|Transportation Improvement Program
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a four-year priority list of federally funded transportation projects to be built within Clark County, which is regularly updated (see list below). In addition to federally funded transportation projects, the TIP includes a listing of all other transportation projects that utilize state and/or local funding sources. The TIP must be consistent with the Metropolitan Transportation Plan and meet clean air standards. In order for transportation projects to receive federal funds they must be included in the TIP.
The TIP is developed by Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC) through a cooperative and coordinated process involving local jurisdictions, the Washington State Department of Transportation and C-TRAN. RTC is required by federal law to maintain a four-year TIP, that is updated at least every two years. As the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the region, RTC selects and prioritizes projects programmed in the TIP.
Current Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP)
RTC Board adopted on October 2, 2012
FHWA/FTA Approved on January 7, 2013
The Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program prior to any amendment is available for download in PDF format (MTIP). However, the projects included in the MTIP are occasionally changed, and the searchable web database listed under "Current Projects" should be checked for current projects. For list of amendments to the current MTIP please check under "MTIP Amendments."
The current State Transportation Improvement Program is available as a searchable web database. The State Transportation Improvement Program is a compilation of Transportation Improvement Programs from across Washington State. From this page you will be able to locate regionally significant projects by agency, MPO/RTPO, amendment number, or by PIN number (WSDOT).
Federal regulations require MPOs to publish an annual listing of projects for which federal funds have been obligated in the preceding year as a record of project delivery. Although it is the primary responsibility of the MPO to prepare the obligation list, the list must be developed though a cooperative effort with WSDOT and others who are responsible for tracking project obligation. The Term "obligation" is the federal government's legal commitment to pay the Federal Share of a project. Once funds have been obligated, the project sponsor begins incurring eligible project expenses and then will request reimbursement from Federal Highways or Federal Transit. Projects for which funds have been obligated are not necessarily initiated or completed in a single program year, and the amount of the obligation will not necessarily equal the total cost of the project. All projects were listed in the previous year TIP and are consistent with the adopted Metropolitan Transportation Plan. The following links provide a list of federal transportation projects within the MPO boundary for Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (Clark County, Washington) that were obligated during a calendar year.
The Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC) invites public agencies in the Clark County region to submit applications for available federal Surface Transportation Program-Transportation Management Area (STP-TMA) funds and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds.
The STP-TMA and CMAQ funds are allocated to the Clark County MPO area, through RTC. The STP funds can be used for a wide range of transportation purposes. The CMAQ can be used for transportation projects that will contribute to meeting the attainment of national air quality standards, within the Clark County Vancouver Air Quality Maintenance Area (basically the Vancouver, Camas, Washougal urban areas). For CMAQ funds, emphasis will be given for electric and natural gas vehicle infrastructure, diesel retrofits, and other cost-effective emission reduction activities, and cost effective congestion mitigation activities that provide air quality benefits.
These funds require a minimum 13.5% local match. In order to receive federal funds, the applicant must have either a 'Certification Acceptance' (CA) status or have a CA agency agree to manage their project. Project applications are due to RTC on Friday, July 26, 2013. For more detailed information read the Regional Transportation Advisory Committee memo (70K PDF).
Under the federal Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), RTC is responsible for approving the programming and prioritization of projects in the region's four-year TIP. RTC approves projects to be programmed and selected for regionally-managed federal funding programs. These programs include the Surface Transportation Program (STP), Congestion Management and Air Quality (CMAQ), and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) program. The STP program is flexible and can be used for highway, transit and planning projects. The CMAQ program is used for projects which improve air quality. The FTA program is used for transit-related purposes.
Since the need for transportation improvements exceed the available revenue, projects must be reviewed, ranked, and selected for federal funding. The TIP development process approach as adopted in July 1993 by the RTC Board of Directors includes the following steps:
- Project screening for consistency with local and regional policies.
- Evaluation and ranking of projects by an adopted selection criteria.
- Project selection and programming based on evaluation and ranking.
- The first step of the regional process involves the submittal of the RTC Federal Project Summary Application. RTC staff conducts a screening to ensure that all regional projects are consistent with Metropolitan Transportation Plan and local land use plans.
- Project proposals are evaluated and ranked by RTC staff per the adopted regional selection criteria. The Regional Transportation Advisory Committee and RTC Board review and recommend the project rankings. Regional selection criteria are policy based and have been established by the RTC Board. Regional selection criteria are intermodal and multimodal, and address project funding across all funding categories. This wide range of needs criteria include multimodal, safety, economic development, financial/implementation, and air quality.
- When the scoring process for regional projects is complete, projects are then selected by funding type to represent the best funding picture to meet regional needs. This list of selected projects for funding is discussed by the Regional Transportation Advisory Committee who recommends final project selection by the RTC Board.
- The final step in the TIP development process is the programming of transportation projects in the TIP. The TIP is adopted by the RTC Board.
Friday, June 14, 2013 Call for Projects Friday, July 26, 2013 Project Applications due to RTC July 29 - August 7, 2013 Staff evaluation of projects by selection criteria Thursday, August 8, 2013 Agency review of evaluations Friday, August 16, 2013 RTAC recommendation on prioritization August - September 2013 Prepare Draft MTIP/Public Involvement Tuesday, September 3, 2013 RTC Board Review Prioritization/Draft MTIP September 1 - October 1, 2013 Public Review Friday, September 20, 2013 RTAC recommends adoption of MTIP Tuesday, October 1, 2013 RTC Board adoption of MTIP
The RTC Federal Project Summary Application is available online (301K) in Adobe Acrobat format. The Accident Analysis worksheet is available online (157K) in Microsoft Excel format. The RTC Rural STP Application is available online (229K) in Adobe Acrobat format.
Occasionally changes need to be made to the MTIP following its adoption. Federal regulations permit changes to the MTIP if the procedures for doing so are consistent with federal requirement. These changes will be handled as an Update, Administrative Modification, and MTIP Amendment. All RTC MTIP Amendment will be discussed at an RTAC meeting (3rd Friday of each month) and the public will be provided with an opportunity to comment on MTIP Amendments at the RTC Board meeting (First Tuesday of each month), consistent with the Public Participation Plan. The following is the procedures for amending the MTIP:
- Local agency submits written request for amendment to RTC.
- RTC staff evaluates request for amendment for financial feasibility, air quality, consistency with MTP, etc.
- The Regional Transportation Advisory Committee reviews request for amendment and makes a recommendation to the RTC Board.
- The RTC Board takes action on the MTIP amendment, following public notice and comment on the amendment.
- MTIP amendment is forwarded to the Washington State Department of Transportation for inclusion in STIP.
Status Month Jurisdiction Project Resolution Comments Complete December Clark County Timmen Road 12-12-22 Add to MTIP Complete January Port of Ridgefield Rail Overpass Project 01-13-01 Add to MTIP Complete January Clark County NE 10th Av. (154-164 St.) Administrative Correct Description Complete January Clark County NE 119th Street (72nd-87th Av.) Administrative Correct Description Complete January WSDOT I-5/NB 179th St. to N Fork Lewis Rv. Br. Administrative Correct Description Complete January WSDOT I-5 Columbia River Crossing Project Administrative Remove Obligated Phases Complete February Clark County Fifth Plain Creek Bridge 02-13-02 Add to MTIP Complete February Clark County Brush Prairie Bridge 02-13-02 Add to MTIP Complete February Clark County Big Tree Creek Bridge 02-13-02 Add to MTIP Complete February Clark County Blair-Zeek Bridge 02-13-02 Add to MTIP Complete February Clark County Van Atta Bridge 02-13-02 Add to MTIP Complete February Clark County Highway 99 Traffic Signal Optimization 02-13-03 Add to MTIP Complete February Clark County 78th Street Signal Optimization Project 02-13-03 Add to MTIP Complete February WSDOT I-5/SB Ridgefield to E Fork Lewis Rv. Br. 02-13-04 Add to MTIP Complete February WSDOT I-205/SR-14 to 4th Plain 02-13-04 Reduce CN Cost Complete March Clark County Guardrail Safety Improvements 03-13-07 Add to MTIP Complete March Vancouver Fourth Plain Blvd-Crosswalk Upgrade 03-13-07 Add to MTIP Complete March Vancouver SE 136th Av. and SE 7th St. Traffic Signal 03-13-07 Add to MTIP Complete March Vancouver Endeavour Elementary Pathway 03-13-08 Add to MTIP Complete March Clark County Sacajawea Elementary Pedestrian Safety 03-13-08 Add to MTIP Complete March Battle Ground School Zone Safety Improvements 03-13-08 Add to MTIP Complete March C-TRAN Hybrid Buses Administrative Correct Funding Type Complete March Clark County Dayton Bridge Administrative Correct Funding Amount Complete April Clark County 78th Street Signal Optimization Project Administrative Correct Funding Amount Complete April Clark County Highway 99 Traffic Signal Optimization Administrative Correct Funding Amount Complete May C-TRAN Bus Replacement 05-13-10 Add additional vehicles Complete July Clark County Signal Optimization Projects 07-13-14 Increase CMAQ Dollars Complete July Port of Ridgefield Rail Overpass Project 07-13-15 Add Phase II Complete August WSDOT I-5/39th St. to 99th St. Paving 08-13-18 Add to MTIP