On November 1, ACOG will issue a call for projects to begin preparing a new metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for federal fiscal years 2015-2018. Consistent with federal legislation—Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21)—ACOG prepares a TIP every other year covering a four-year period.

Transportation projects and services that will include federal funding are required to be listed in the metropolitan TIP and the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Additionally, TIP projects must be consistent with the region’s long-range transportation plan, Encompass 2035, and must reflect federal, state and local transportation funds expected to be available during the four-year TIP period.

The 2015-2018 TIP will be developed in cooperation with metro area local governments, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, and local transit and airport operators. The responses received will be used to prepare a preliminary document for public review and comment and presentation to ACOG’s Intermodal Transportation Technical and Policy Committees next spring. Inclusion of a project in the TIP is not a guarantee of federal funds, but is contingent upon environmental, right-of way and utility clearances, completion of final plans, and the availability of federal funds and local matching funds.

Responses to the call for projects are required by Monday, December 16, and must include the completed application, scoring, cost estimate, and other documentation as detailed in the materials from ACOG.  For questions, please contact Holly Massie with the Transportation Planning & Services Division at HMassie@ACOGOK.org or 234-2264.

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