Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

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.

The TIP:

  • 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.

Draft 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)

On June 28, 2017, NCDOT released an updated version of the Draft 2018-2027 STIP, which includes 144 new projects across the state. Many projects in the GCLMPO area have been accelerated from the first draft (January 2017). To view GCLMPO’s portion of the Draft 2018-2027 STIP, click here.

The GCLMPO is holding a public comment period from July 10 – August 8, 2017. To submit comments, email Randi Gates or call 704.854.6604.

The Draft 2018-2027 STIP is scheduled to be adopted by the NC Board of Transportation in August 2017.

Current 2016-2025 STIP

NCDOT maintains a 10-year STIP that is updated monthly based upon TIP amendments that are approved by the Board of Transportation. NCDOT’s current STIP can be viewed here.