The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a program management tool for structuring metropolitan transportation related projects. It is a program and schedule of intended transportation improvements (or continuation of current activities) encompassing a four (4) year period, developed as part the local planning process review for Federal funds via the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).  Regionally significant transportation projects are also included in the document, even though federal funding may not be involved in the financing of the improvement.  The TIP should be considered the implementing tool of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) that was adopted in January 2015.  Reference is made to the MTP being a document that provides a vision for the future of the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA).  The SJATSO planning process is done in accordance with the federal 3-C process of continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive planning.

The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), in cooperation with the State(s) and affected transit operators and local partners, shall develop the TIP. [For St. Joseph, the State shall mean the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT)].  The MPO provides citizens, private providers of transportation, and other interested parties with a reasonable opportunity to comment on the proposed program.

The TIP shall be updated at least once every two years and shall be approved by the MPO and the Governor(s), wherein it is incorporated into each state’s respective Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) by reference. It shall contain a priority list of projects to be carried out within each 4-year period or at least be grouped by year. Also, it shall provide a constrained financial plan that is capable of being implemented.

Under regulations governing urban transportation planning as prescribed jointly by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, the St. Joseph Area Transportation Study Organization (SJATSO), as the designated MPO, has the responsibility of developing the TIP for the metropolitan planning area. The TIP, by regulation, is to be incorporated into the STIP without modification.

The map of projects for the 2018-2021 TIP is below. Click on the pins for more project information.


For a copy of the current TIP or archived TIPs see below:

2018-2021 TIP Final Draft for Public Release (Public Comment Period: 4/7/17-5/7/17)

2018-2021 TIP



A letter was sent on January 13th, 2017 to project sponsors notifying them of the 2018-2021 TIP update. Those who need to apply are municipalities/agencies with new projects for the TIP or municipalities/agencies who have current projects in the TIP that need to be extended into FY2018 that are not already programmed as such. Current projects that are scheduled to end in FY17 will not be automatically carried over into the new TIP; staff must be notified. In order to qualify your project for inclusion in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), you must complete then submit the following forms to the St. Joseph Area Transportation Study Organization (SJATSO):

TIP Project Submittal Form

Certification of Compliance: Title VI/EJ

Certification of Compliance: MPO Policies and Plans

The deadline for submittals is February 24th, 2017.

If you have any questions or need help applying please contact staff; completed forms can either be scanned and emailed or mailed as hard copies. For a complete timeline of the FY2018-2021 update timeline, click here. Additionally, staff is currently updating its internal evaluation of TIP projects. Below is a draft of the TIP criteria that will be used to evaluate submitted projects.

TIP Project Selection & Evaluation 2016 DRAFT



Amendments may be made to the TIP for qualifying projects. If a project existing in the approved and adopted TIP needs adjustment to the timeline, scope or funding  agencies may contact staff to request an amendment. Additionally, if for example, unexpected funding becomes available for a project in between TIP updates, agencies may request the addition of their project through an amendment. Amendments on average can take 3 months to incorporate into the TIP if approved and should not be used as a replacement for updating projects during the TIP update cycle. For questions about amendments, please contact staff.



The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST) transportation legislation enacted by Congress in December 2015 requires that:

“An annual listing of projects, including investments in pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities, for which Federal funds have been obligated in the preceding year shall be published or otherwise made available by the cooperative effort of the State, transit operator, and metropolitan planning organization for public review.” 23 CFR 134(j)(7)(8)

As required, this report lists all transportation projects authorized or revised to increase obligations of federal transportation funds in the St. Joseph metropolitan region during the MPO program year 2016 (July 1st, 2015 – June 1st, 2016). The federal government obligates, or commits, funds to a project only after the completion of the required project development process and all local, state, and federal approvals have been obtained.

2016 Annual Listing of Obligated Projects

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