Prioritizing long-term needs
A major component of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan is identification of a list of regionally important projects that improve the transportation of people and goods (highway, transit and more). This federally required project listing is intended to help the region identify and prioritize future transportation investments based on goals, strategies and estimated financial resources. The projects in Transportation Outlook 2040 were developed, prioritized, and ultimately selected through a comprehensive and coordinated process involving the general public, regional transportation stakeholders and MARC planning committees.
Incorporation by reference of the
MARC Transportation Improvement Program
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a detailed list of projects to be implemented in the next four to five years, and is developed for the metropolitan transportation planning process in accordance with federal regulations (CFR §450.324). The TIP is incorporated into the MTP by reference, and therefore, upon adoption by the MARC Board, the MTP shall include all projects in the most recently approved TIP as well as any future TIP amendments approved before the next MTP update.
Transportation Outlook 2040 includes “constrained” and “unconstrained” project lists. The financial plan described in Appendix E: Financial Capacity demonstrates the availability of funding for projects in the constrained list. The unconstrained list includes those projects that would be included in the plan if additional resources beyond those identified in Appendix E become available.