The Charlottesville-Albemarle Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a document used to schedule spending of federal transportation funds within the metropolitan region, in coordination with significant state and local funds, for the federal fiscal years 2018 through 2021. The TIP is a prioritized listing/program of transportation projects that is developed and formally adopted by the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) as part of the metropolitan transportation planning process.
The fiscal years spanned by the FY2018-2021 TIP begin on October 1, 2017 and end September 30, 2020. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is a primary sponsor for many of the projects. Activities listed for Charlottesville Area Transit and JAUNT are projects and programs sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) over the coming four-year period.
Federal regulations only require that projects that will use federal funding and/or other federal approval appear in the TIP. In Charlottesville-Albemarle, state and locally funded projects are included for a more comprehensive document. Inclusion of these local and state funded projects indicates approval by the MPO but does not necessarily indicate endorsement of them by the individual local governments, nor does it indicate state endorsement of local projects.
Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) uses the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) development process of the TJPDC Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to satisfy the public hearing requirements of 49 U.S.C. Section 5307(c). The TIP public notice of public involvement activities and time established for public review and comment on the TIP satisfies the program-of-projects requirements of the Urbanized Area Formula Program.