What is the Transportation Improvement Program?
Our transportation options and quality of infrastructure impact more than just mobility. They influence how we attract talent, create community places, drive economic development, and prioritize connectivity and accessibility for all who live, work, and play in the Greater Lansing region.
This is why the projects included in our Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP for short, represent more than just an investment into our transportation system – they are an investment into our region’s prosperity and success.
The TIP is the region’s short-range capital improvements program for roads, bicycle and pedestrian pathways, public transit, and other transportation enhancements in Greater Lansing's tri-county region. It includes a list of the federally funded projects planned within Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties over the next four years, as well as background information and statutory regulations that guide regional transportation planning across the country.
The TIP is a living document - changes to projects, including adding new ones, adjusting timelines for construction, removing projects, and changings costs and other information are made throughout the year at meetings of our technical advisory committee and Board of Commissioners. Previous amendments may be viewed in past meeting materials.
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FY 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Program
Tri-County's Board of Commissioners adopted the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for fiscal years 2023 through 2026 on May 25, 2022. Our fiscal year 2023-2026 TIP, which runs from October 2022 through September 2026, includes a variety of projects to improve our roads, non-motorized facilities, public transit services and buses, operations, system safety, and bridges. This TIP includes over $500 million of investment into our region's transportation infrastructure and systems!
The TIP is a living planning document and revisions to projects are made throughout the year. Significant revisions, called amendments, are listed below for this TIP cycle. These are shared with the CARTS Technical Committee, along with any minor administrative modifications made to projects, and approved by the Board.
Navigate the document gallery below to view project details, as well as the TIP document and supporting appendices. To learn more about transportation projects planned throughout Greater Lansing's tri-county area, view the complete project list (PDF) or navigate the different layers of our interactive map. Explore projects by year or type, or see the full listing by expanding the arrow at the bottom of the interactive project map.
Additional documents include background on how projects are scored and prioritized, the schedule for amending projects, policies for revising projects, and other program information.
Past Transportation Improvement Programs
View past Transportation Improvement Programs and annual listings of projects that have been obligated (received committed funding) over the years in the below document gallery. Past amendments to these programs are also listed below.
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Transportation planning affects all of us. It influences the roads that are repaired, the systems that are implemented, and even the goods, services, and businesses that come into the area.
Though our 2023-2026 TIP has been adopted, all are welcome to attend a future public meeting or submit a general comment online about a project!
What Else Should I Know?
As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the region, Tri-County channels all federal funding for transportation projects into our local communities. The TIP, which plans for these projects, is developed through a cooperative, collaborative process with area road departments, the region's public transit providers, and local, state, and federal government agencies.
The TIP's list of projects is "fiscally constrained," which means that only projects with confirmed funding are listed (it is not a "wish list" of projects). Though funding may come from a variety of sources, the term "obligated" references the federal government's legal commitment to pay their share of a project cost.
The TIP is the short-range implementation arm of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, and each TIP project must work toward achieving the goals and objectives listed in the Plan and meeting performance measures. The TIP is one of the ways we implement the long-term vision of the Plan, in addition to policy priorities and planning initiatives.
What Types of Projects are Included in the TIP?
Funding is used to improve the condition of the roads and highways.
Funding for capital improvements, including public transportation facilities and bus purchases.
Funding is used to repair and replace state and local bridges.
Funding is used to contribute to the improved safety of the transportation network by working to reduce fatalities and injuries of both drivers and bicyclists/pedestrians.
Funding is used to maintain or improve bicycle and pedestrian connections and infrastructure, including trails.
Administration and Planning
Funding is used for collecting data and coordinating studies for improvements for the transportation system, including reducing congestion, improving access and system connectivity, and other mobility enhancements.