Transportation Improvement Program
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), developed and produced annually 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 Metropolitan Transportation Plan.
The 2024-2027 Transportation Improvement Program has been developed, reviewed, and approved. It was adopted by the Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Planning Organization on September 19, 2023.
Occasionally it becomes necessary to modify the Active TIP to ensure it is consistent with the North Dakota Department of Transportation's STIP (State Transportation Improvement Program). If the modification is significant, an amendment will be developed and will be advertised for a 15-day public comment period which will include a public hearing for the amendment. The amendment must be formally approved by the MPO Policy Board to be incorporated into the Active TIP. Modifications which are not of a significant nature, which typically involve minor scope changes or minor cost changes (any decrease of project cost or an increase less than 25% of the total project cost), are presented as administrative modifications. Administrative modifications are presented to the MPO Policy Board for informational purposes but do not require any formal approval. Public notification is not required for an administrative modification.
Amendments to the Active TIP
TIP Development Process
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.