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Meeting Date: 02/01/2021  
Title:    Draft 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) - Amendment No. 1
Presented by: Scott Walker
Department: Planning & Community Services Division: Planning

No formal action is expected at this Work Session. However, this item is scheduled for the February 8 Regular City Council Meeting and staff will bring a recommendation to City Council to approve the 2020-2024 TIP Amendment I and forward that recommendation to PCC through its designee, Mayor Cole. The PCC is scheduled to meet on February 16 for action on this item.
BACKGROUND (Consistency with Adopted Plans and Policies, if applicable)
Federal regulations require that Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) review and update their Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) periodically. Given some timing and funding adjustments with several transportation projects, the current Billings 2020-24 TIP must be amended to maintain compliance with State and Federal requirements. The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a short-range program of highway and transit projects in the Billings MPO area and is prepared by City-County Planning Division staff in cooperation with state and local agencies. The purpose of the TIP is to provide the mechanism for scheduling federal funds for surface transportation projects, indicate regional priorities, and demonstrate a short range transportation vision for the area. A secondary purpose of the TIP is to provide information about other transportation projects in the urbanized area that are exempt from the TIP approval process, such as projects that do not utilize federal funds. This TIP amendment is being presented to the Council for review due to timing and cost updates to several projects.
Staff has included below a quick reference indicating what new projects are included.
2020-2024 TIP Amendment #1 Highlights
  • Build Grant - Inner Belt Loop/Skyline Trail - New Projects
  • Montana Avenue Overpass: Study and Rehab – New Project
  • Grand Avenue (24th to Zimmerman - Pavement Preservation) - New Project
  • MET Transit Funds Added to the Program (Aware)
All other monetary adjustments to the document are at the request of the Montana Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration.
The current TIP includes updates of federal funding for several projects in the Billings area. When the Council considers this item at its February 8 Meeting, it may:
  • Recommend approval to the Policy Coordinating Committee (PCC) of the 2020-2024 TIP Amendment I as drafted in order to continue the implementation of federally funded transportation projects in the Billings MPO area; or
  • Recommend modifications to the proposed 2020-2024 TIP Amendment I and present these recommendations to the Policy Coordinating Committee for further consideration.
Not approving the 2020-2024 TIP Amendment I would cause the Billings MPO to be out of compliance with State and Federal requirements and could affect the schedule and completion of transportation projects in the Billings MPO area.
A range of federal funding sources is available to the Billings MPO area for the purposes of funding transportation system improvements. A list of those sources is shown in the TIP. There is no known direct impact to City or County funds in budgeting for these projects given the use of federal funding sources. Projects in the TIP that are not federally funded have already been identified in other programming documents, like the City's Capital Improvement Program.

TIP Amend. 1 Quick Reference
2020-24 TIP Amend. 1


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