Transportation Improvement Program

The TIP is developed by MARC in cooperation with Kansas (KDOT) and Missouri (MoDOT) departments of transportation, local governments and public transportation agencies. Under federal law, the TIP must:
  • Cover a period of no less than four years. 
  • Be updated at least every four years.
  • Be approved by the MPO and the governors of Kansas and Missouri.
  • Be consistent with the approved metropolitan transportation plan.
  • Conform with the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for air quality, if the region is designated a non-attainment or maintenance area.
  • Demonstrate that proposed transportation investments are financially realistic and achievable.
  • List all federally funded and regionally significant projects regardless of funding source.
  • Cover all modes of travel.

Area programmed by the TIP

2014-2018 TIP


2012-2016 TIP


Amend or modify the TIP


TIP Amendment Archive


TIP Tracker

The metropolitan planning boundary includes Wyandotte, Johnson and Leavenworth counties in Kansas, and Clay, Jackson, Platte and northern Cass counties in Missouri. Parts of the region are designated as maintenance areas for air quality. MARC must make sure that all capacity projects included in the TIP within Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Platte and Wyandotte counties meet air quality conformity requirements established by the Clean Air Act of 1990.

What does the TIP include?

The TIP contains all major surface transportation projects planned to receive federal, state and local funding within the metro area that will be carried out in the next five years.

The current federal transportation law, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) (P.L. 112-141), maintains the requirement established under SAFETEA-LU — the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users  law — to consider the following eight factors in the transportation planning process:
  • Support the economic vitality of the metropolitan area, especially by enabling global competitiveness, productivity and efficiency.
  • Increase the safety of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users.
  • Increase the security of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users.
  • Increase the accessibility and mobility of people and for freight. 
  • Protect and enhance the environment, promote energy  conservation, improve the quality of life, and promote consistency between transportation improvements and state and local planned-growth and economic-development patterns.
  • Enhance the integration and connectivity of the transportation system, across and between modes, for people and freight.
  • Promote efficient system management and operation.
  • Emphasize the preservation of the existing transportation system.

How are projects selected?

MARC solicits project proposals from the Kansas and Missouri departments of transportation as well as all local jurisdictions and public transit providers. Priorities for the suballocated STP funds are set by MARC's Highway Committee for the next five years.

Updating the TIP

The TIP update process is on a two-year cycle. It begins in January and is completed by the end of October every other year.

Amending the TIP

MARC amends the TIP on a quarterly cycle upon approval of the Total Transportation Policy Committee and the MARC Board. Amendments are needed when adding new projects, or modifying or deleting existing projects that meet certain criteria. When an amendment is requested, a notice is published in local newspaper announcing a public review and comment period for the proposed amendment.