FFY 2013 - 2016 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Benefits & Burdens Analysis, and Air Quality Conformity Analysis

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is the regionally agreed on list of priority projects required by federal transportation legislation. It lists all transportation projects in Berks County that intend to use federal funds over the next four years (FFY 2013-2016), along with non-federally funded projects that are regionally significant. The list is multi-modal, meaning that it includes highway, bridge, and public transit projects as well as non-traditional bicycle & pedestrian projects.

The TIP for Berks County contains 79 projects totaling $284.5 million for the phases to be advanced during the next four years. It includes 70 projects valued at $213.0 million addressing the highway system and bridges and 9 projects valued at $71.5 million addressing the transit system. In addition, the statewide Interstate Management Program lists five (5) projects in Berks with a value of $156.5 million.

(All of the following documents are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. To view a PDF document, you must have Adobe's free Acrobat Reader.)

     Introduction
     General Overview of the TIP
     Program Summary
     Opportunity for Review and Public Comment

SECTION 2: Highway and Bridge Projects
     Explanation of Project Descriptions, Maps, Codes and Abbreviations
     Interstate Management Program
     Highway, Bridge and Enhancement Projects
     Interstate Management Projects 
     Highway, Bridge and Enhancement Financial Plan
     Project Maps

SECTION 3: Transit Projects
     Explanation of Maps, Project Descriptions, Codes and Abbreviations
     Transit Projects
     Transit Financial Plan

TIP Amendments/Modifications
Between the regular two-year updates to the TIP, it may become necessary to make Amendments (project additions or deletions) or Modifications (changes to project schedules or funding) based on updates to available funding levels, updated engineering and/or cost estimates, changing project schedules, or changing priorities.  These changes are regulated by the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) found in Appendix A.  As these changes are approved, we will post them here.  The first document will list project- or phase-specific information.  The second document will be an updated spreadsheet reflecting both prior and current changes to the program.

Current Changes                                   Updated Program
November 15, 2012                                  November 15, 2012
 
The Benefits and Burdens Analysis reviews and identifies how the transportation planning process and transportation improvements identified in the FFY 2013-2016 TIP are distributed within the region. The projects and programs are reviewed against the locations of various demographic groups throughout the county and assesses the potential effects of projects and programs. The steps used in the completion of these analyses are summarized in this report.
 
Air Quality Conformity Analysis
The Air Quality Conformity Analysis is an integral part of the Transportation Improvement Program. Using the Planning Commission's Travel Demand Forecasting Model and USEPA's MOBILE6 air quality emissions model, the mix of projects and strategies shown in the TIP have been shown to conform to air quality standards for ground-level ozone and fine particulates set for Berks County. The two volumes available below detail the air quality conformity analysis.  Note that for the Draft FFY 2013-2016 TIP, the mix of projects was similar enough to the current FFY 2011-2014 TIP and 2035 Long Range Plan that, in agreement with the Pennsylvania Interagency Consultation Group, a new Air Quality Conformity Analysis was not undertaken.  The results from the current Analysis are still valid.