Transportation Improvement Program

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The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) identifies the transportation projects and strategies that CRTPO and NCDOT plan to undertake over the next ten 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.

DRAFT 2016-2025 STIP:

NCDOT released its draft State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) on December 4. The draft STIP identifies the transportation projects and strategies that NCDOT proposes to undertake throughout the next ten years. The Draft STIP’s list of proposed projects is the result of the Prioritization 3.0 process completed in August 2014. An interactive map of proposed projects throughout the state can be viewed here on NCDOT’s website.

CRTPO is required to approve a Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP) that is incorporated without change into the STIP. The release of the DRAFT STIP began a variety of activities that CRTPO must complete before the MTIP is adopted in the summer of 2015 including; internal reviews and assessments, public involvement efforts, financial analysis, and demonstration of air quality conformity. Additionally, the programming of Surface Transportation Program – Direct Attributable (STP-DA) and Toll Facility Bonus Allocation funds will need to be considered in the adoption of CRTPO’s MTIP.

Bonus Allocation Funds:
The Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) legislation contains incentives for local funds contributions and the acceptance of Toll projects, in order to reduce the cost of a project to NCDOT. The incentives are referred to as Bonus Allocations and are distributed off the top of the State’s Transportation Program, thus not affecting expected funding distributions that a region or NCDOT Division would normally receive. For communities that accept tolling projects, the STI legislation gives MPOs the authority to program the Bonus Allocation funds to eligible projects within the County(s) of the tolled project; however, the North Carolina Board of Transportation must ultimately approve the projects proposed for Bonus Allocation. The amount of the Bonus Allocation that a MPO may receive is based upon the amount of the bonds associated with the construction portion of the project. In the case of the I-77 HOT lanes project, CRTPO is anticipated to receive $144.5 million. The STI legislation has placed restrictions on these funds to only be used on highway-related projects, and on the amounts of funding that can be allocated at the Division Needs and Regional Impact tiers. Bonus Allocation funds must be obligated within a five-year timeframe.

A call for Bonus Allocation projects in Iredell and Mecklenburg counties was issued in the fall of 2014, and 75 projects, totaling almost $1 billion, were received. A subcommittee of TCC members was appointed to review and prioritize the projects for consideration for funding. The MPO approved a list of Bonus Allocation and STP-DA projects to be advanced as part of CRTPO’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) at their March 18 meeting. The approved list of projects can be viewed by clicking here

Surface Transportation Program – Direct Attributable (STP-DA) is a federal transportation program that allocates funding to MPOs classified as Transportation Management Areas (TMA). These funds are considered flexible because STP-DA funds can be used on any mode or project that is federally eligible, and the funds can be spent anywhere within the MPO boundary. These funds are subject to a 20% local match, which is usually assessed to the project sponsor. A subcommittee of TCC members was assembled to determine the appropriate funding allocations and project types to consider. The recommended STP-DA project list can be viewed above and includes bicycle and pedestrian, transit and highway projects.

The TIP development schedule may be viewed here

Public Involvement Information:
Public meetings and the solicitation of public comments are required prior to the adoption of any significant plans. The public involvement efforts for the Draft STIP information will be posted soon.

Recent TIP Presentations:
For more detailed information regarding the TIP, view presentations below;



The adopted 2012-2018 CRTPO Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) maybe be viewed by selecting 2012-2018 CRTPO TIP (Adopted July 21, 2011).

The USDOT Conformity Determination letters for the FY 2012-2018 TIP may be viewed by selecting USDOT Conformity Determination Letters (including the 2035 LRTP amendments).

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)