Programming federal funds for priority transportation projects
As this area’s designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the MIC is required to develop and maintain a fiscally-constrained Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Duluth, MN, and Superior, WI. The TIP is a four-year financial program that identifies the surface transportation projects that will utilize federal funds. It lists the descriptions, timeframes and costs for each project.
All projects must be identified in the MIC’s current 25-year Long Range Transportation Plan in support of the Duluth-Superior area’s goals and transportation system needs. Multiple transportation modes are funded, including roadways, transit and bicycle and pedestrian facilities and rail projects. TIPs are updated annually, following separate processes and time frames established by MnDOT and WisDOT.
As TIPs are being developed, several opportunities for public input into the proposed projects are offered prior to approval by the MIC Board, in accordance with the MIC’s Public Involvement Plan. Approved (current) TIPs may be amended to accomodate changes in funding amounts, sources and scope.
See links, above and at right, to view the current, approved TIPs as well as the ones that are being developed for the upcoming four years.