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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 receiving federal funding in the region over the next five years. This includes projects funded with federal transportation dollars that the MPO has direct discretion over, called Regional Target funds, and projects pursued with federal transportation dollars by 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).
The current TIP (PDF) (HTML) includes a list of transportation construction projects that the MPO will fund over the next five years, including the pilot of 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 2021–25 TIP is in effect from October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021. To review a summary of the development of the FFYs 2021–25 TIP, visit the archived TIP development page.
Amendments and Adjustments
In addition to deciding how Regional Target funds are spent, the MPO board reviews and votes to endorse the full list of projects prioritized by other agencies, and any changes that are made to these projects throughout the life of the TIP. These changes are called amendments, and must be released for a 21-day public review period before the MPO can approve them and the funds can be spent. Some changes that are made to projects in the TIP are not large enough to qualify as an amendment. These changes are called adjustments, and the MPO can vote to approve them without releasing them for public review.
The MPO board voted to approve Adjustment One to the FFYs 2021–2025 TIP on December 3, 2020. Adjustment One adds one MWRTA project to FFY 2021. This project was originally added to FFY 2021 of the FFYs 2020–24 TIP through an amendment to that plan. The FFYs 2021–25 TIP was endorsed by the MPO and submitted to the MPO’s federal partners for approval prior to the endorsement of that amendment, requiring the project to be added into the current TIP. For more information, refer to the simplified Adjustment One table.
The MPO board voted to approve Amendment One to the FFYs 2021–2025 TIP on December 17, 2020. Amendment One includes cost and funding source changes for three MassDOT-funded highway projects in FFYs 2021, 2022, and 2023. For more information, refer to the simplified Amendment One table.
The MPO board voted to approve Amendment Two to the FFYs 2021–2025 TIP on January 7, 2021. Amendment Two moves funding from MBTA capital projects to cover operating expenses in response to the loss of ridership and fare revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This amendment is part of the MBTA’s Forging Ahead initiative. For more information, refer to the simplified Amendment Two table and the MBTA’s Forging Ahead: Capital Reallocation presentation.
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.
Older TIP documents and the lists of projects that were advertised for construction in prior years are available in the archive.