Transportation Improvement Program
Hearing for public comment on proposed Transportation Improvement Program
The Bellevue Transportation Commission invites people who live or work in Bellevue and other interested people to a public hearing on the proposed 2014-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 9
Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Avenue NE
Conference Room 1E-113
The local TIP is required and adopted pursuant to state law (RCW 35.77.010). The RCW mandates all local jurisdictions to annually adopt and submit to the state a six-year program of transportation improvements, the local TIP, by the end of June.
The six-year Local TIP serves as a draft work plan for the development of local transportation systems. It represents an important planning component under the State’s Growth Management Act. The state Department of Transportation and Puget Sound Regional Council use local TIPs as a tool for coordinating the transportation programs of local jurisdictions with those of regional agencies. PSRC also monitors local TIPs for projects of regional significance, which need to be modeled for regional air quality conformity with federal standards, and to track projects supported by federal funds.
The primary importance of the local TIP to Bellevue is that, in most instances, projects must be included to be eligible for state and federal grant programs. Unlike the city’s funded 2013-2019 Capital Investment Program (CIP) Plan and 12-year Transportation Facilities Plan (TFP), the local TIP is not revenue constrained, nor is the list of projects prioritized in any way. The city may include all projects that it would choose to implement within the six-year time frame if funding were available. The local TIP then, by definition, represents a more comprehensive listing of projects deemed necessary to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the city’s transportation system.
The May 9 hearing presents the opportunity for the Transportation Commission to hear the community’s input and opinions on what projects should be implemented if funding becomes available. Following the hearing, the commission will forward a TIP update recommendation to the City Council, which is scheduled to review and approve the program in early June.
For more information about the TIP, contact Kristi Oosterveen in the Transportation Department at 425-452-4496 or e-mail email@example.com.