The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) identifies the transportation projects that GCLMPO and NCDOT plan to undertake over the next ten years. The TIP is established through NCDOT’s Board of Transportation to allocate funds to highway, aviation, public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian, and other modes of transportation. All projects receiving federal funding must be in the TIP. The TIP is the region’s way of allocating its transportation resources among the various capital and operating needs of the area, based on a clear set of short-term transportation priorities.
- Is updated at least every two years;
- Is fiscally constrained, based on available funding and not just a “wish list” of projects;
- Conforms with the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for air quality (Gaston and Lincoln counties are classified as nonattainment for ozone);
- Is approved by the MPO and the governor; and
- Is incorporated directly into North Carolina’s State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), a 10-year State and Federal-mandated plan that identifies the construction funding for and scheduling of transportation projects throughout the state.
The process by which the NCDOT STIP is developed is known as NCDOT Prioritization.