Transportation Improvement Program


The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a staged, multi-year multimodal program of transportation projects consistent with the Augusta Regional Transportation Study (ARTS) area Long Range Transportation Plan. 

Time Frame
The ARTS TIP covers a four-year period for the Georgia portion of the study area and a five-year period for the South Carolina part.  The ARTS TIP is approved by the ARTS Policy Committee and subsequently    approved by the governors of Georgia and South Carolina.  The TIP is subject to amendment during the program year.  Projects in the ARTS TIP are included in the Georgia and South Carolina State TIPs. 

The ARTS TIP includes all transportation projects, or identified phases of a project within the study area, proposed for funding with federal highway and transit funds.  The following information is included for each TIP Information for each project includes:  description, estimated total cost, amount of federal funds allocated each program year, proposed sources of funding, and responsible implementing agencies.  The TIP must be financially constrained for each program year by demonstrating that the identified projects can be implemented using current and proposed revenue sources.  In the ARTS TIP, projects are grouped by state (GA SC) and by type of project (road, transit).  The TIP also lists projects from the previous TIP that have been implemented, and identifies any significant delays in the implementation of major projects. 

Development of the TIP is financed by a combination of federal highway and transit planning funds and state and local matching funds.  Surface transportation projects in the TIP are financed under the following funding categories:  Interstate Maintenance, National Highway System, Surface Transportation Program, Railroad Protection / Hazard Elimination, Bridge Program, Demonstration Program for Highways, Intermodal and Railroads.  Transit operating and capital projects are authorized under sections of the Federal Transit Act.  Generally speaking federal funds account for 80% of the cost of each TIP project, state funds 10% and local funds 10%. 

The following entities are involved in developing the TIP: ARTS Committees, Augusta Planning & Development Department and Aiken County Planning & Development Department (in consultation with GA DOT and SC DOT), General Public, and other interested parties. 

For More Information
Contact the Augusta Planning & Development Department  (706) 821-1796 or the Aiken County Planning and Development Department (803) 642-1520.  ARTS staff are available to give presentations to organizations or businesses.