Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

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The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is the five-year rolling capital plan for the 97 cities and towns in the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization's (MPO) planning area. The TIP documents all transportation projects that will receive federal funding in the region over the next five years. Projects in the TIP include those supported by Regional Target funds—the federal transportation dollars that the MPO has direct discretion over—and federally funded projects of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA), and the Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA). 

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September 28, 2021–October 18, 2021: Public Comment Period for New TIP Project Cost Policies

In the spring of 2021, the MPO board voted to create an Ad Hoc Committee to explore the ongoing issue of cost increases for programmed TIP projects. The goal of the committee is to explore the causes and consequences of cost increases for projects that the MPO funds and recommend possible policy changes to the full MPO board. The committee is chaired by the MPO board’s Vice-Chair, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and has eight members representing MassDOT, the Regional Transportation Advisory Council, the MBTA Advisory Board, the City of Boston, the Town of Everett, the City of Somerville, the Town of Medway, and the Town of Rockland.

The committee met six times, ultimately voting to recommend a set of policies to the full MPO board. This fact sheet (PDF) (HTML) outlines proposed policy changes to the TIP process. This proposal is available in a more detailed format in a memo (PDF) (HTML) submitted to the MPO board for consideration at the board’s meeting on Thursday, September 23, 2021. At that meeting, the board voted to release this proposal for public review. The MPO welcomes feedback on these proposed policies. Written feedback may be provided through the MPO’s online feedback form or via email to Matt Genova, TIP Manager, at Input is also welcome at the open house on October 14. The public comment period will close at 5:00 PM on Monday, October 18, 2021. The committee will meet on October 21, 2021 to review public comments. The MPO expects to vote to endorse the new policies at its meeting on November 4, 2021.

Past Meetings

The Current TIP: FFYs 2022–26

The current TIP (PDF) (HTML) includes a list of transportation construction projects that the MPO will fund over the next five years, including under the Community Connections Program, which focuses on solutions to first- and last-mile transportation gaps. For the complete list of Regional Target- and state-prioritized projects, refer to the TIP tables. The FFYs 2022–26 TIP is in effect from October 1, 2021, to September 30, 2022. To review a summary of the development of the FFYs 2022–26 TIP, visit the archived TIP development page.

Endorsed FFYs 2021−2025 TIP

Federal Reporting

The MPO must publish a complete list of obligated projects within 90 days after the close of the FFY. Obligated projects are projects that have funds committed to them through the approval of a construction contract. The list includes the amount of money approved in the TIP, the total amount obligated, and the remaining balance for each project or program. The FFY 2020 Federal Obligation Report (PDF) lists the MassDOT, MBTA, MWRTA, and CATA projects within the MPO area that spent federal funds during FFY 2020 (October 1, 2019–September 30, 2020). Federal obligation reports from previous FFYs may be found in the TIP Archive.

TIP Archive

Older TIP documents and the lists of projects that were advertised for construction in prior years are available in the archive.


Matt Genova
TIP Manager