Funded Projects-TIP Menu
The Mountainland Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) as part of Mountainland Association of Governments has the responsibility of preparing and approving a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the area annually. The Mountainland MPO TIP is updated every four years. The program lists federally funded transportation projects and programs within the MPO for the fiscal years 2010-2013 with additional years being amended into the program through FY2016. Other regionally significant projects funded with non-federal sources must also be listed in the TIP. The MPO has responsibility for all projects within the MPO boundary, which includes all the incorporated municipalities within Utah County, the unincorporated areas that are adjacent to and between the municipalities, and the area contiguous to Redwood Rd/HWY-68. The fiscal years used in the TIP correspond to the Federal fiscal years. For example, FY-2012 begins on 1 October 2011 and ends on 30 September 30 2012.
The TIP is a compilation of projects sponsored by municipalities, the county, Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Transit Authority, and others utilizing various federal, state and local funding sources. The first four funding years in the TIP list projects and programs with identified funds that can be obligated for preliminary engineering, construction, and implementation. All capacity increasing projects in the TIP must come from the first phase of MPO transportation plan. Any project not listed in the first phase of the plan must be amended into the plan before being added to the TIP. This requires an analysis of air quality and fiscal conformity.
The MPO receives about 6 million dollars per year to fund transportation projects. Bi-annually, the MPO staff compiles a list of proposed projects from various sponsors to give to the MPO Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for further development. The TAC committee reviews project concept reports prepared by sponsors and makes recommendations as to which projects should be funded. Recommendations are forwarded to the MPO Regional Planning Committee for approval of the proposed MPO funded projects. UDOT, UTA, and other local projects using federal and state funds are amended into the TIP on an annual basis. Once every 4 years, an update to the program is done to make sure the goals of the Regional Transportation Plan are being met. This process includes publishing a draft TIP and soliciting public comment about the program. The comment period required by law is 30 days. After this period, if there are no significant comments that require major changes, the Regional Planning Committee approves the final TIP. It is then adopted by the State Transportation Commission and sent to the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration for final approval. Any amendments to the TIP allow for public comment at the Regional Planning Committee as part of their monthly meetings, or if the project is regionally significant and not from the Regional Transportation Plan, a 30 day public comment period for the TIP and plan amendment is required.