Transportation Improvement Program
Many City of Boulder transportation projects are funded in part with federal dollars, which are generally distributed through the regional Transportation Improvement Program.
Regional Transportation Improvement Program
To comply with federal requirements, the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) prepares plans and programs, including the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the Transportation Improvements Program (TIP), that will help create a multi-modal transportation system.
The RTP is a long-range transportation plan for the Denver metro region and is implemented through the TIP. The TIP is prepared every four years by the DRCOG, in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Regional Transportation District (RTD), to distribute funding for transportation projects in the region.
Eligible project categories include roadway reconstruction and bicycle and pedestrian projects.
To learn about how projects are selected for inclusion in the TIP, read the DRCOG Policy on Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Preparation.
The city generally uses the following steps when developing potential projects for the TIP.
- City staff requests project ideas from various city departments and partner agencies.
- Initial project ideas are evaluated and developed as concepts, public input is sought, and revised ideas are presented to the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) during a public hearing. The TAB analyzes the potential projects and approves a list of projects for further development.
- City staff develops conceptual designs and cost estimates for each of the proposed projects. The TAB hosts another public hearing and then recommends a set of projects to City Council for submission to the DRCOG.
- City staff presents the proposed projects and the TAB recommendation to City Council at a public hearing.
- If a project is funded through the TIP, it is also included in the city's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for additional funding. The city continues to develop the project's design and seek community input through public meetings.
The most recent solicitation for projects was issued on July 28, 2014 for the 2016 - 2021 TIP.
City Projects Awarded Funding Through the 2016-2021 Federally Funded TIP
Seven of the of the eight projects that were submitted by the City of Boulder received federal funds:
- Diagonal Highway (28th to Independence) Transportation Improvements;
- Foothills Parkway (Diagonal Highway to Valmont Road) Operational Improvements;
- Wonderland Creek Underpass and Multi-use Path (Foothills Parkway to 30th Street);
- 28th Street (Iris to Yarmouth avenues) Multi-use Path and On-street Bike Improvements;
- Pearl Parkway (30th Street to Foothills Parkway) Multi-use Path;
- Wonderland Creek at 28th Street Underpass and Improvements; and
- Baseline Road Underpass Between Broadway and 27th Way.