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Transportation Improvement Program

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a short-range (3-5 year) capital improvement program (budget) of transportation projects consistent with federal regulations and area policies and strategies. The TIP lists all projects for which federal funds are anticipated, along with non-federally funded projects that are regionally significant. The TIP represents the transportation improvement priorities of the region and is required by federal law. The list includes roadway and public transit projects. For more information contact: Toni Tisdale, 475-2238.

COMPASS produces a regional TIP for both the Northern Ada County and Nampa Urbanized Area and updates the document annually. The list of TIP projects must be endorsed by the COMPASS Board. The U.S. Department of Transportation requires that all projects in the TIP be derived from an approved long range transportation plan, meet air quality requirements and be financially constrained to the amount of funds that are expected to be available. The TIP shows the estimated costs and projected construction schedule of transportation projects. The TIP brochure describes in more detail how the TIP is developed. (English/Español)

The Idaho Transportation Department’s Idaho Transportation Investment Program (ITIP) and Ada County Highway District’s Integrated Five-Year Work Plan provide information on additional transportation projects not included in the TIP.

DRAFT FY2015-2019 Regional Transportation Improvement Program

Several changes have been proposed by the Idaho Transportation Department that affect the draft FY2015-2019 Regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Ada and Canyon Counties. These changes were submitted after the original public comment period closed on September 9, 2014. Due to the number and significance of these changes, COMPASS is holding a second public comment period on the draft FY2015-2019 TIP.

COMPASS is asking for your comments on those proposed changes – or anything else in the TIP – before the COMPASS Board reviews the TIP for approval in October. Please comment by Friday, October 3, 2014, to share your thoughts on the proposed changes.

What are the proposed changes?

A list of proposed changes can be found here. The proposed changes include, but are not limited to:

Why have these changes been proposed?
In the original draft FY2015-2019 TIP, ITD had added a project to restore the pavement on Interstate 84 between Nampa and Caldwell. However, this addition caused ITD to be over budget in its pavement restoration and preservation program in FY2019. In order to remain within the established budget, ITD needed to reduce its pavement restoration program by $8 million.

The I-84 restoration project was originally scoped for modest pavement improvements, that upon further investigation would not have adequately addressed the reconstruction efforts required, nor would they have addressed the need for more capacity by widening the interstate to include a third lane in each direction. With the recognition that the programmed amount would not meet the needs of the project, this project was removed. The I-84 Nampa to Caldwell restoration project remains a priority and ITD will continue to seek opportunities to fund the project, as well as expand this section of I-84. 

In addition, after the original draft FY2015-2019 was developed, ITD reviewed the safety projects that had been budgeted to ensure that the projects identified would have the greatest impact in reducing deaths and serious injuries from auto crashes. Changes were made to accelerate and add projects in FY2017, FY2018, and FY2019 to address areas of higher priority; several projects evaluated as lower priority in achieving safety goals were postponed or removed completely. While the majority of the proposed changes relate to these two issues, additional smaller changes have also been proposed.

Submit comments:
You may comment on the proposed changes to the draft TIP and/or any of the original projects (see links below).

COMPASS will keep all comments submitted during the original comment period, so if you submitted comments at that time, you do not need to re-submit those comments. Original comments are posted below.

Comments must be submitted in writing (via email or letter) and received no later than 11:59 pm Friday, October 3, 2014.  Direct comments and questions to Toni Tisdale, Principal Planner, COMPASS, 700 NE 2nd Street, Suite 200, Meridian, ID  83642;; or fax to 208/855-2559.

Links to documents:

Those needing assistance, including assistance in submitting written comments, may call 208/475-2229 with 48 hours advance notice. Personas que necesitan asistencia especial, favor de llamar al número 208/475-2229 con 48 horas de anticipación.

FY2014-2018 Regional Transportation Improvement Program

FY2014-2018 Regional Transportation Improvement Program (6.7 MB) (7/12/14)

Summary of All Amendments

Public Involvement Plans

Regional Transportation Improvement Program Public Involvement Plan


Transportation Improvement Program Amendment Policy (4/21/2014)

Transportation Service Coordination Plan for Ada and Canyon Counties (3D LMMN Plan)

Transportation Services Coordination Plans are developed to maximize existing public transit services, increase the efficiency of those services, and secure additional funding for these services. Specifically, they fulfill a federal requirement to develop a plan to access applicable Federal Transit Administration funds. The update of the current plan will recognize an official change in the coordination planning boundary from the previous plan that covered six counties (the 3C LMMN [local mobility management network] plan), to one that covers just Ada and Canyon Counties (3D LMMN plan). This boundary change came about through negotiations with metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in Idaho and the Idaho Transportation Department to better reflect the unique governance structure and planning process that occurs within MPO planning area boundaries.

Project Prioritization Process


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