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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 that will receive federal funding in the region over the next five years. Projects in the TIP include those supported by Regional Target funds—the federal transportation dollars that the MPO has direct discretion over—and federally funded projects of 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).
- What is the TIP? (2023) (PDF) What is the TIP? (2023) (HTML)
- ¿Qué es el Programa de mejoramiento de transporte? (2023) (PDF) ¿Qué es el Programa de mejoramiento de transporte? (2023) (HTML)
- O que é o Programa de Melhoria do Transporte? (2023) (PDF) O que é o Programa de Melhoria do Transporte? (2023) (HTML)
- Kisa Pwogram Amelyorasyon Transpò a Ye? (2023) (PDF) Kisa Pwogram Amelyorasyon Transpò a Ye? (2023) (HTML)
- 什么是“交通改善计划”？(2023) (PDF) 什么是“交通改善计划”？(2023) (HTML)
- 什麼是交通改善計劃？(2023) (PDF) 什麼是交通改善計劃？(2023) (HTML)
- Chương Trình Cải Thiện Giao Thông Là Gì? (2023) (PDF) Chương Trình Cải Thiện Giao Thông Là Gì? (2023) (HTML)
- The Current TIP: Federal Fiscal Years (FFYs) 2023–27
- Developing the New TIP: FFYs 2025–29
- Creating New TIP Criteria
- A Guidebook to Updating the TIP Criteria (2021) (PDF) A Guidebook to Updating the TIP Criteria (2021) (HTML)
- Una Guía para los Criterios de la MPO de la Región de Boston (2021) (PDF) Una Guía para los Criterios de la MPO de la Región de Boston (2021) (HTML)
- Um Guia para os Critérios do TIP da MPO da Região de Boston (2021) (PDF) Um Guia para os Critérios do TIP da MPO da Região de Boston (2021) (HTML)
- Yon Gid pou Kritè TIP MPO Rejyon Boston Nan (2021) (PDF) Yon Gid pou Kritè TIP MPO Rejyon Boston Nan (2021) (HTML)
- 波士頓地區 MPO TIP 標準指南 (2021) (PDF)
- 波士顿地区 MPO TIP 标准指南 (2021) (PDF) (HTML)
- SỔ TAY VỀ CÁC TIÊU CHÍ MPO TIP KHU VỰC BOSTON (2021) (PDF) SỔ TAY VỀ CÁC TIÊU CHÍ MPO TIP KHU VỰC BOSTON (2021) (HTML)
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- Municipal TIP Contacts
Final FFYs 2024–28 TIP
The final FFYs 2024–28 TIP is now available for review! The 21-day comment period began on April 26, 2023 and concluded on May 17, 2023. The next TIP proposes 57 regionally prioritized projects for funding from the MPO between October 2023 and September 2028, including 21 new projects. Please submit any feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to Ethan Lapointe, Transportation Improvement Program Manager, at email@example.com or 857.702.3703.
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The final FFYs 2023–27 TIP (PDF) FFYs 2023–27 TIP (HTML) was endorsed by the MPO on May 26, 2022. The FFYs 2023–27 TIP includes approximately $6.5 billion in investment in critical transportation projects in the region by the MPO, MassDOT, MBTA, MWRTA, and CATA. The TIP includes 51 projects for funding directly by the MPO, including 23 new projects proposed during this TIP cycle. The FFYs 2023–27 TIP will go into effect on October 1, 2022, with the start of FFY 2023.
Amendments and Adjustments
Adjustment One proposed a change in the budget for project #S12704, Chenery Middle School Bicycle Parking in Belmont. This budget for this project, funded in FFY 2023, was increased to reflect an updated vendor quote resulting from an increase in the cost of raw materials necessary to construct the project. To offset this change in FFY 2023, a portion of the funding for project #607777, Rehabilitation of Mount Auburn Street in Watertown, was shifted from FFY 2023 into FFY 2024. The overall project budget remains the same. For more information, refer to the Adjustment One (PDF) table.
Amendment One proposed changes to transit projects in the current TIP to reflect updates made to the MBTA’s Capital Investment Plan (CIP) between the endorsement of the FFY 2023–27 TIP by the MPO on May 26, 2022 and the October 20, 2022 MPO Meeting. The 16 line items included in this amendment included the carry-forward of unobligated FFY 2022 funding into FFY 2023, the programming of new projects that were recipients of federal discretionary grant awards, and funding shifts to reflect changes in project readiness and anticipated annual spending by the MBTA. Included among the projects added as a result of a federal discretionary grant award is the Lynnway Multimodal Corridor, a recipient of a Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity Grant. No highway projects were impacted by this Amendment. For more information, refer to the Amendment One (PDF) table.
Adjustment Two proposed funding source adjustments for project #608348, Reconstruction of Bridge Street in Beverly. The budget for this project, funded in FFY 2023, was unchanged. Project #608562, Signal and Intersection Improvements on Interstate 93 at Mystic Avenue and McGrath Highway in Somerville, had its budget increased to reflect an updated estimate of cost resulting from the completion of a design stage. The project is funded with statewide highway funding in FFY 2024. The adjustment also included clerical changes to project descriptions for the MWRTA. For more information, refer to the Adjustment Two (PDF) table.
Amendment Two proposed four project changes to FFY 2023 Statewide Highway Program for updated engineer cost estimates. The scopes of work for two projects, #607899, Pedestrian Improvements along Bussey Street in Dedham, and #610726, Interstate Pavement Preservation on I-93 in six communities, were expanded to bundle improvements to bridges and culverts within the limits of paving. Amendment Two also included two changes to regional transit authority projects resulting from the annual reapportionment of Federal Transit Administration funds through the “Split Letter” for the Boston Urbanized Area, and the programming of federal USDOT Community Project Funding/Congressionally Directed Spending to fund design of the Assabet River Rail Trail Extension in Stow. For more information, refer to the Amendment Two (PDF) table.
Amendment Three proposed two changes to the FFY 2023 Statewide Highway program, including the bundling of the Deck Replacement for Cambridge Street over I-90 Project and Lincoln Street Pedestrian Overpass with Allston Multimodal Project in Boston, as well as the addition of a design earmark for Centre Street/Central Avenue Bridge design in Dover. The amendment further proposed the programming of seven Community Transit Grant awardees into the MassDOT SFY 2023 Community Transit Grant Operating Awards Program. For more information, refer to the Amendment Three (PDF) table.
Adjustment Three proposed funding source adjustments for project #608208, Interstate Maintenance and Related Work on Interstate 93 in Quincy, Milton, and Boston. The budget for this project, funded in FFY 2023, was unchanged. Project #RTD0010589, Revenue Vehicle Replacement for CATA, had its budget increased to accurately reflect the total federal funding share as identified by the project. For more information, refer to the Adjustment Three (PDF) table.
Amendment Four proposed two changes to the FFY 2023 Statewide Highway program, programmed a new USDOT Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grant Award for MWRTA, and adjusted the MBTA’s capital programs to reflect the figures in its new Capital Investment Plan. For the Statewide Highway Program, Amendment Four funded a cost increase for the Route 38 Bridge Replacement over the Boston and Maine Railroad tracks in Wilmington and a budget increase for the Winthrop Street and Revere Street Reconstruction project in Winthrop. Amendment Four also funded a new Blanding Energy and Sustainable Storage Technology project for the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority, which is funded by a USDOT SMART Grant award. For more information, refer to the Amendment Four (PDF) Amendment Four (HTML) table.
Amendment Five proposed four changes to the FFY 2023 Statewide Highway Program and four changes to projects within the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority’s program. For the Statewide Highway Program, Amendment Five included the programming of three new earmarks, with two for Peabody and Salem to design the Border to Boston Trail and one for Wakefield’s Broadway Commuter Rail Crossing design. Amendment Five also funded a cost increase for the Butters Row Bridge Replacement over MBTA tracks in Wilmington. For MWRTA, the amendment adjusted funding sources and budgets based on actual state capital funding receipts. For more information, refer to the Amendment Five (PDF) Amendment Five (HTML) table.
Amendment Six proposed two changes to the FFY 2023 Statewide Highway Program, two changes to the FFY 2023 Regional Target Program, and one change for the FFY 2023 Transit Program. For the Statewide Highway Program, Amendment Six accelerated the High Risk At-Grade Railroad Crossing Countermeasures project on Route 126 in Framingham from FFY 2024 into FFY 2023 and increased the budget for the Lynn–Nahant Northern Strand Extension. The amendment also included the programming of a USDOT Passenger Ferry Grant program award for the City of Salem for a ferry retrofit, and adjusted funding sources for the Lynn Station Improvements Phase 2 and Forest Hills Improvement Projects. The total budget for the two station projects remained the same. For more information, refer to the Amendment Six (PDF) Amendment Six (HTML) table.
Amendment Seven proposed one change to the FFY 2023 Statewide Highway program. The amendment included the programming of FFY 2020 Ferry Boat Capital Program funding to support the MBTA’s Catamaran Overhaul Project. Amendment 7 was not subject to a public comment period under clause 4.3.1 in the MPO ‘s Public Engagement Plan (PDF) Public Engagement Plan (HTML), which outlines an exception where the MPO may vote to waive a public comment period to take advantage of extraordinary funding opportunities. For more information, refer to the Amendment Seven (PDF) Amendment Seven (HTML) table.
Amendment Eight proposed one change to the FFY 2023 and FFY 2024 Statewide Highway programs. The amendment delayed Project #607342, Milton– Intersection Improvements at Route 28 (Randolph Avenue) & Chickatawbut Road out of the FFY 2023 program into FFY 2024 for right-of-way concerns. The delay also entailed an increase to the project’s budget. For more information, refer to the Amendment Eight (PDF) Amendment Eight (HTML) table.
Amendment Nine proposed one change to the FFY 2023 Statewide Highway program. The amendment programs a new $1 million FFY 2023 Community Project Funding earmark to support the expansion of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations in Cambridge. For more information, refer to the Amendment Nine (PDF) Amendment Nine (HTML) table.
Adjustment Four proposed a cost increase for the reconstruction of Commonwealth Avenue in Newton from East of Auburn Street to Ash Street, under Project #610674. The cost increase of $258,001 was within the thresholds for an Adjustment, and supported additional investments in active transportation facilities along the corridor.
Amendment Ten proposed the programming of MassDOT Community Transit Grant Program Vehicle Awards for twelve transit service providers in the Boston Region, including the Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA) and MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA). The MPO Board voted to waive the public comment period for Amendment 10 as there was insufficient time to conduct the public comment period prior to authorizing the use of funding through the Federal Transit Administration system before the conclusion of its federal fiscal year. For more information, refer to the Amendment Ten (PDF) Amendment Ten (HTML) table.
Amendment Eleven proposed cost increases for four projects funded through the FFY 2023 Statewide Highway program, the programming of two design earmarks for the Border to Boston Trail in Marblehead and Beacon Street Bridle Path in Brookline, and the deprogramming of discretionary grant line items for the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA). For more information, refer to the Amendment Eleven (PDF) Amendment Eleven (HTML) table.
Amendment Twelve proposed the programming of a Community Project Funding earmark for Salem’s Salem Skipper shuttle and North Shore Career Mobility expansion. Given that the project funding is administered by the Federal Transit Administration, the MPO Board voted to waive the public comment period such that funding could be authorized before the conclusion of federal fiscal year 2023. For more information, refer to the Amendment Twelve (PDF) Amendment Twelve (HTML) table.
TIP Project Cost Policies
In the spring of 2021, the MPO board voted to create an Ad Hoc Committee to explore the ongoing issue of cost increases for programmed TIP projects. The goal of the committee was to explore the causes and consequences of cost increases for projects that the MPO funds and recommend possible policy changes to the full MPO board. The committee was chaired by the MPO board’s vice-chair, representing the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and had eight members representing MassDOT, the Regional Transportation Advisory Council, the MBTA Advisory Board, the City of Boston, the Town of Everett, the City of Somerville, the Town of Medway, and the Town of Rockland.
The committee met six times, ultimately voting to recommend a set of policies to the full MPO board. This fact sheet (PDF) fact sheet (HTML) outlines proposed policy changes to the TIP process. This proposal is available in a more detailed format in a memo (PDF) memo (HTML) submitted to the MPO board for consideration at the board’s meeting on Thursday, September 23, 2021. At that meeting, the board voted to release this proposal for public review. The public comment period closed at 5:00 PM on Monday, October 18, 2021. The committee met on October 21, 2021, to review public comments. The MPO voted to endorse the new policies at its meeting on November 4, 2021. The MPO applied the new policies for the first time during the development of the FFYs 2023–27 TIP, which was endorsed by the MPO on May 26, 2022.
- Draft Programming Policies to Address TIP Project Cost Increases (HTML) Draft Programming Policies to Address TIP Project Cost Increases (PDF)
- Fact Sheet: Draft Policy Changes for the Boston Region MPO TIP (HTML) Fact Sheet: Draft Policy Changes for the Boston Region MPO TIP (PDF)
- Written Public Comments Received on the Draft Policy Changes (PDF)
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- October 21, 2021
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 2022 Federal Obligation Report (PDF) lists the MassDOT, MBTA, MWRTA, and CATA projects within the MPO area that spent federal funds during FFY 2022 (October 1, 2021–September 30, 2022). 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.
Ethan Lapointe-TIP Manager