FWTAIP serves as a short-term planning document that lists approximately three years of funded transportation projects designed to carryout the recommendations of the long-range metropolitan plan.
More formally, the TIP is a staged, multi-year listing of transportation projects with committed funding from federal, State, and local sources within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area.
As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the region, NCTCOG and the Regional Transportation Council are responsible for programming projects in the following federal funding categories: Surface Transportation Program-Metropolitan Mobility (STP-MM), Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ), Urbanized Area Formula Program (UAFP), Texas Mobility Funds (TMF) & Metropolitan Area Corridor funds (in conjunction with the Tx DOT Dallas, Fort Worth, and Paris Districts), RTC/Local funds, and Regional Toll Revenue funds.
The Transportation Improvement Program or TIP is both a funding process and a funding document.
Federal regulations, along with regional policies and practices, establish the process by which transportation projects are selected, modified, and implemented.
The MPO selects projects for funding under the following four (4) programs: Section 5307 - Urbanized Area Formula Program; Section 5310 – Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program; Section 5337 – State of Good Repair Grants; and Section 5339 – Grants for Bus and Bus Facilities.
Section 5307 Program funds are available to public transit providers for eligible project costs that include capital, planning, administrative, and (limited) operating costs.
This policy body consists of elected officials from local governments, Tx DOT District Engineers, transit authority board members, a representative of the North Texas Tollway Authority, and three citizen representatives.
The RTC provides policy guidance and overall coordination of multi-modal planning and programming within the Dallas-Fort Worth area.The RTC provides final approval of the TIP document.The Surface Transportation Technical Committee (STTC) is a subcommittee of the RTC that reviews policy, program, and project proposals for technical merit, and recommends action to the RTC.Members of this committee include senior transportation staff from local governments, Tx DOT, and other transportation agencies.Along with multiple other responsibilities, this committee aids in the development and application of evaluation criteria to select transportation projects, and it guides the refinement of projects for recommendation to the RTC.STTC provides a recommendation for RTC approval of the TIP document.