The Commission has prepared a draft 2021-2024 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 (2021-2024) in the seven county Southeastern Wisconsin Region. The TIP indicates the transportation system improvement priorities of State and local governments in Southeastern Wisconsin 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.
Commission staff reviewed each project proposed to be listed in the TIP for consistency with the adopted year 2050 fiscally constrained transportation system (FCTS). 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 2021-2024 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 2021-2024 TIP contains 378 projects representing a total potential investment in transportation improvements and services of $2.64 billion over the next four years. Of this total, $1.48 billion, or about 56 percent, is proposed to be provided in Federal aids; $803 million, or about 30.4 percent, in State funds; and $357 million, or about 13.6 percent, in local funds. About 31.2 percent of the four-year draft 2021-2024 TIP proposed expenditures, or about $822 million, are programmed in 2021, the first year of the TIP (as shown in the figure below).
Distribution of Expenditures in 2021 of the 2021 Through 2024
Transportation Improvement Program by Project Category
- A proportion of financial resources programmed for 2021—about $473.5 million, or 57.6 percent—are to be devoted to the preservation of the existing transportation facilities and services—both highway and transit—in the Region. 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 2021 are approximately $262.7 million, or 32 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.) No expenditures are programmed for highway expansion projects (projects that involve the design and construction of a brand-new roadway.)
- About $261.7 million, or 31.8 percent of total financial resources in 2021, is devoted to public transit projects. Public transit ridership respresents about two percent of all person-trips made on an average weekday in Southeastern Wisconsin. Of the total year 2021 programmed resources for public transit, $203.2 million, or 77.7 percent, is for preservation and $58.5 million, or 22.3 percent, is for service expansion. While there are no discrete transit improvement projects identified in 2021, one of the programmed transit expansion projects includes transit improvement activities.
Similar programmed funding patterns exist for the full four years of the draft 2021-2024 TIP.
To download a copy of the draft 2021-2024 TIP click here. The attendant conformity demonstration can be found here.
Public Comment Opportunities
The Commission is seeking public comment on the draft 2021-2024 TIP. Comment can be provided by one of two ways:
- Virtual Public Informational Meeting – A virtual public meeting on the draft 2021-2024 TIP was held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This meeting began with a brief presentation by Commission staff on the draft TIP, followed by an opportunity for participants to ask questions and provide written or oral comment in real time. Presentation slides and a recording will be made available for participants who were unable to attend.
- Written Comments - Comments may be provided through Thursday, December 3, 2020, 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: 262-262-953-3252 Fax: 262-547-1103