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Developing the Tribal Transportation Improvement Program


No single government or agency has responsibility for the construction, operation, or maintenance of the entire multimodal transportation system, therefore coordination is crucial to the performance of the system. This coordination begins with long-range planning and continues as projects emerge as part of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

The purpose of this document is to provide Tribal decisionmakers and planners with an overview of the fundamental process for developing a Tribal Transportation Improvement Program (TTIP) in coordination with Federal, State, and local governments. Similar to the TTIP, there are three other types of TIPs that are relevant and directly applicable to Tribal transportation:

A key message in this module is the importance of continuous, cooperative, and comprehensive (the "3Cs") planning efforts between the Tribe and other Federal, State, and local planning partners. Benefits of the 3Cs process include innovative funding opportunities, streamlined program delivery, and a high-quality, safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly transportation system to serve the needs of the traveling public in Indian Country.

The Transportation Decisionmaking: Information Tools for Tribal Governments series contains modules that cover different aspects of transportation planning. All modules identify linkage points between Indian Reservation Roads (IRR) transportation planning and the Statewide and metropolitan planning process. The intent of this series is to provide an overview of fundamental and conceptual techniques as well as notable practices. The first set of Modules in development include:

The Developing the Tribal Transportation Improvement Program module provides definitions and legal references for each of the TIP documents (TTIP, IRRTIP, metropolitan TIP, and STIP), presents an overview of how the TTIP is developed, and identifies stakeholders and their related processes.

Figure 1: Transportation Decisionmaking Information Tools for Tribal Governments

Each of the training modules is laid out in this graphic of the training module series. At the top of the image is the Introduction to Planning module. Below are three modules, Developing a Long-Range Transportation Plan, Data Collection and Use, and Public Involvement, aligned in a row labeled "planning." Underneath these modules are two more, Tribal Consultation and Partnering and Leveraging aligned in a row labeled "Tribal Intergovernmental Relations." Below them are four modules, Developing the Transportation Improvement Program, Funding Resources, Financial Planning, and Project Prioritization, aligned in a row labeled "programming." In the bottom-most row, labeled "other elements," are the remaining two modules, Safety and Asset Management. All of the modules are encompassed in a large circle with the rows labeled just outside.

Updated: 5/8/2015
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