The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA). Prepared by the HRTPO, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 – 2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP):
- is a four-year program for the implementation of surface transportation projects within the Hampton Roads MPA
- containing all federally-funded projects and/or regionally significant projects that require an action by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) or the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
Before any federally-funded and/or regionally significant surface transportation project can be built in the Hampton Roads MPA, it must be included in the current TIP that has been approved by the HRTPO.
As the federally designated MPO, the HRTPO is required to coordinate the transportation planning activities for the Hampton Roads MPA. This includes the planning and programming of Federal funds through the TIP. To ensure compliance, the FY 2015 – 2018 TIP was developed in adherence to the applicable Federal regulations associated with the current Federal transportation legislation entitled the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).
The FY 2015 – 2018 TIP was developed by the HRTPO in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Hampton Roads Transit and Williamsburg Area Transit Authority. The HRTPO-approved TIP is incorporated into the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, which is submitted to the FHWA and FTA for approval. The TIP, which must be consistent with the current long-range transportation plan, identifies the near-term programming of Federal, state and local transportation funds.
The TIP must be financially constrained – meaning that the amount of funding programmed cannot exceed the amount of funding reasonably expected to be available. Once the TIP is approved by the HRTPO Board, the approved TIP may be revised in order to add new projects, delete projects, and update or change information associated with projects. In order to add projects to the TIP, sufficient revenues must be available, other projects must be deferred, or new revenues must be identified.
Consequently, the TIP is a list of projects with funding commitments during the timeframe of the TIP.