the TIP Development Page.


Adopted Amendments to the Current TIP (FFYs 2019–23)

Adjustment One

On June 20, 2019, the MPO board endorsed Adjustment One to the FFYs 2019-23 TIP. Adjustment One changes the programming year for Earmark MA 124 from FFY 2020 to FFY 2019. This earmark is allocated to fund design work for project #606453 (Boston- Improvements on Boylston Street, from Intersection of Brookline Avenue & Park Drive to Ipswich Street), which is programmed in FFY 2021. For a summary of this adjustment, please refer to the simplified Adjustment One table.

Amendment Three

On May 30, 2019, the MPO board endorsed Amendment Three to the FFYs 2019–23 TIP. Amendment Three includes changes to both highway and transit funding in FFYs 2019–23. 

The changes to highway funding affect projects funded with the MPO’s Regional Target funds as well as projects funded with statewide funds. Changes to Regional Target-funded projects primarily focus on aligning the FFYs 2019–23 TIP with the proposed FFYs 2020–24 TIP, reflecting several cost changes across all years; the reprogramming of projects in different years; and the addition of new projects and programs in FFYs 2021–23. Changes to statewide projects include cost increases, the addition of new funding sources, the reprogramming of projects to different years, and the addition of three new projects. For a summary of the changes to highway funding proposed as part of Amendment Three, refer to the simplified Amendment Three highway table.

The changes to transit projects reflect adjustments in funding to MBTA programming since the endorsement of Amendment Two. The adjustments are the result of federal formula funding amounts available each year to reflect actual apportionments, as well as changes to FFY 2019–23 program sizes based on project readiness.

Other changes include incorporating the MPO’s full set of federally required performance targets so that they are reflected for any Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration reviews. For more information on how these performance targets relate to the FFYs 2019–23 TIP, refer to the Performance Addendum memo (html).

Amendment Two

On February 21, 2019, the MPO board voted to approve an amendment to the FFYs 2019–23 TIP. Amendment Two included changes to transit funding in FFY 2019 and highway funding in FFYs 2019–23. For a summary of the changes, refer to the simplified Amendment Two table.

The changes to transit projects reflect the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Community Transit Grant Program funds awarded for FFY 2019. This program awards funds to help meet the transportation and mobility needs of seniors and people with disabilities. This year’s grant will fund a range of projects for service providers including the purchase of new vehicles, the modernization of IT systems, and the provision of additional staffing support for mobility programs. Please note that projects included in Amendment Two with “Other Non-Federal Funds” listed as their funding source are being supported by state Mobility Assistance Program funds. The changes to highway funding reflect cost increases for two state-prioritized bridge projects. For project #607954 (Bridge Replacement, D03-018, ST 128 over the Waters River in Danvers) the changes apply only to FFY 2019. For project #604952 (Bridge Replacement, L-18-016=S-05-008, Route 107 over the Saugus River AKA Belden G. Bly Bridge in Lynn and Saugus) the cost increases apply over all five years of the FFYs 2019–23 TIP.

Amendment One

On December 20, 2018, the MPO board voted to approve an amendment to the FFYs 2019–23 TIP. Amendment One included changes to highway funding in FFY 2019 and transit funding in FFYs 2019–23. 
The changes to highway funding affected two regionally prioritized projects. The MPO programmed construction funding for project #606226, the Reconstruction of Rutherford Avenue in Boston, in FFYs 2020–23. Amendment One also moved federal earmarks for project #606226 into FFY 2019, for use in project design. Following the development of the FFYs 2019–23 TIP, the MPO had approximately $1.6 million in unallocated target funding available in FFY 2019. Amendment One added a new project to FFY 2019, using $290,000 of the remaining MPO target funds to provide seed capital for the Middlesex 3 Transportation Management Association to run a second shift and weekend shuttle service between Lowell and Burlington.

The changes to transit projects reflect funds carried over from FFY 2018 to FFY 2019, and aligned the TIP with the MassDOT/MBTA Capital Investment Program approved in June 2018. The amendment reflects the addition of MBTA projects including automatic train control for the commuter rail, Green Line track upgrades, Red Line interlocking upgrades, Alewife Crossing improvements, additional funding for battery-electric-powered buses, and the procurement of maintenance vehicles. The amendment removed the North Station Draw 1 bridge project, which will be completed without federal funds. For a summary of the changes to highway and transit funding, refer to the simplified Amendment One tables.

FFYs 2019–23 TIP (Current) 

On May 24, 2018, the MPO endorsed a TIP (pdf) (html) that allocates funding for FFYs 2019–23. For the complete list of regional- and state-prioritized projects, refer to the TIP tables. The FFYs 2019–23 TIP went into effect on October 1, 2018. Thank you to those who submitted comments and participated in the document’s development. To review a summary of the development of the FFYs 2019–23 TIP, visit the archived TIP development page.

Contents of the TIP:

  • Tables of projects programmed, by FFY [CURRENT] (pdf)
  • Tables of projects programmed, by FFY [as endorsed on 5/24/2018] (pdf)
  • Details about the projects
  • Summary of the process by which projects were evaluated
  • Universe of Projects from which the programmed projects were selected
  • Status of projects programmed in the previous fiscal year
  • Air quality conformity determination
Endorsed FFYs 2018−2022 TIP

Full Document (pdf) (html)

Executive Summary (pdf)

Federal Reporting

The Boston Region MPO, in coordination with MassDOT and public transit operators, is required to publish a complete listing of obligated projects within 90 days after the close of the federal fiscal year. The listing also includes the approved amount programmed in the TIP, the total amount obligated, and the remaining balance for each project. The FFY 2018 Federal Obligation Report (pdf) lists the transportation projects of MassDOT, MBTA, MetroWest Regional Transit Authority and Cape Ann Transportation Authority within the Boston Region MPO area on which federal funds were expended during FFY 2018 (October 1, 2017–September 30, 2018). Federal obligation reports from previous FFYs may be found in the TIP Archive (see the link below).

TIP Archive

View older TIPs and lists of projects that were advertised for construction in prior years in our archive.

For more information, please contact Matt Genova, TIP Manager, at 857.702.3702 (voice), 617.570.9193 (TTY), or (email).