State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
The STIP is a list of transportation projects the State of Rhode Island intends to implement using United States 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 significant outreach efforts to municipalities, public interest groups, and citizens throughout the state.
Federal regulations require that the State Planning Council, acting as the single statewide Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) 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 first four years of the STIP must be fiscally constrained, meaning the list of projects in the STIP 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 STIP, sufficient revenues must be available. As a result, the STIP is not a wish list but a list of projects with anticipated, but not guaranteed, funding commitments during the timeframe.
A project’s inclusion in the STIP 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.
RIPTA relies on the public participation process for the STIP to satisfy federal public participation requirements for its Program of Projects.
State Transportation Improvement Program Resources
An Overview of STIP Guiding Principals
Rhode Island’s Functional Classification System
Previous State Transportation Improvement Programs