The Commission has approved the 2019-2022 regional transportation improvement program (TIP). The 2019-2022 TIP can be accessed from this link. 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 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 TIP and public comment on the TIP were reviewed and approved 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 at a meeting held on December 6, 2018. 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 and public comment on the TIP were reviewed and approved by the Commission on December 13, 2018.
The project-by-project listing of the 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 2019-2022 TIP contains 321 projects representing a total potential investment in transportation improvements and services of $1.89 billion over the next four years. Of this total, $658 million, or about 35 percent, is proposed to be provided in Federal aids; $870 million, or about 46 percent, in State funds; and $366 million, or about 19 percent, in local funds.
About 24.7 percent of the four year 2019-2022 TIP proposed expenditures, or about $467 million, are programmed in 2019, the first year of the TIP (as shown in the figure 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 $398.3 million, or 85.3 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 $33.7 million, or 7.2 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 $176.0 million, or 37.7 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, $166.6 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 2019-2022 TIP.
Public Comment Opportunities
A public informational meeting on the draft 2019-2022 transportation improvement program was held on Thursday, November 15, 2018, at the Washington Park Senior Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Display boards used at the public informational meeting are available here. An opportunity for members of the public to provide written comments on the TIP was provided through Thursday, November 29, 2018, via U.S. mail, fax, e-mail, or this website. Public comments on the draft TIP are summarized in the TIP document.