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Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Construction of Crosswalk to renovated Clinton Square
Road construction in Liverpool

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is the agreed-upon multiyear list of specific projects for which federal funds are anticipated. Required by federal law, the TIP represents the transportation improvement priorities of the Syracuse Metropolitan Area. The list of projects is multi-modal and includes highway and public transit projects, as well as bicycle, pedestrian, and freight-related projects.

The TIP also represents the translation of recommendations from the SMTC’s Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and UPWP into a short-term program of tangible transportation improvements. All TIP projects are evaluated to assure consistency with the community goals and objectives established in the LRTP. The majority of projects in the TIP are aimed at increasing the efficiency and safety of the existing transportation system, rather than construction of new facilities. In addition, all TIP projects must be in conformance with air quality requirements. Representing the culmination of the transportation planning process, the TIP signifies a consensus among local, state and regional officials as to what improvements to pursue, thereby establishing eligibility for federal funding. Changes are routinely made to the TIP through amendments or administrative modifications. These adjustments are provided in the “amended” tables, updated quarterly.

2017-2021 TIP (effective October 1, 2016)

Cover of TIP for fiscal years 2017-2021 Adobe PDF document TIP for fiscal years 2017-2021 (6.21 MB)

This program of projects is effective October 1, 2016.

For a bound copy please call the SMTC at (315) 422-5716 or e-mail your request.

2017-2021 TIP Anticipated Effects Narrative

Amendments and Administrative Modifications

Annual Listing of Obligations

Federal regulations require an “Annual Listing” of projects, including investments in pedestrian walkways and bicycle facilities, for which federal transportation funds have been obligated in the preceding year be made available for public review by the MPO. The listing must be consistent with the funding categories identified in the TIP.

Who Participates in the TIP Process? Belgium Bridge under construction

Many agencies directly participate in the TIP development process.  They include member governments, operating agencies, and state and federal agencies.  Other groups, the business community, and the general public become involved through the SMTC public participation process in addition to their involvement at the municipal and county level.  This multiplicity of jurisdictions and agencies in the SMTC study area necessitates a high degree of coordination during the TIP development process.

Project Application Files

If you have any questions regarding the applications or have difficulty accessing the files, call Mario Colone at 422-5716 x306, or send an email.

Cost Estimating:

HSIP and Safety related info:

Adobe PDF document View the TIP Guidebook
(2.30 MB)  

How are Projects Selected for the TIP?

  1. In many cases, municipal planners and engineers generate lists of potential improvements based on their needs, analyses, previous studies, and citizen input.
  2. The local proposals are then reviewed at the city, county, and regional level in consultation with the NYS Department of Transportation.
  3. Once each city, county, and regional agency has developed its own list of projects and priorities, it presents this list to the SMTC, where the SMTC Capital Projects Committee (CPC) reviews each proposal before making recommendations to the SMTC Planning and Policy Committees.  The CPC seeks to ensure that the highest priorities of the Syracuse Metropolitan Area are being addressed within the limits of available resources.
  4. Finally, the SMTC provides the forum through which its Policy Committee members determine the TIP.  After considering the recommendations of the CPC and the public comment, the SMTC Policy Committee determines the final list of projects, and adopts the multi-year TIP for advancement.

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