Transportation Improvement Program

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Description and Purpose

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is an annual document created and maintained by the Ames Area MPO staff.  The Ames Area MPO TIP serves as a list of federal-aid surface transportation improvements for the region.  This document covers the Ames Area MPO planning region and is combined with the Iowa Statewide Transportation Program (STIP). 

FFY 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program

The FY 2019-2022 TIP Is effective October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. 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. The Transportation Improvement Program was adopted by the Transportation Policy Committee on  July 10, 2018.

Proposed Amendments to the FFY 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program

The draft Transportation Planning Work Program is available for public review and comment.

Comments can be submitted through an online comment form through May 10, 2019.
Comments may also be submitted in writing addressed to:
Ames Area MPO
515 Clark Avenue
Ames, IA 50010

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

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.

Iowa's Transportation Alternative Program (TAP)

Iowa’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is a new iteration of the program that was included in, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), a transportation authorization act which was in effect from 2013 to 2015. The MAP-21 program redefined the former Transportation Enhancements (TE) activities and consolidated these eligibilities with the former Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and some types of projects that were previously funded through the discretionary National Scenic Byways (NSB) program which were all originally authorized under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) and continued through two successive laws, TEA-21 and SAFETEA-LU. The most recent transportation authorization act, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, was enacted in 2015. These set-aside funds include all projects and activities that were previously eligible, 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.

  • TAP Application (DOT Form 240004)
  • Regional Projects (Ames & Gilbert) (APPLICATION DUE MARCH 31, 2019)
    • Return competed applications to Tony Filippini at Call 515-239-5169 to coordinate other application submittal options. Use DOT TAP Application with link provided in the first bullet.
  • Statewide and Multi-Regional Projects (APPLICATION DUE OCTOBER 1, 2019)



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