Transportation Improvement Program

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) identifies the transportation projects and strategies that CRTPO and NCDOT plan to undertake over the next seven years. All projects receiving federal funding must be in the TIP. The TIP is the region’s way of allocating its limited transportation resources among the various capital and operating needs of the area, based on a clear set of short-term transportation priorities.

The TIP:

  • Is updated at least every two years;
  • Is realistic in terms of available funding and is not just a "wish list" of projects. This concept is known as fiscal constraint;  
  • Conforms with the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for air quality (CRTPO is classified as nonattainment for ozone); 
  • Is approved by the MPO and the governor; and  
  • Is incorporated directly, without change, into North Carolina’s State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

The process by which the NCDOT STIP is developed is known as Strategic Prioritization.


Adopted 2012-2018 CRTPO Transportation Improvement Program
(Adopted July 21, 2011)


2012 – 2018 TIP Database

The TIP includes a significant amount of information for each project relating to project design, project funding across fiscal years, and amendments (modifications) to project design, scope, or funding.

CRTPO has developed a searchable on-line database to more effectively convey current mapping and project information for proposed TIP projects. Please visit our new database at .

TIP Amendments:
Periodically it becomes necessary to amend the TIP.   This may be due to the addition or deletion of a project, major changes in a project’s design or scope, schedule changes, etc. 
Click here to view a list of amendments to CRTPO’s TIP since its adoption in July 2012.


NCDOT Current STIP (updated monthly)