Greater Madison MPO

Transportation Improvement Program

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which the Greater Madison MPO updates annually, is a coordinated listing of short-range transportation improvement projects anticipated to be undertaken in the next five-year period. The TIP is the mechanism by which the long-range transportation plan is implemented, and represents the transportation improvement priorities of the region.

Projects within the Greater Madison MPO Planning Area must be included in the TIP in order to be eligible to receive federal funding assistance. Outer county area projects are also listed for information and coordination purposes. The list is multi-modal. In addition to streets/roadways, it includes transit, pedestrian and bicycle, parking, and rideshare/transportation demand management projects.

The coordinated listing of projects in the TIP is prepared as a cooperative effort by state and local implementing agencies and the staff of the Greater Madison MPO, and is primarily based upon capital improvement programs and budgets. Implementing agencies submit their listings of proposed projects to MPO staff to coordinate into a comprehensive listing of proposed transportation improvements, with indications of project scope, cost timing, etc. The listing is subject to review by the MPO Policy Board, MPO Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), and local units of government. Opportunities are also provided for public involvement and comments.

The TIP is not a final schedule of project implementation. The time frame shown in the TIP is a "best estimate" at the time of TIP development. The timing of projects can change due to lack of available federal or local funds, delays in project development activities, changes in implementation priorities, and other factors. The annual updating of the TIP allows for these adjustments to project schedules and changes in relative priorities of transportation improvement. In addition, the TIP may be amended after it is adopted in order to add or delete projects, advance a project into the first year, or accommodate cost, phasing, or scope changes to a project. These amendments are usually minor. If a major change is proposed (see Attachment G of TIP for what constitutes “major” change), an opportunity for review and comment and a hearing are provided.

2025-2029 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

2024-2028 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

2024-2028 Transportation Improvement Program (PDF)

Selection Process for Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) – Urban Program (updated May 2023) (PDF)

Interactive Map of the Transportation Improvement Program

TIP Amendment No. 1

TIP Amendment No. 2

TIP Amendment No. 3

TIP Amendment No. 4

Listing of Projects with Obligated Federal Funding

CY 2023 Listing of Projects with Obligated Federal Funding

CY 2022 Listing of Projects with Obligated Federal Funding

CY 2021 Listing of Projects with Obligated Federal Funding

CY 2020 Listing of Projects with Obligated Federal Funding

CY 2019 Listing of Projects with Obligated Federal Funding

CY 2018 Listing of Projects with Obligated Federal Funding


The Greater Madison MPO solicits applications and selects projects for funding under four federal programs: the FHWA Surface Transportation Block Grant Program – Madison Urbanized Area (STBG – Urban); the Carbon Reduction Program; FHWA STBG Transportation Alternatives Set Aside Program (TA); and, FTA Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (5310).

Carbon Reduction Program Funding.

The Carbon Reduction Program (CRP) was established by the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill with the goal of reducing transportation emissions nationwide.  The purpose of the Carbon Reduction Program is to reduce transportation emissions through the development of State carbon reduction strategies and by funding projects designed to reduce transportation emissions. Over the course of five years, approximately $6.4 billion will be apportioned to the program, with approximately $1.1 million of that total amount expected to be allocated within the Greater Madison MPO planning area annually.

Eligible projects include:

  • Establishment or operation of a traffic monitoring, management, and control facility or program, including advanced truck stop electrification systems (23 USC, Section 149(b)(4));
  • A public transportation project that is eligible for federal assistance (23 USC, Section 142);
  • Construction, planning, and design of on- or off-road trail facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists;
  • Advanced transportation and congestion management technologies (23 USC, Section 503(c)(4)(E));
  • Deployment of infrastructure-based intelligent transportation systems capital improvements and the installation of vehicle-to-infrastructure communications systems;
  • Replacement of street lighting and traffic control devices with energy-efficient alternatives;
  • Congestion pricing, shifting transportation demand to non-peak hours or other transportation modes, increasing vehicle occupancy rates, or otherwise reducing demand for roads, including electronic toll collection and transportation demand management strategies;
  • Efforts to reduce environmental and community impacts of freight movements;
  • Diesel engine retrofit projects as described in 23 USC, Section 149(b)(8);
  • Certain types of projects to improve traffic flow and that does not result in the construction of new capacity (23 USC, Section 149(b)(5);
  • Reduction of transportation emissions at port facilities, including through the advancement of port electrification.

In April 2024 the MPO Policy Board adopted Project Scoring Criteria for the Carbon Reduction Program which can be accessed here.

Additionally, states must develop a Carbon Reduction Strategy, which support efforts and identify projects and strategies to support the reduction of transportation emissions.  The Wisconsin Carbon Reduction Strategy can be viewed here.

Notice of Carbon Reduction Program (CRP) Project Solicitation (SFY 2025-2028)

WisDOT Local Programs has announced project solicitation for the Carbon Reduction Program (CRP) for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2025-2028. 

The Greater Madison MPO will have receive an estimated allocation of about $5,050,700 over this period, half which must be programmed for projects in FFY 2025. Application materials, a recording of the SFY 2025-2028 CRP webinar, and a direct link to the AccessGov portal are available on the WisDOT website.


The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2024. Please notify us via email at if and when you submit an application to WisDOT.

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.

The MPO will solicit applications for the 2027-2031 STBG-Urban program cycle in spring 2025. Communities within the MPO urban area boundaries are eligible to apply for funding. Prior to completing the applications, interested parties should review the Selection Process for Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) – Urban Program, updated in May 2023.

FHWA STBG Transportation Alternatives Set Aside Program (TA) Funding.

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.

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, several supplemental solicitations for applications have been required in the last two years. Two solicitations were conducted in 2022, 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 was conducted during the winter of 2022-2023 using the increased FY 2023-2026 funding from the IIJA.

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 and program guide are 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. Prior to completing the applications, interested parties should review the Policies and Scoring Criteria for STBG Transportation Alternatives Set Aside Program Projects.

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.