Transportation Improvement Program
[Note: Amendment No. 1 was technical amendment revising an appendix and is included in the full document.]
Greater Madison MPO-ADMINISTERED FUNDING
The Greater Madison MPO solicits applications and selects projects for funding under three federal programs: the FHWA Surface Transportation Block Grant Program – Madison Urbanized Area (STBG – Urban); FHWA STBG Transportation Alternatives Set Aside Program (TA); and, FTA Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (5310).
FHWA Surface Transportation Block Grant Program – Madison Urbanized Area (STBG – Urban) Funding. Starting with the 2016-2020 program cycle, Greater Madison MPO has solicited projects biennially for FHWA STBG-Urban funding. The STBG (formerly STP) provides flexible funding that may be used for projects to preserve and improve the conditions and performance on any Federal-aid roadway (i.e., classified as an arterial or collector), for bridge projects on any public road, for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure or programs, and for transit capital projects. Eligible recipients are Dane County and local units of government. As a large MPO, Greater Madison MPO receives a sub-allocation of funding under the program, referred to as STBG – Urban, and selects the projects for funding. As of 2019, Greater Madison MPO’s annual allocation of funding is $6.86 million per year. Greater Madison MPO received an additional $3.4 million in supplemental funding for the current 2020-2025 program cycle. The approved 2010 Census urban area boundary for the Madison urban area is the area within which STBG – Urban funds can be spent.
Greater Madison MPO approved revised STBG – Urban program policies and project screening and scoring criteria for evaluating project applications in 2015. A few revisions to the program policies were approved in 2019. The scoring criteria utilize the following nine categories: (1) importance to the regional transportation system; (2) system preservation; (3) congestion mitigation/TSM; (4) safety enhancement; (5) enhancement of multi-modal options; (6) transportation efficient land use, livability, and economic prosperity; (7) environment; (8) environmental justice/health equity; and (9) cost benefit. The STBG – Urban Project Selection Process document, which outlines the process, policies, and project scoring criteria is included as Attachment A of the TIP. It also provides an overview of the program.
As a metropolitan planning organization serving an urban area with a population over 200,000, the Greater Madison MPO receives a direct suballocation of federal funding under the Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set Aside Program. The Greater Madison MPO selects projects for funding with this allocation. Once the projects are selected, WisDOT oversees the projects to ensure that all federal requirements are met and disburses the federal funding to the project sponsors. WisDOT also solicits and selects projects for TA funding in smaller urban areas under 50,000 population that do not have an MPO.
Project solicitation is typically conducted biennially. Greater Madison MPO updated its TAP program policies and project scoring criteria in 2013-2014, in December 2019, and again in October 2021. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), increased the amount of funding available in this program considerably. As a result, supplemental solicitations for applications have been required this year. Two solicitations have already been conducted this year, the first one using the MPO’s “base” funding allocation for FY 2023-2026 not factoring in the increase from the IIJA and the second one for planning projects only using the increased FY 2022 funding under the IIJA. A third solicitation is being conducted during the winter of 2022-2023 using the increased FY 2023-2026 funding from the IIJA (approximately $2.5 million available total) with applications due to WisDOT* and the MPO by February 3, 2023.
The eligible project categories under the TA program per federal law and MPO policy are:
• Provision of on- and off-street facilities for pedestrians and bicycles;
• Provision of infrastructure and systems that provide safe routes for non-drivers;
• Conversion and use of abandoned rail corridors for trails; and
• Safe routes to school program activities (non-infrastructure).
The WisDOT TA program application is available here; projects in the Madison urban area need to submit the Greater Madison MPO Supplemental Application for STBG TA Program Projects as well as the WisDOT TA program application. Note that although the WisDOT application instructions for 2023-2026 states that it is for rural areas and that communities within MPO boundaries are not eligible to apply, this only applies to the STARS program. Communities within MPO boundaries are eligible to apply for funding this cycle. Prior to completing the applications, interested parties should review the Policies and Scoring Criteria for STBG Transportation Alternatives Set Aside Program Projects.
*Applications for projects outside the Madison TMA/Greater Madison MPO area are due to WisDOT by March 24, 2023.FTA Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (5310) Funding. The Section 5310 Program provides formula funding to states and large MPOs to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities. The purpose of the Section 5310 Program is to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation service and expanding transportation mobility options. This program supports transportation services planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special transportation needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities in all areas. Eligible projects include both traditional capital investment and nontraditional investment beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit services. Section 5310 Program information, including Greater Madison MPO application materials, are available on the Specialized Transportation page