The annually developed Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), produced by the Bismarck-Mandan MPO, identifies federally funded transportation improvements in the area over a four year time frame. Federal regulations require each MPO to develop a TIP for projects using Federal transportation funding sources. The TIP is developed on an annual basis in cooperation with the MPO area member jurisdictions, transit provider, and the North Dakota Department of Transportation.
The TIP may be modified at any time consistent with the procedures established in the Bismarck-Mandan MPO Public Participation Plan. Projects included within the TIP must be consistent with the current Long Range Transportation Plan.
Adopted in 2010 and updated in 2014, the TIP Development Guide identifies the processes and associated time frames involved in the annual TIP development. Generally, the TIP is comprised of projects/programs funded through a variety of federal transportation funding sources for roadway, bicycle and pedestrian, and transit improvements.
The Urban Roads Program is one of the federal transportation funding sources used to fund transportation projects identified in the TIP. A dedicated amount of Urban Roads Program funds are provided to the MPO area each year and are restricted to the urbanized areas of Bismarck and Mandan defined by the US Census Bureau. The MPO Policy Board has adopted a process to prioritize projects seeking Urban Roads Program funds. The Urban Roads Application Form is used by jurisdictions in the MPO area to apply for Urban Roads Program funds. A group of nine individuals endorsed by the MPO Policy Board reviews the applications and provides a recommendation for candidate project priorities to the MPO TAC and Policy Board. The MPO TAC and Policy Board reserve the right to prioritize projects at their discretion.