Transportation Improvement Program

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The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is an annual document created and maintained by the Ames Area MPO staff.  This document covers the Ames Area MPO planning region and is combined with the Iowa Statewide Transportation Program (STIP) to form vital components for an extensive, ongoing, and cooperative planning effort for the programming of federal funds.  The Ames Area MPO TIP serves as a list of federal-aid surface transportation improvements for the region.


FY 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program



 July 12, 2016: Adopted

 Revision History:

  • October 11, 2016: Amended
  • November 17, 2016: Administrative Modification
  • June 13, 2017: Amended

 *For copies of past programs, contact the Ames Area MPO at 515-239-5169


FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program


Cover of the 2018 TPWP

    July 11, 2017: Adopted

The FY 2018-2021 TIP becomes effective October 1, 2017. Projects must be included in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) to be eligible for Federal funding. More information on the STIP can be found on the Iowa Department of Transportation website.


Applications for Submitting Projects

Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG)

The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act converts the long-standing Surface Transportation Program (STP) into the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBG) acknowledging that this program has the most flexible eligibilities among all Federal-aid highway programs and aligning the program's name with how the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has historically administered it. The STBG promotes flexibility in State and local transportation decisions and provides flexible funding to best address State and local transportation needs. (FAST Act § 1109(a)) More information on the STBG Program is available here.

Transportation Alternative (TA)

The FAST Act eliminates the MAP-21 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and replaces it with a set-aside of Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program funding for transportation alternatives (TA). These set-aside funds include all projects and activities that were previously eligible under TAP, encompassing a variety of smaller-scale transportation projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities, recreational trails, safe routes to school projects, community improvements such as historic preservation and vegetation management, and environmental mitigation related to stormwater and habitat connectivity.

  •  Due to changes in TA Project Selection process, the Ames Area MPO, in coordination with the Iowa Department of Transportation, will relase the TA Application schedule for FY 2021 at a later date.











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