State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)

The STIP is a list of transportation projects the State of Rhode Island intends to implement using US Department of Transportation funds. For a transportation project to utilize federal funds it must be included in the STIP. The STIP is the product of extensive data analysis coupled with a significant outreach effort to communities, public interest groups, and citizens throughout the state.

Federal regulations require that the State Planning Council, acting as the single statewide Metropolitan Planning Organization in Rhode Island, adopt a new STIP at a minimum of every four (4) years. The STIP must present a four (4) year program, by year, and may present additional projects proposed for funding in future years. The previous FFY13-16 TIP covered the required four federal fiscally constrained years and had one additional category called “Future Years” which included projects that would be pursued should additional funds become available. The newly approved STIP, the FFY 17-25 TIP, covers a longer time period; it includes the required four (4) fiscally constrained years and expands the previous single “Future Years” category. This longer timeframe better aligns with the State’s shift to an asset management approach to transportation planning and offers municipalities and the general public a better idea of which projects are moving through development into implementation. An asset management based system of planning increases the emphasis on preservation and maintenance to keep assets in good condition, avoiding more expensive long term costs. Asset management focuses on making the best investment decisions that will result in the best long term benefit for the State’s entire transportation network.

A project’s inclusion in the TIP is a critical step, but it does not represent an allocation of funds, obligation to fund, or grant of funds. Projects supported with federal dollars are only guaranteed funding after the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) or the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) or the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) reviews the design, financing, and environmental impacts of a project. Project sponsors must work cooperatively with RIDOT, RIPTA, or the federal agencies to guarantee the federal funding identified in the TIP. This federal guarantee is referred to as an obligation.

The first four years of the TIP must be fiscally constrained, meaning the list of projects in the TIP may not exceed the anticipated funding that is reasonably expected to be available over the four-year timeframe. In order to add projects to the TIP, sufficient revenues must be available. As a result, the TIP is not a wish list but a list of projects with anticipated, but not guaranteed, funding commitments during the timeframe.

FFY 2017- 2025 State Transportation Improvement Program

The State Planning Council approved the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for federal fiscal years 2017-2025 on September 8, 2016. The STIP is a nine-year program which includes Bridge Capital, Bridge Maintenance, Debt Service, Contingency-Inflation, Drainage Capital, Drainage Maintenance, Headquarters Operations, Maintenance Capital, Maintenance Operations, Pavement Capital, Pavement Maintenance, Planning – Program Development, Toll Operations, Traffic Safety Capital, Traffic Safety Maintenance, Transit Capital (RIPTA & RIDOT), Transit Operations (RIPTA & RIDOT), Other Transit Initiatives (RIPTA), Route 6/10, and Transportation Alternatives projects that are eligible to receive federal funding. The TIP must be updated at a minimum of every (4) years in accordance with federal requirements and the State Planning Council’s Rules of Procedure and the first four years of the STIP (FFY 2017-FFY 2020) must be fiscally constrained. This STIP update included a full solicitation of new projects from Rhode Island state agencies, municipalities, organizations, and individuals. These projects were reviewed by subcommittees of the State Planning Council’s Transportation Advisory Committee, Rhode Island Department of Transportation, and Rhode Island Public Transit Authority staff. Recommendations were incorporated into the full draft FFY 2017-2025 STIP document. A complete description of the STIP development process is outlined in the STIP document.

FFY 2017-2025 RI State Transportation Improvement Program

This document provides information on the STIP development process, project selection process, funding resources, program descriptions, and analysis of the STIP including analysis of investment areas, fiscal constraint, equity benefits, and climate change. The accompanying STIP tables include a listing of projects programmed from FFY 2017-2025. Most individual project listings in FFY17-FFY20 include a brief description, location, cost estimate and funding source by year.

FFY 2017-2025 STIP Public Hearing Report

The public comment period for this document began on April 25, 2016, included two (2) public hearings, and closed on June 26, 2016. A public comment report outlining and addressing all comments received is now available.

FFY 2017 – 2025 STIP – TAC Subcommittee Reports

Projects in the categories of Bridge, Pavement, Traffic, Drainage, and Regionally Significant projects were referred to RIDOT to be evaluated primarily using data driven management systems, optimizing the impact of the total investment in Rhode Island’s transportation network. Transit and TAP projects were evaluated by subcommittees comprised of staff of Statewide Planning, RIDOT, RIDEM, RIPTA and members of the TAC. The reports of these subcommittees are posted above.

Other useful FFY 2017-2025 STIP resources:

Regional TIP Project Application Presentations

The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) conducted four (4) regional public meetings where TIP applicants were invited to present their TIP applications. Any member of the general public was also invited to comment on TIP applications. Summaries of these meetings are posted below.

January 11, 2016,
RI Deparment of Administration Providence, RI
January 13, 2016
John H. Chafee, Blackstone River Valley Corridor Commission Office, Woonsocket RI
January 12, 2016
Middletown Town Hall
January 14, 2016
South Kingstown Town Hall

FFY 13-16 TIP Resources

The State Planning Council adopted the FY 2013-2016 TIP on July 12, 2012.  The TIP was last amended on March 13, 2015.  The FY 13-16 TIP expires on September 30, 2016.

FFY 09-12 TIP Resources