Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

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Each year, approximately 150 transportation infrastructure projects, collectively costing more than one billion dollars, are submitted as candidates to receive funding through the Boston Region MPO’s rolling, five-year capital investment program, the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The types of projects that are eligible for TIP funding include intersection improvements, Complete Streets redesigns, bicycle and pedestrian connections, highway reconstruction, transit maintenance, and transit expansion. Typically, approximately $95 million is available in any given year for such projects. Each year, the MPO gathers project ideas, evaluates and prioritizes the candidate projects, and then selects which projects will receive the region’s share of federal and state roadway funding. The vision established in the MPO’s Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), Charting Progress to 2040, guides the project selection process. For a better understanding of the TIP process, please explore these pages:

The Current TIP: FFYs 2019-23 Developing the FFYs 2020-24 TIP Interactive Project Database Municipal TIP Contacts

FFYs 2020–24 TIP Development

To see the current schedule for the federal fiscal years (FFY) 2020-24 TIP development, key upcoming MPO meetings, and relevant documents, visit the TIP Development Page.

FFYs 2019–23 TIP Amendment Two: Public Comment Period

Amendment Two

On January 17, 2019, the MPO board voted to release for public review a draft amendment to the FFYs 2019–23 TIP. Amendment Two includes changes to transit funding in FFY 2019 and highway funding in FFYs 2019–23. For a summary of the changes proposed as part of Amendment Two, refer to the simplified Amendment Two table.

The changes to transit projects reflect the recent awarding of MassDOT Community Transit Grant Program funds for FFY 2019. This program awards funds to help meet the transportation and mobility needs of seniors and people with disabilities. This year’s grants will fund a range of projects for service providers including the purchase of new vehicles, the modernization of IT systems, and the provision of additional staffing support for mobility programs. Please note that projects included in Amendment Two with “Other Non-Federal Funds” listed as their funding source are being supported by state Mobility Assistance Program funds. The changes to highway funding reflect cost increases for two state-prioritized bridge projects. For project #607954 (Bridge Replacement, D03-018, ST 128 over the Waters River in Danvers) the changes apply only to FFY 2019. For project #604952 (Bridge Replacement, L-18-016=S-05-008, Route 107 over the Saugus River AKA Belden G. Bly Bridge in Lynn and Saugus) the cost increases apply over all five years of the FFYs 2019-23 TIP.

The 21-day public comment period for TIP Amendment Two begins January 23, 2019, and ends at 5:00 PM on February 12, 2019. The MPO is expected to vote on Amendment Two on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Submit questions and comments to Matt Genova, TIP Manager, at or 857.702.3702, or via the feedback form.

Adopted Amendments to the Current TIP (FFYs 2019–23)

Amendment One

On December 20, 2018, the MPO board voted to approve an amendment to the FFYs 2019–23 TIP. Amendment One includes changes to highway funding in FFY 2019 and transit funding in FFYs 2019–23. 
The changes to highway funding affect two regionally prioritized projects. The MPO has programmed construction funding for project #606226, the Reconstruction of Rutherford Avenue in Boston, in FFYs 2020–23. Amendment One moves federal earmarks for project #606226 into FFY 2019, to be used for project design. Following the development of the FFYs 2019–23 TIP, the MPO has approximately $1.6 million in unallocated target funding available in FFY 2019. Amendment One adds a new project to FFY 2019, using $290,000 of the remaining MPO target funds to provide seed capital for Middlesex 3 TMA to run a second shift and weekend shuttle service between Lowell and Burlington.

The changes to transit projects reflect funds carried over from FFY 2018 to FFY 2019, and align the TIP with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)/ Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Capital Investment Program approved in June 2018. The amendment reflects the addition of MBTA projects including automatic train control for the commuter rail, Green Line track upgrades, Red Line interlocking upgrades, Alewife Crossing improvements, additional funding for battery-electric-powered buses, and the procurement of maintenance vehicles. The amendment removes the North Station Draw 1 bridge project, which will be completed without federal funds. For a summary of the changes to highway and transit funding proposed as part of Amendment One, refer to the simplified Amendment One tables.

FFYs 2019–23 TIP (Current) 

On May 24, 2018, the MPO endorsed a TIP (pdf) (html) that allocates funding for federal fiscal years (FFYs) 2019-23. For the complete list of regional- and state-prioritized projects, please refer to the TIP tables. The FFYs 2019-23 TIP went into effect on October 1, 2018. Thank you to those who submitted comments and participated in the document’s development. To review a summary of the development of the FFYs 2019-23 TIP, visit the archived TIP development page.

Contents of the TIP:

  • Tables of projects programmed, by federal fiscal year [CURRENT] (pdf)
  • Tables of projects programmed, by federal fiscal year [as endorsed on 5/24/2018] (pdf)
  • Details about the projects
  • Summary of the process by which projects were evaluated
  • Universe of Projects from which the programmed projects were selected
  • Status of projects programmed in the previous fiscal year
  • Air quality conformity determination
Endorsed FFYs 2018−2022 TIP

Full Document (pdf) (html)

Executive Summary (pdf)

Federal Reporting

The FFY 2017 Federal Obligation Report lists the transportation projects on which federal funds were expended during FFY 2017 (October 1, 2016—September 30, 2017). Table 1 (pdf) includes transportation projects located entirely within the Boston Region MPO area. Table 2 (pdf) includes information about federally funded transportation projects throughout the state. Federal obligation reports from previous FFYs may be found in the TIP Archive, link below.

TIP Archive

View older TIPs and lists of projects that were advertised for construction in prior years in our archive.

For more information, please contact Alexandra Kleyman, Manager of Certification Activities, at 857.702.3709 (voice), 617.570.9193 (TTY), or (email).