Welcome to PA’s Transportation Program Infographic—From Planning to Projects! It depicts our official mid range planning tool—the 12-Year Program Process. Travel with me and few friends as we learn more about the Planning and Programming involved in the TYP.
The 12-Year Program (TYP) is a collaborative mid-range planning tool, required under Pennsylvania law, that consists of multimodal transportation improvements spanning a 12-year period. Multimodal means that the TYP includes all means of transportation, including highways, bridges, public transit, aviation, rail, freight, and active transportation such as bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The TYP is reviewed and updated every two years.
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 STC encourages the public to review this report before they seek public input and feedback on local and statewide transportation priorities.
The STC, PennDOT, and Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organizations (MPOs/RPOs) request input from the public on transportation priorities and needs. The public input helps identify projects that reflect community and regional goals.
MPOs and RPOs compare the transportation needs identified by local stakeholders and the public with expected funding and regional and statewide goals for infrastructure in assembling a draft TIP.
Each MPO and RPO submits a draft TIP to PennDOT.
PennDOT reviews the projects included on the individual draft TIPs to ensure that they meet statewide transportation priorities, fit within budget projections, and conform to air quality standards.
Each MPO and RPO endorses their draft TIP after holding a 30-day public comment period. PennDOT incorporates the projects in the MPO and RPO TIPs in the draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The STIP makes up the first four years of the TYP.
PennDOT prepares the draft TYP for the STC’s review and adoption.
PennDOT submits the draft STIP to the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and the US Environmental Protection Agency for review and approval.
PennDOT advances the projects in the STIP for design and construction. With the completion of each project, the improved infrastructure helps to enhance the mobility and safety of Pennsylvania’s transportation system.