The transportation improvement program (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 (2015-2018) in the seven county Southeastern Wisconsin Region.
The current program is for the period 2015-2018 and may be found here. 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 TIP was compiled by an interagency staff team drawn from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Southeast Region; the Milwaukee County Department of Public Works; the Milwaukee County Transit System; the City of Milwaukee; and the Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC). The TIP is reviewed by the Regional Planning 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 TIP is also reviewed by the Regional Planning Commission for consistency with the regional transportation system plan.
The project-by-project listing of the 2015-2018 transportation improvement program 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 2015-2018 TIP contains 434 projects representing a total potential investment in transportation improvements and services of $2.64 billion over the next four years. Of this total, $1.16 billion, or about 43.8 percent, is proposed to be provided in Federal aids; $1.19 billion, or about 45.0 percent, in State funds; and $295 million, or about 11.2 percent, in local funds.
About 37.5 percent of the four year draft 2015-2018 TIP proposed expenditures, or about $989 million, are programmed in 2015, the first year of the TIP (as shown in the graphic below).
A significant proportion of the 2015 financial resources are devoted to the preservation of existing transportation facilities and services – about $445.6 million or 45.1 percent.
The expenditures for highway improvements – widening existing arterials – are about $439 million, or about 44.4 percent of total expenditures. (It should be noted that much of the cost of a highway improvement project is attendant to reconstruction of the existing highway facility. The cost of additional traffic lanes provided may only represent 10 to 20 percent of the total costs of a highway improvement project.) About 85.0 percent or $373 million of the $439 million in programmed expenditures for highway improvement projects in 2015 is programmed for the reconstruction of the Zoo Interchange in Milwaukee County.
A significant portion of total financial resources is devoted to public transit projects, which account for about $236 million or 23.9 percent of programmed funding. Public transit ridership represents about two percent of all person trips made on an average weekday in southeastern Wisconsin.
Of the programmed funding for public transit, about $162 million, or 68.5 percent, is programmed for preservation of existing services, and about $75 million, or 31.5 percent, for service expansion.
Similar programmed funding patterns exist for the full four years of the 2015-2018 TIP.
To download a copy of the 2015-2018 TIP click HERE.
The TIP may be amended from time-to-time. This occurs when projects are substantially modified or funding sources substantially change and, in some cases, when new funding sources arise. Amendments also include significant changes in project timing. Amendments to the TIP may occur monthly and are generally noted on the Commission’s website the first or second week of the month. Proposed amendments are reviewed by the five TIP Committees prior to being approved by the Commission. In addition, projects in the TIP can be administratively modified to correct errors or make relatively small changes to project scope, timing, and funding sources. The Commission and the five TIP Committees are not required to approve administrative modifications to the TIP. SEWRPC posts on the right sidebar of this webpage all TIP amendments and modifications.
Listing of Obligated Projects
In an activity related to the TIP, Federal law requires that the MPO post for public access on an annual basis a listing of projects for which the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has obligated funds in the preceding program year. This material may be found listed in the right sidebar of this webpage.