The Twelve Year Program Process

From Planning to Projects

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Welcome to PA’s Transportation Program Infographic—From Planning to Projects! It depicts our official mid range planning tool—the Twelve Year Program Process. Travel with me and few friends as we learn more about the Planning and Programming involved in the TYP.

What is the Twelve Year Program?

PA’s Twelve Year Program (TYP) is a multimodal, fiscally constrained program of transportation improvements spanning a 12-year period. Multimodal means that the TYP includes all travel modes including highways, bridges, public transit, aviation, rail, and bicycle and pedestrian.

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The Twelve Year Program Process The Twelve Year Program, or TYP, Process is similiar to traveling down a roadway with stops along the way. There are ten steps in the process that moves through transportation planning to construction projects.

The Twelve Year Program Process: From Planning to Projects

1. Report State Transportation Commission

Cartoon person standing with a copy of the Transportation Performance Report

The State Transportation Commission (STC) releases a Transportation Performance Report that contains information about how PA’s transportation system performed over the most recent two year period. The public is encouraged to review this report before the STC seeks public input and feedback on local and statewide transportation priorities. The Transportation Performance Report and public feedback help guide the development of the Twelve Year Program (TYP).

2. Listen & Identify Needs Planning Partners

Cartoon person standing with a circle of public outreach activity asking 'Tell Us What You Think'. Activities include Website, Email blasts, Press Release, Social media, Online Survey
									 and Online Public Meeting.

The STC and Planning Partners (Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organizations - MPOs/RPOs) request input from local stakeholders and the public on transportation needs to help identify projects that reflect community and regional goals. The STC's public outreach efforts for the update of the 2019 Twelve Year Program (TYP) received national recognition for effectiveness, innovation, participant diversity and quality feedback!

3. Share Information State Transportation Commission

Cartoon people standing and sitting near a desk and a computer with the monitoring displaying the State Transportation Commission website.

The STC shares the information gathered with the MPOs and RPOs to help guide the update of their regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

Federal Law requires TIPs to be updated every four years. Pennsylvania’s MPOs and RPOs update their TIPs every two years during the Twelve Year Program (TYP) update process.

4. Plan & Prioritize Planning Partners

Cartoon person with sign that reads, 'Limited spending (money bag symbol) means planning & prioritizing.'

MPOs and RPOs compare the transportation needs identified by local stakeholders and the public with the available funding and conduct an initial analysis of potential impacts of proposed projects in assembling a draft TIP.

5. Submit TIPs Planning Partners

Cartoon characters passing on a document labeled 'Draft TIP'.

MPOs and RPOs submit their individual draft TIPs to PennDOT.

6. PennDOT Review PennDOT

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PennDOT reviews the projects included on the individual draft TIPs to ensure that they meet the statewide transportation priorities, are fiscally constrained to fit within budget projections, and conform to air quality standards.

7. Endorse & Incorporate Planning Partners

Cartoon character with map of Pennsylvania illustrating that TIPs are regional (based on Planning Partner) and the STIP is statewide.

The MPOs and RPOs individually endorse their respective draft TIP. The projects included in the draft TIPs are added to the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The STIP covers the entire state and comprises the first four years of the Twelve Year Program (TYP).

8. Draft TYP PennDOT

Cartoon characters standing with a copy of the 2019 Twelve Year Program marked, 'Final Draft'

PennDOT delivers an updated draft of the Twelve Year Program (TYP) to the STC for review and approval.

9. Federal Review Federal

Cartoon character holding the logos of the FEderal Highway Administration/Federal Transit Administration and the US Environmental Projection Agency.

The Program is submitted to the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and the US Environmental Protection Agency for review and approval.

10. Programmed Projects PennDOT

Cartoon characters in different stages of project completion: surveying, planning, and construction.

The projects included in the State Transportation Improvement Plan or STIP (the first four years of the Twelve Year Program [TYP]) are scheduled for implementation. The TYP is a collaborative mid-range planning tool that spans a 12-year period and outlines the multimodal transportation improvements statewide. The TYP is reviewed and updated every two years.