Draft Regional Transportation Improvement Program: 2019-2022
The Commission has prepared a draft 2019-2022 regional transportation improvement program (TIP). The TIP is a listing of all arterial highway, public transit, and other transportation improvement projects proposed to be carried out by State and local governments over the next four years (2019-2022) in the seven county Southeastern Wisconsin Region. The TIP indicates the transportation system improvement priorities of State and local governments in Southeastern Wisconsin by their programming of projects to be undertaken in each of the next four years. Transit, arterial highway, and other improvement projects proposed to be implemented in the next four years with Federal U.S. Department of Transportation funding should be included in this program. The draft 2019-2022 TIP is available for review and comment through November 29, 2018.
The draft TIP was compiled by staff by contacting local engineers, planners, and transit operators within the Region. This was done to assure not only participation in, and understanding of, the program development process, but also to assure that all proposed State and local government transportation projects are considered for inclusion in the TIP.
Commission staff reviewed each project proposed to be listed in the TIP for consistency with the adopted year 2050 fiscally constrained transportation plan (FCTP). The Commission staff also compared the total costs of the proposed projects in the TIP to estimates of available Federal, State, and local funding to ensure that available funding sources are adequate to implement the TIP. In addition, the Commission staff conducted an evaluation assessing the impact of the projects programmed in the TIP on minority populations and low-income populations—both positive and negative—and evaluating whether minority populations and low-income populations may be expected to receive a proportionate share of TIP benefits and not receive a disproportionate share of TIP negative impacts (Appendix I). An evaluation was also conducted of the contributions of the projects listed in the TIP toward achieving VISION 2050 performance goals and the established targets for the national performance measures (Appendix E).
The draft TIP along with public comment on the draft TIP will be reviewed by the Commission’s Advisory Committees for Transportation System Planning and Programming for the Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, Round Lake Beach-McHenry-Grayslake, Illinois-Wisconsin, and West Bend urbanized areas. These committees are comprised of local elected and appointed officials and agency representatives responsible for transportation system improvement, operation, and maintenance within each urbanized area.
The project-by-project listing of the draft 2019-2022 TIP includes for each project a brief description; estimated costs; estimated levels of Federal, State, and local funding; and the State or local unit of government sponsor responsible for project implementation. The draft 2019-2022 TIP contains 323 projects representing a total potential investment in transportation improvements and services of $1.90 billion over the next four years. Of this total, $665 million, or about 34.9 percent, is proposed to be provided in Federal aids; $874 million, or about 45.9 percent, in State funds; and $365 million, or about 19.2 percent, in local funds.
About 24.6 percent of the four year draft 2019-2022 TIP proposed expenditures, or about $473 million, are programmed in 2019, the first year of the TIP (as shown in the graphic below).
Distribution of Expenditures in 2019 of the 2019 Through 2022
Transportation Improvement Program by Project Category
- A significant proportion of financial resources programmed for 2019 about $391.9 million, or 82.8 percent are to be devoted to the preservation of the existing transportation facilities and services—both highway and transit—in the Region. This allocation of resources is especially notable given that none of the projects included in the TIP involve routine highway operations and maintenance activities—snowplowing, ice control, grass cutting, and power for traffic control and street lighting.
- The expenditures for highway improvement (projects that include additional travel lanes when a road is being reconstructed) in 2019 are approximately $47.7 million, or 10.1 percent of total expenditures. (It should be noted that much of the cost of a highway improvement project is associated with the reconstruction of the existing highway facility. The cost of additional travel lanes provided may only represent 10 to 20 percent of the total costs of a highway improvement project.) About 0.7 percent, or $3.4 million, of the total expenditures are programmed for highway expansion projects (projects that involve the design and construction of a brand new roadway.)
- About $176.2 million, or 37.2 percent of total financial resources in 2019, is devoted to public transit projects. Public transit ridership represents about two percent of all person trips made on an average weekday in Southeastern Wisconsin. Of the total year 2019 programmed resources for public transit, $166.8 million, or 94.6 percent is for preservation; $3.0 million, or 1.7 percent is for service improvement; and $6.4 million, or 3.7 percent is for service expansion.
Similar programmed funding patterns exist for the full four years of the draft 2019-2022 TIP.
To download a copy of the draft 2019-2022 TIP click here. The attendant conformity demonstration can be found here.
Public Comment Opportunities
A public informational meeting on the draft 2019-2022 transportation improvement program will be held Thursday, November 15, 2018. Staff will be available in an "open house" format from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to individually answer questions and provide information. Oral comment may be given to a court reporter during the meeting or written comments may be submitted. The public meeting will be held:
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Washington Park Senior Center – Main Hall
4420 West Vliet Street
People needing disability-related accommodations are asked to contact the Commission offices a minimum of 3 business days in advance so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Written comments may also be provided through Thursday, November 29, 2018, via U.S. mail, fax, e-mail, or using the comment form below. Please contact:
Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
P.O. Box 1607
W239 N1812 Rockwood Drive
Waukesha, Wisconsin 53187-1607
Phone: 262-547-6721 Fax: 262-547-1103