The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is the process in which federal transportation funds are distributed to local governments, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and Regional Transportation District (RTD) through a competitive grant application process. This process is managed by the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). They ensure that all of the many federal requirements of the funding allocation are met. The DRCOG Board is composed of one elected official from every municipality and every county in the eight-county Denver metropolitan area.
Regional and Subregional TIP
In previous years, the TIP consisted of one regional competitive grant application for all of the federal funding. This year, the DRCOG Board voted to split the process into regional and subregional processes. Twenty percent of the total federal funding was allocated to the regional process and 80% was allocated to the subregional process. The subregional funding was split among the eight subregions through a formula based on population and jobs. The Boulder County subregion receives 9.96% of the total subregional funding.
Boulder County Forum
The Forum is made up of one elected official from each of the nine incorporated towns/cities and Boulder County, and decides how Boulder County’s subregional funding will be allocated to projects within Boulder County. These are the elected officials that also sit on the larger DRCOG Board. In December 2018, the Boulder County Forum adopted criteria that will be used to score all of the projects that are submitted to compete for subregional funding.
The Decision-Making Process
Applications for the subregional TIP process are due to DRCOG by Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. In March, the project applications will be scored and ranked based on criteria adopted by the Forum in December 2018. There are two parts to the criteria. First is the DRCOG adopted TIP Policy. The second are the “Additional Scoring Criteria” that the Forum adopted to provide additional guidance on ranking projects, which includes:
- Small Communities
- Regional Connections
- Affordable Living
At a meeting in April 2019, the Forum will vote on the final package of projects that will be funded.
Boulder County Projects
Boulder County and Boulder County municipalities have submitted a total of 24 projects to be scored and ranked. All projects are available below:
- 30th Street Corridor Improvements
- Regional Trails Connection at 104th Street Trail
- County Line Road Shoulder Improvements – 17th Street to SH 66
- Downtown Boulder Station Improvements
- Enhanced FLEX Transit Service
- HOP Transit Service Expansion
- Marshall Road Underpass
- Nederland Visitor Center Transportation Improvements
- SH 7 and 95th Street Multimodal Intersection
- SH 7 and 119th Intersection Improvements
- SH 7 Bridge Replacement
- SH 7 Multi-use Path and Transit Stop Improvements
- SH 42 Design Plans
- SH 66 Improvements – Hover to Main Street
- SH 119 Completed Bikeway Design
- SH 119 Improvements – Nelson to Pratt
- South Boulder Road At-Grade Safety and Intersection Improvements
- St. Vrain Trail Extension – Lyons
- Table Mesa Multi-use Path and Access Improvements
- US 36 Bikeway Extension – Superior to Broomfield
- US 36 Multimodal Improvements in Lyons
- US 287 Bus Rapid Transit Feasibility
- Summary of Requests
There are several ways that Boulder County residents can provide feedback on which projects move forward with funding:
- Attend the April 5, 2019 Forum meeting and provide comments in person.
- Email Scott McCarey who will be facilitating the subregional process with questions or comments. He will pass these comments onto the appropriate staff and/or elected officials.