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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
MPOs and RPOs submit their individual draft TIPs to PennDOT.
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.
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).
PennDOT delivers an updated draft of the Twelve Year Program (TYP) to the STC for review and approval.
The Program is submitted to the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and the US Environmental Protection Agency for review and approval.
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.
We’ve finished our journey, but if you want to learn more about the public feedback that helped shape the 2019 Twelve Year Program (TYP) and the STC, go to www.TalkPATransportation.com, or contact us with your comments or questions by phone at (717)783-2262 or at RA-PennDOTSTC@pa.gov.